Wheel weight adhesive removal from rim

Reply

  #1  
Old 07-22-16, 08:56 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 3,339
Wheel weight adhesive removal from rim

I had a new set of tires mounted recently and of course the technician did not remove the adhesive left by the old weights. The design of my wheels is such that it is very noticeable and I want to remove it. I've used brake cleaner and a plastic scraper in the past. Is it safe to use this type of solvent on a wheel or should I buy a product specifically for adhesive removal?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 07-22-16, 09:00 AM
pugsl's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 7,629
I would try goo gone or something similar. Brake cleaner should work apso.
 
  #3  
Old 07-22-16, 09:01 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 3,339
I've heard Goo Gone doesn't work very well, and brake cleaner evaporates too quickly. I'll likely end up using brake cleaner assuming it is safe for the finish.
 
  #4  
Old 07-22-16, 09:07 AM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 18,497
WD40 is a pretty decent remover as well.
 
  #5  
Old 07-22-16, 09:12 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 3,339
I agree. I've used WD40 to clean some aluminum motorcycle parts and it works very well. However, it leaves behind an oily residue. Maybe I'll remove the adhesive with WD40 then follow it up with brake cleaner.
 
  #6  
Old 07-22-16, 10:15 AM
Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Wet side of Washington state.
Posts: 18,334
I use ether starting fluid as a universal adhesive solvent. You must remember that it is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE and the vapors can literally knock you out. It may also remove some paints although I have not experienced that problem.
 
  #7  
Old 07-22-16, 11:03 AM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 11,513
I too usually grab the WD-40 first to see if it'll work.
 
  #8  
Old 07-22-16, 03:47 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: NJ - USA
Posts: 42,970
The WD-40 may soften and dissolve the glue.

Another choices is lacquer thinner. If the weights were glued onto an aluminum rim..... the residue will need to be power buffed off. No amount of any cleaner will remove it completely as the aluminum is too porous.
 
  #9  
Old 07-22-16, 07:22 PM
ukrbyk's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA/ Pacific NW
Posts: 3,189
Steam and rubbing alcohol to wipe softened adhesive of..
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:03 AM.