How do you remove worn out tires from RC car rims without leaving lots of rubber and glue behind?
There are a few easy ways to do this which should work for most types of rim. Be warned that some cheaper plastic rims may not be suitable for these methods.
Always get adult supervision when trying any of these methods.
Method 1 – Boiling water
Works better if you cut some of the tire away first, to allow the hot water to get to the glued bead.
Carefully place the wheels in a pan of boiling water on top of the oven. You’ll need to leave them fully submerged for at least 15 minutes.
This method makes the glue brittle, so when you pull at the tires, they come off easier without leaving too much rubber and glue behind.
Any rubber left behind will prise off with a small flat screwdriver, and the brittle glue should come off as well.
Be aware that some of the cheaper or old rims can warp or crack, so this method isn’t suited to every wheel. Warning! Let the water cool before handling the rims!
Method 2 – Acetone / CA Glue remover
Again, this method works better if you cut some of the tire away first, to allow the acetone to get to the glued bead.
Submerge the rims in a closed container full of CA Glue remover/acetone. For best results, leave them in the container for 3 days and the tires should come off easily.
Do this in the garage or shed, not indoors!
Method 3 – Bake RC rims in an oven
Sounds crazy, but you can bake rims in an oven at a medium heat for half hour and the tires should come off easily.
As with the boiling method, the heat breaks down the glue and makes it brittle, so with a little bit of effort, the tires come off.
This works with most typical buggy racing rims, but some cheaper plastic rims may be damaged, so try this at your own risk.
Also, be warned – the oven and your kitchen might smell of rubber after doing this.
Whatever method you use, always take care with boiling water, ovens and acetone.