Removing dried sealant before adding tubes- worth the effort?

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  • Removing dried sealant before adding tubes- worth the effort?
  • Putting some mtb tyres on for a spin down the ridgeway. Putting tubes in as it’s only for one weekend, but tyres have plenty of dried out tubeless gunk in them.
    Is it worth the effort cleaning it out just for tubes?
    Had an issue once with residue from an old tyre boot causing fiction puncture on tubes…but that was a road tyre.

    Worth cleaning or not?

    Premier Icon survivor
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    I usually get the bigger bits out but then soon get bored so leave the rest and I’m still alive to pass on this useful knowledge!

    Premier Icon oldnpastit
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    Ain’t nobody got time for that.

    Premier Icon frogstomp
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    Remove any big chunks and make sure to check thoroughly for any thorns etc. which are still in place but were sealed.

    Cleaning the inside of tyres isn’t something I’ve got much time for either…but just want to be sure it’s not going to lead to punctures when I’m 40miles from home!

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    frogstomp

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    Remove any big chunks and make sure to check thoroughly for any thorns etc. which are still in place but were sealed.

    That sounds about right to me too.

    Have also discovered that just rubbing it hard with scrunched up kitchen towel does a surprisingly good job of removing it. Texture of it just enough to grip sealant and peel it off.
    Not saying it’s a breeze but better than expected and easier than finger tips.

    escrs
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    Recently cleaned mine out before going back to tubes with sealant in them (prefer less mess when switching tyres but like having sealant protection, plus i don’t run low pressures, 30psi min)

    Wasn’t too bad, took 5 mins per tyre, get a nice even peel the width of the tyre and you can keep it going so it comes off in large sections, cleaned the beads up using my finger and thumb, inside the tyre looked like new

    Premier Icon pictonroad
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    Those cheap leather gardeners gloves are your friend here. Takes two minutes to get 80% of it off.

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