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  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Armor All for tires?
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Saturday, May 06, 2017 1:20 PM

Guys one of the Ferarris I have coming up is the old Revell Magnum PI 308.

The tires are typical Revell very hard rubber (as opposed to Tamiya) as well as the kit being 30 years old.  The tires are like rocks.

Would regular Armor All do the trick?   Any drawbacks on model tires?

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Saturday, May 06, 2017 1:57 PM

Hi,

I've never tried it, but it might be worth experimenting with.  If it doesn't work out I know that my LHS sells after market 1/24th tires so it should be possible to find replacements somewhere.

Best of luck.

Pat

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, May 08, 2017 8:43 AM

What is wrong with hard tires? 

I actually prefer styrene or resin over vinyl, as I can paint them with anything, rather than having to use dry pigments.  Do the hard tires break when you try to mount them?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 2:39 PM

Armor All will NOT soften the rubber/vinyl.  All it will do is keep any paint from sticking, ever.

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:07 PM

Don, the kit is from the early 80's and as such the dry hard tires have no give when trying to place them on the styrene rims.  Ths will be even more difficult when the rims are painted chrome.   I may just sand down the syrene to make them slide on, something I wanted to avoid.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:23 AM

Ah!  That is another reason I like styrene or resin tires!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2012
Posted by PANZER826 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:54 AM

     Have had the same problem.  I run warm water over the tire or soak them in warm water for a while to make them softer.  This usually works for me.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:59 AM

I would shave down on the inside of the tire with an x-acto #11 blade (slowly rotate the blade inside the tire)a little at a time then test fit  ect... dont take off to much at one time. I have done this using other rims from spares on other brands of kit tires. you dont want to use a substance that will melt the tire.

 

 

 

Nick

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:37 PM

Wilbur Wright

Don, the kit is from the early 80's and as such the dry hard tires have no give when trying to place them on the styrene rims.  Ths will be even more difficult when the rims are painted chrome.   I may just sand down the syrene to make them slide on, something I wanted to avoid.

 

I dip tires in Future acrylic floor polish. Gets them nice and shiny, but also allows you to weather them without damaging the vinyl tires.

  • Member since
    August, 2012
Posted by JMorgan on Sunday, June 04, 2017 3:53 PM

Will Future protect against dry rot?

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