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i need to get some old 1/10 scale off road tires off the rims so I can put new ones on. Is there something that will work and not ruin the rim and tire.

I heard soaking them in Acetone over night will work ? is this true ?

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-I've heard that baking the tires works, but that makes a smelly mess. I know that this does work but I don't know of the best way to do so.
-There are chemicals that will work, but they also eat the foam insert. The wrong chemicals will also soften the tire or wheel or even melt plastic.
-I've also heard that freezing the tires makes the super glue very brittle and you can get the tires off that way too. Don't know of anyone who has tried this.

Unless the wheels are unique or you can't find replacements, the easiest way sometimes is just to buy new wheels. No matter what removal process you use, make sure to wear goggles, rubber gloves, and a mask if you are dealing with harsh chemicals or hot materials.

You might search on a dedicated off-road forum such as rc10b4.com as I'm sure this question has been asked multiple times or the offroad forums here on hobbytalk.
 

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i heard putting them in boiling water for a few minutes also removes them. it releases the glue

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I have used the boiling technique once and the oven technique once. I always fall back to letting them soak in acetone (available by the gallon from the paint section of Home Depot).

Acetone will soften and swell the foam liners but if you are careful not to tear them when they are in that condition, they come back to size and shapen when they dry. The acetone does, however make the Trinity blue foam liners less firm than when new even after they dry completely.

I have never had acetone damage a tire or wheel manuafactured in the last 5 years though it will remove chrome.

Acetone is very volatile so you must be careful not to use it near a source of ignition. It can pop the lit off many plastic containers (I use Tupperware) so a weight on the lid is a good idea.
 

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Thanks for the info. I'm going to try the Acetone. I'm planning to put them in a pan with a piece of wood on them with no lid.
 

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An open pan won't work. The acetone will evaporate before it has time to dissolve the glue (in addition to being a fire hazzard). You must use a sealed container.
 

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Ok. I'll try it this weekend. with the lid. I won't have anything else to do, as it will be snowing here in Northwest, Indiana. :cry:
 

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Please be VERY Careful with Acetone

This is a VERY flamable liquid. The fumes are also VERY strong. Please be careful!!!!
Put the container you are using OUTSIDE somewhere safe that kids or animals can not get into. Somewhere well ventilated.
 

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Acetone

Man now I'm a little worried. There has to be somethong that will work that's not so dangerous or harmful. It's just Glue, is there a glue remover in Lowe's or Menards ?
 

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I don't think you have to be that worried. I used to keep the container outside on my porch and that is when I found out about the actone popping the lid off the container. What I do now is use old tupperware containers and to keep the lid from being popped off I put a steel plate on top. These are the steel plates that railroad ties are laid on. I found some besides some railroad track that was being removed. With the metal plates on the lids, the fumes don't get out.

As far as the fumes being strong, that depends on your nose. I've been using this stuff for years and didn't think much of the smell. Two weeks ago I had the flu and the smell seemed stronger but now that the flu is gone it is just like before.

Two points:

1) Acetone is the main ingredient in nail polish remover. Women use this all the time and don't catch fire or faint from the fumes. In fact, before I found out about being able to get it at home depot, I bought a bottle from a local cosmetics store.

2) In many chemical labs (including my college chemistry lab) acetone is used in a spray bottle to dry glassware after it is washed. The acetone mixes with the water, runs off, and the remainder evaporates very quickly. People don't die from this and no one worries about the smell. They just keep it away from the nearest bunsen burner.

As far as it "just being glue", so is epoxy, but you need some really dangerous stuff to dissolve epoxy. Acetone to remove CA is nothing compared to what it takes to remove epoxy.
 

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I tried it and it works OK. There were some places the tires still had to be cut off. I will try the oven deal. 350...10-15 min. next to see how that works.
 

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I would try boiling them. I have done this for years and it works well. The longer they boil, the better they come off the rim. Once in awhile, I have to cut off a little of the tire that might be let on the rim, but is easy to remove.

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I continued soaking longer and the all the tires came off. i then soaked the rims and there just as clean as new. I think it took longer because my container lid didn't seal 100 %.

Next time I will try boiling.
 

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new wheel

The new wheel looks like a good idea too.

which brings me to my next question.

Is the offset different on rear wheeles ? Like a wheel for a T3, T4 or even buggy and Losi MF2 trucks, or are they all the same ?
 
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