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Kratos8051
#1 Posted : 28 October 2013 09:05:32

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Hi guys,

At last I got some time to continue by build this passing weekend and got up to the issue where you cover the tyres with the silicone oil and put them in the blue bag (sorry, I cannot remember the issue number). Now, I have a couple of questions.

Is the oil only used to provide a nice shine to the tyres, or does it have another purpose?

Secondly, I left some oil in case I need to repeat this process at a later stage. When would I typically repeat this process and is there something else I can use in the future when the oil is finished?

Lastly, it is stated that I should leave the tyres in the bag for at least three days before removing it, wiping the excess oil and then storing it again. Now, since I really build at irregular intervals, can it cause harm if I leave the oil on for longer?
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#2 Posted : 28 October 2013 13:06:17

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Hi Kratos, I used the silicon oil on the tyres & then gave them a good clean after the 3 days (it only takes about 10 mins) & then stored them in a plastic container & they were fine afterwards.Give them a really good clean when you're ready to put them on the car.The oil does give them a slight shine but i think the main reason for doing this is to put a coating on the tyres so they don't dry out & crack in the future.An important tip to remember is that after you've touched the tyres give your hands a really good wash as silicon oil is hard to clean off anything you've touched.I've now got fingerprints on my coffee table & kitchen doors that won't come off no matter how much i clean them.Hope this helps.Stu
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#3 Posted : 28 October 2013 14:05:27

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Hi Stu,

Thanks for the reply. I will do that! I think I will give them another application this coming weekend. I was a bit stingy on the oil because I was unsure if I will need it again in the future.

Also, thanks for the tip on washing my hands thoroughly, especially if I'm planning on working on the model after cleaning the tyres. I don't want my oily prints all over the paintjob.
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Actually, I seem to remember that the purpose of the oil was to make all 4 tyres look the same, as they differed when delivered.
I didn't use the oil at all - horrible and messy.
I just 'polished' each tyre with a dry 'yellow duster' and they all then looked the same.
Bin the grease and blue bags.
Not needed.

Roy.
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#5 Posted : 28 October 2013 15:30:43

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Ah...I see. Thanks Roy. So it is just to compensate for colour mismatch between the four tyres?

Unfortunately, I already went with the oily messy route, so I'll see it through. I'll just be careful when working with the oil.
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Roy is correct BigGrin some of the tyres received by members had a slight difference in finish due to the mould release agent. Silicon oil and a bag was supplied to assist in correcting the difference.

All tyres should in effect be given a wash in slightly soapy water and then once dried the silicon oil can be applied with a lint free cloth and buffed up so that your happy with all 4 tyres looking the same. Alternatively you can use the bag as described in the build series but I personally prefer using a cloth as less mess.

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#7 Posted : 29 October 2013 04:00:44

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Firstly i want to apologize to Kratos for giving you wrong advice.My answer was given with the best intentions, so sorry about that.Thanks for correcting me guys.I wasn't exactly sure what the silicon oil was for.It was in the instructions so i went ahead with it.I must have been lucky because all my tyres looked the same before putting the oil on.If i'd known what it was really for i wouldn't have bothered, it was a pretty messy process.I thought there was a more complex reason for apply it.You live & learn.Stu
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#8 Posted : 29 October 2013 08:54:25

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Thanks for all the help guys!

And Stu, don't worry about it. You didn't give bad or wrong advice. I also thought the oil was to prevent cracking and dryness. All the tyres I received were luckily also the same colour, but I guess it can't do any harm using the oil (even though it is quite messy). So all-and-all, no harm done.

Spencer, thanks for the tip on buffing the tyres. I still have some oil left, so I might give that a shot to ensure they keep their shiny (and matching) colours.
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Stupot wrote:
Firstly i want to apologize to Kratos for giving you wrong advice.My answer was given with the best intentions, so sorry about that.Thanks for correcting me guys.I wasn't exactly sure what the silicon oil was for.It was in the instructions so i went ahead with it.I must have been lucky because all my tyres looked the same before putting the oil on.If i'd known what it was really for i wouldn't have bothered, it was a pretty messy process.I thought there was a more complex reason for apply it.You live & learn.Stu



Stu... Not a problem mate and as long as your happy with your result then ally's good. We have all in some way jumped in and answered only to be corrected at some point so no harm done and don't be put off answering future posts.. Just a little research first goes a long way BigGrin

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#10 Posted : 30 October 2013 10:52:35

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Thanks Spence, I'm usually pretty good at answering questions.I will take your advice & do a little research next time.Blushing Stu
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