Gluing RC Tires is as Easy as 1,2,3.
December 12th 2022
Gluing RC tires is easy
If you have a remote control hobby grade RC vehicle, you may eventually need to replace or repair the tires. This can be a bit tricky, but with the right tools and techniques, you can easily glue new tires onto your vehicle's wheels. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide for gluing tires onto your RC vehicle, as well as some tips for removing old tires and dealing with stubborn glue.
What you’ll need
First, make sure that you have all of the necessary materials. You will need tire glue designed explicitly for RC vehicles, as well as the new tires and a clean work surface. It is also a good idea to have some old newspapers or a drop cloth to protect your work surface from glue spills.
Preparing to glue tires
To remove the old tires from the wheels, use a hobby knife or a pair of pliers to gently pry the tire away from the wheel. If the tire is still stuck, you can try using a heat gun or a hair dryer to soften the glue. Another option is to use a tire release agent, which is a chemical solution that can break down the bonds of the glue. Once the old tire has been removed, clean any excess glue or debris from the wheel.
Applying tire glue
Before applying the tire glue, place the tire onto the wheel, making sure that it is centered and aligned properly. To apply the new tire glue, start by applying 4 to 8 small drops of glue around the bead of the tire. Tire glue is quite thin and will flow around the bead. Some people like their tires “tacked” in place by multiple glue points which makes for easier removal when you want to change tires but increases the chance the tire will come loose from the wheel at high speed. Some prefer that the entire tire bead is glued to hold solidly in place and they have no intention of changing tires.
Final steps for gluing RC tires
Once the tire is securely in place, you will need to let it dry. RC tire glue will typically be dry to the touch in 30 seconds or less however it won't normally be cured for 6-8 hours
Be sure to read the instructions on the glue package to determine the recommended drying time. We often wrap a few elastic bands around the centre of the tire tread to bulge the sidewall out and put a little more pressure on the bead while drying.
After the glue has dried, you can test the tire to make sure it is securely attached. Gently roll the wheel back and forth to see if the tire is moving or coming loose.
RC Nation is your RC authority
In conclusion, gluing tires onto a remote control hobby grade RC vehicle requires careful attention to detail and a bit of patience. By following these steps and using the right materials, you can easily replace or repair the tires on your RC vehicle and get back to enjoying your hobby. If you have any questions or need additional information, we recommend checking out RC Nation. They are the authority on all things related to remote control vehicles, and they can provide expert advice and guidance on this topic. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced RC enthusiast, RC Nation is the go-to resource for all of your RC vehicle needs.