Super Glue R/C Car Tires
Super Glue R/C Car Tires
When it comes to off-terrain R/C or remote-controlled cars, the most important part is the R/C car’s tires, especially if you are trailing through dirt and mud. Having a sturdy set of tires and wheels on your remote-controlled car will undoubtedly it performing at its most optimal state. This effectively enhances the thrill since the stability of the tires increases the chance of your R/C car running more smoothly no matter what terrain it’s driving in.
If your R/C car is going to keep up and perform to your expectations, you'll need to upgrade or replace the tires at some point in time. Whether it’s from wear-and-tear or from too much dirt getting trapped inside of the tires, replacing them is inevitable. This can be quite the challenge that demands your undivided attention if success is to be achieved. In this case, you will need to learn how to glue the tires onto the wheels. This process, even though challenging, can be quite simple and successful if you follow the instructions step by step. These tips will guide you into successfully gluing your R/C car tires into place.
What You Will Need
- Starbond Premium Multi-Purpose Medium EM-150 CA Glue
- Tire Bands
- A rag
Step 1: Add Small Holes
This is not a mandatory step but definitely recommended. If you intend to drive your R/C car on clean terrain, then this step can be skipped. However, if you enjoy the thrill of rocky, muddy, and dirt terrain, then the holes will definitely come in handy. The reason for adding small holes into your tires is so any trapped dirt can escape freely while the wheels are still in motion. They will drain off water if your R/C car is treading through water.
For this first step, turn the tires inside out and take out the foam inserts. This will help make the incisions of the holes that much easier. Create a hole by folding and squeezing the tire together. For average sized R/C car tires, make two small angled cuts in the middle of the tire. Each of the two holes should be on opposite ends of the tire. The number of holes depend on the size of your tires. For larger, monster type tires, three to four holes are highly recommended.
Step 2: Sand the Glue Channels of the Wheel and Tire
In order for the super glue to bond firmly, you will need to sand or scuff the areas of the tire and the wheel by using sandpaper or a scouring pad. This will help secure a more efficient bond because the glue will latch on better to the sanded areas of the wheel and tire. The side walls and the bead of the tire are key targets areas. If there is extra material on the bead or edges of the tire, you can use a small pair of sharp scissors to trim them off before you start sanding. This will give you a cleaner surface to work with.
Step 3: Clean the Wheels and Tires
This step is crucial for successfully bonding the tires to the wheels. This is where most people encounter failure. If the tires and wheels are not cleaned properly then the bond won’t be as secure. Even though the tires are new, you will still need to clean them. When brand new wheels and tires are produced, an oily residue can be found on them. This is absolutely normal but this residue can interfere with a successful adhesion of the ca glue.
In order to thoroughly get rid of the residue, use rubbing alcohol. Apply a generous amount onto the rag. Then free the tire and wheel of any gunk or residue. Make sure to use the entire rag. It is not recommended that you use household cleaners since these can also leave a residue, which will hinder a strong bond.
Step 4: Install the Foam Inserts back into the Tire
Carefully place the foam inserts back into the tires. Make sure the inserts are laying down completely flat for a snug fit. If they appear to not fit evenly or if they stick out of the tire a bit, make sure to trim the excess pieces of the inserts with scissors until they fit properly.
Step 5: Mount the Tires onto the Wheels
With the inserts carefully set into place, the tires are ready to be wrapped around the wheel. Carefully slide the wheel evenly into the tire without changing the position of the foam inserts. Do not slide the wheel in at an angle because this can disrupt the position of the insert. Keep working with it until the edge of the tire is about comfortably flushed against the side of the wheel.
Step 6: Apply the Tire Bands
Tire Bands come in handy during the gluing process. You have the option of using good old-fashioned rubber bands instead, but tire bands have special tabs added to them that help make positioning and removing that much easier. They hold the tire in position while gluing. These bands also aid in the drying process.
Step 7: The Gluing Process
Before you start gluing, make sure you have a high-quality tire glue. This is where your medium viscosity super glue comes in handy. You only need a few drops of this super glue. Too much glue application can increase the drying time and can also lead to excess glue spilling over onto the wheel and tire.
Pull back part of the tire to expose the channel of the front face of the wheel when you’re about to start gluing. Apply the tire glue onto the bottom portion of the channel. Then return the tire to its original position and spread the glue to the edge of the wheel. Repeat this process around the entire length of the wheel until you get back to the area where you originally began.
When you finish applying the tire glue into the inside of the channel, apply the glue onto the outside where the tire and wheel meet. This will ensure a much stronger bond by filling in any unnecessary gaps. Wipe off any excess glue with another clean rag and let the wheel dry for about 10 minutes.
Step 8: Remove the Insert and Start the Second Gluing Process
To help prevent the tire from bulging, simply glue the inner sidewall support of the wheel to the tire to create an even more stronger bond between the tire and the wheel. To do this, remove the tire bands and flip the tire inside out again, but start on the opposite side of the tire that is not glued, and remove the insert. The tire should have a strong bond on the front side of the wheel, so it can just hang on the outside of the wheel when you flip it inside out. From there, gently pull back the tire from the inner sidewall support so it could be exposed. Apply a few drops of the tire glue and then lightly press it back onto the wheel. Continue this process around the entire length of the wheel until you have reached your starting point.
Step 9: Weight it Down for Extra Bonding Strength
After the tire is firmly pressed down onto the wheel evenly, lay the wheel, with the tire still flipped inside out, facing up towards the ceiling. Apply some weight of about 2-3 pounds steadily on top of the wheel. Using an unopened can of soda or a small book can do the trick. This will ensure that the tire is positioned properly and evenly. Let this position of the tire and wheel dry for another 10-15 minutes.
Step 10: Reposition the Foam Inserts and the Final Gluing Process
When the sidewalls are completely dry, you can slide the inserts back onto the wheels. Flip the tires back into the correct position without changing the position of the inserts. Make sure the tires are positioned evenly onto the wheels to where it feels snug. Then reposition the tire bands to the edge of the side of tires that were just glued. Finally, like in Step 7, apply additional tire glue onto the outside where the tire and the wheel meet to ensure a much stronger bond by filling in any gaps or areas that were missed.
These steps are highly effective and can be used to glue various types of tires and wheels together. Gluing R/C car tires is a fun activity for people who especially enjoy this hobby. Although the gluing process can pose quite a challenge, especially if you’re a beginner, patience and practice can make it easier. Following these easy and simple steps will help your R/C car run more efficiently.
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