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Old 03-26-19, 05:01 PM
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Rim Tape/ Cleaner Recommendations

Needed to change my rear tire. I'm using Pro Ones on Enve 4.5 AR Disc wheels. What cleaner do you use to get the dried up sealent off the rim? Also what tape? I need to redo as I got a bunch of spoke leaks and thought I'd get some more advise. What a PITA getting the sealant cleaned off......Thanks
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You will get as many answers as there were in the thread about what gets wax out of concrete. I'm looking forward to the list of suggestions. Should be entertaining.

I've used many different solvents and none were magic. All required significant elbow grease.

Isopropyl alcohol seems to work OK on tape residue.


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Effetto Mariposa sells a latex solvent that works very well.
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I like using Goo-Gone for cleaning up adhesive residue, and then rubbing alcohol to remove any trace of the Goo-Gone.
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Q-tips and a dental tool to get inside the rim.
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things that are cheaply available to try:
- isoproply rubbing alcohol (any CVS, Target, Walmart)
- denatured alcohol (Home Depot)
- ammonia (Home Depot, hardware store)
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No magic found yet. Use something and turn to a new section of cloth every few inches helps a lot. A sticky layer on the surface and the cloth just rolls around.
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Confounded. 0 for 3. Way too many spoke hole leaks. I'm not new to this and have done tubless changes many times. Last attempt cleaned with recommended Effetto Mariposa cleaner and used their tape. Rim is spotless clean. I doubled taped this time. The second attempt I added sealent to see if it would correct the leaks. Nada. I alway mount my tubeless and leak test in sink before adding sealant. Been fine till now. My philpsopy has been if you need sealent to make a tubless setup work you do not have a tubless tire. After all do we need sealent in out tubeless car tires? Sealent should only be needed for puncture protection. Am I wrong? How many of my fellow tubless users rely on sealent to make the mounting work? I see tubes in my future. The juice might not be worth the squeeze.........
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
I like using Goo-Gone for cleaning up adhesive residue, and then rubbing alcohol to remove any trace of the Goo-Gone.
Not saying GooGone is one of them, but conceivably, aren't there cleaners that while would attack these residues, aren't there similar compounds in the resins of CF products that you obviously wouldn't want attacked? In other words, are there any chemicals out there in conventional cleanup products that you must keep away from CF?
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Not saying GooGone is one of them, but conceivably, aren't there cleaners that while would attack these residues, aren't there similar compounds in the resins of CF products that you obviously wouldn't want attacked? In other words, are there any chemicals out there in conventional cleanup products that you must keep away from CF?
Good question/point. I was speaking only for aluminum, not sure if these would be good on CF.
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Unfortunately, without holding them in my hands, I can't say what was wrong. Maybe the rim was spotless, and the tape job was bad. Maybe the tape you are using is no good for your rim. There are too many variables that aren't mentioned that could cause leaks...even rim damage.

Do you set your tape in place with a tire/tube first, or just install the tires?
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