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    Whats the best thing to use for glueing foam tires on aluminum rims. hillbilly

  • #2
    I always liked good old Testors model glue or clear nail polish. It allows you time to work the tire and make sure it is mounted true.
    Then once dry, you can use a light amount of super glue on the edges if needed.
    Make sure the wheel is clean and lightly scuffed for best adhesion.
    -Harry

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    • #3
      Foam tires require a different technique.

      Coat the wheel and the inside of the foam donut with a contact adhesive, preferably 3M weatherstrip adhesive from the auto parts store. It's a yellow color.

      Let the adhesive dry completely, then drop the donut into some lacquer thinners, wet the wheel as well and slide the donut into position. Let this dry for 24 hours before trimming the width and grinding to size (in that order). Don't cut too fast as the tire size will change of the first heats up too much.
      Dennis Samson

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      • #4
        I also read to use weather stripping glue , I hope what read is correct .

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        • Bill from NH
          Bill from NH commented
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          In the 70's we used 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive (aka gorilla snot) for gluing foam tires to aluminium rims. I would glue the rim & let it set for a few minutes. Then I dipped it in lacquer thinner, which activated the glue & the foam doughnut slid right on & could be positioned properly. I let them dry 24 hr. before i cut them on a lathe. Today, the 3M adhesive is available in both black & yellow at most auto parts stores.

      • #5
        Dennis is correct this is the very best way my suggestion is be quick after you soak the donut.

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        • #6
          If you use a glue that sets hard like superglue or nail varnish you'll find the foam tears at the wheel join, you need a flexible glue like weatherstrip adhesive or other contact glue. For years I used Evostik on 1/12th pan car tyres and it works with my slot car foams too. I glue both the wheel and inside of the donut, wait until they're dry to the touch then a quick spray of easistart in the tyre and on the wheel enables the donut to slide on easily...then wait for it to dry 100%

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          • #7
            contact cement for me, as above.

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            • Bill from NH
              Bill from NH commented
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              I had a heavy clothes hook that kept falling off a bathroom doorto a tile floor. I finally glued it back on with gorilla snot. When it dried, i could grab that hook & pull myself up off the floor. That stuff will hold most anything.<LOL>

            • SpeedyNH
              SpeedyNH commented
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              could it be that you need the exercise? LOL

            • Bill from NH
              Bill from NH commented
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              I won't argue that point with you, even though that happened 45 years ago. <LOL> I still keep a couple tubes of the stuff around for "when & if."
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