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Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by 2Stevo2 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:16 pm

Chaps,

I am trying to get rid of the black wheel balancing foam/adhesive left behind on the rims when the wheels are re-balanced. Does anyone know of any tools or tips to remove it?

It can be seen at the top right of this picture I took a while ago...
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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by Barney McGrew » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:19 pm

WD40.

Works on things like that really well. Obviously don't spray near the brakes/discs.

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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by 2Stevo2 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:25 pm

Barney McGrew wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:19 pm
WD40.

Works on things like that really well. Obviously don't spray near the brakes/discs.
Cool I'll give that a try....

Is there any blunt tools I could use? I have in my head a blunt piece of plastic or something similar might do the job. I feel just using a cloth takes ages!!
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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by Barney McGrew » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:31 pm

2Stevo2 wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:25 pm
Is there any blunt tools I could use? I have in my head a blunt piece of plastic or something similar might do the job. I feel just using a cloth takes ages!!
If the WD40 works as expected, a tough rag will be fine and will be 'abrasive' enough to work with the WD40 to lift the adhesive off.

This is why it's a good method. Use some elbow grease and no risk to damaging paint etc. You can use plastic scrapers etc but you only need a small piece of sand/grit to lodge under it and it'll mark the surface.

In this weather a hair dryer might help loosen the adhesive too and make things easier.

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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by 2Stevo2 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:17 pm

Barney McGrew wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:31 pm
2Stevo2 wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:25 pm
Is there any blunt tools I could use? I have in my head a blunt piece of plastic or something similar might do the job. I feel just using a cloth takes ages!!
If the WD40 works as expected, a tough rag will be fine and will be 'abrasive' enough to work with the WD40 to lift the adhesive off.

This is why it's a good method. Use some elbow grease and no risk to damaging paint etc. You can use plastic scrapers etc but you only need a small piece of sand/grit to lodge under it and it'll mark the surface.

In this weather a hair dryer might help loosen the adhesive too and make things easier.
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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by Blind Pugh » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:16 pm

2Stevo2 wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:16 pm
Chaps,

I am trying to get rid of the black wheel balancing foam/adhesive left behind on the rims when the wheels are re-balanced. Does anyone know of any tools or tips to remove it?

It can be seen at the top right of this picture I took a while ago...
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Try

- WD40 - liquid mechanic
- Acetone / nail varnish remover - "borrow" from SWMBO
- Sticky stuff remover http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cl ... ff-remover

Use this on motorbike alloy wheels and it works a treat.

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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by Barney McGrew » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:00 am

Blind Pugh wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:16 pm
- WD40 - liquid mechanic
- Acetone / nail varnish - "borrow" from SWMBO
- Sticky stuff remover http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cl ... ff-remover
I would be careful with acetone, it's a very aggressive solvent and can melt plastics etc if you spill it on them. While it works well at things like this, I'd probably not recommend it just in case it's weakening the top coat etc.

Heard good things about the sticky stuff remover though.

Generally I always recommend WD40 as it's usually something most people have to hand so a good first try.

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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by Blind Pugh » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:03 am

Barney McGrew wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:00 am

I would be careful with acetone, it's a very aggressive solvent and can melt plastics etc if you spill it on them. While it works well at things like this, I'd probably not recommend it just in case it's weakening the top coat etc.

Heard good things about the sticky stuff remover though.

Generally I always recommend WD40 as it's usually something most people have to hand so a good first try.
Barney

Fair point - nail varnish remover is much kinder than Acetone.

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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by 2Stevo2 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:37 pm

Found this plastic razor blade set and it worked an absolute treat!!!.....a bit of WD40, let it sink in, gently scrape off. Job done on all 4 wheels in 10 mins with minimal effort :D
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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by janhe » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:34 pm

These are also very good when removing adhesive residues.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RUBBER-ERASE ... 1360407981

Just be smart and don’t burn the paint. :)

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Re: Wheel Balancing Adhesive Removal

Post by tyusaf » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:58 am

Cotton wool pads (round ones)
Spray them with Tar Remover
Stick them to the problem areas
Come back 20 mins later, should come clean off

The rubber/caramel wheel is perfect for when the tar remover doesn’t work; difficult to burn paint, what normally happens is that you heat it up by running it too fast, and you leave a rubber stain to remove. Again tar remover will do the job. Just go slow.




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