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Muc-Off Sealant and Glue Remover does a decent job of cleaning your rims after you've used tubeless tyres or tubulars. Sealants are removed with ease, although some rim glue can be a little stubborn and require more elbow grease.
Muc-Off says its Sealant and Glue Remover has a non-aggressive proprietary formula which is safe to use on a whole range of material surfaces, although it does recommend trying a small inconspicuous area first. I tried it on both alloy and carbon fibre rims with no issue at all.
Application is simple enough: give the can a good shake and apply it to half the wheel, allowing it to soak into the leftover glue and sealant for at least 10 minutes.
When that time is up you can soak the other half of the rim and then crack on with wiping it off the first half of the wheel – Muc-Off recommends a microfibre cloth.
The sealant in the pictures had been in the tyre for a few months and the tape had been on the wheel for about a year.
As you can see below from the sections I've used it on, the sealant wiped off with no issue whatsoever after the initial soaking…
…though the glue from the tape took a little more persuasion and another blast from the can to remove it – as did the glue on a tubular wheel. (The pic below shows what the glue was like before I applied the Muc-Off, as well as the bit it has cleaned.)
On the whole, I was impressed. It did the job I was expecting it to without taking too much time, and it's not going to damage your expensive rims.
Priced at £7.99 it's in the region of other aerosol cleaners like the Peatys XXX Solvent Degreaser or GT85 in a similar sized can. These are both more potent degreasers for your entire bike, but as we haven't reviewed any other glue/sealant-specific cleaners it's a little difficult to gauge overall value. I wouldn't have any qualms about paying the full rrp for it.
Overall, it does the business, isn't harsh on your wheels, and is easy to use.
Takes a bit of extra work to get some stubborn glue off but easy to use and kind to your rims
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Muc-Off Glue and Sealant Remover
Size tested: 200ml
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Muc-Off says, "A non-aggressive proprietary formula for dissolving sealant and glue.
"This non-aggressive proprietary formula helps remove rim tape glue, sealant or tubular glue residue from inside rims (and many other surfaces) prior to applying Muc-Off Tubeless Rim Tape. Safe to use on most metal, plastic and carbon fibre surfaces."
It delivers on what Muc-Off says it should.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Muc-Off says: "DANGER: Extremely flammable aerosol. Pressurised container. May burst if heated. May cause drowsiness or dizziness. Repeated exposure may cause skin dryness or cracking. Keep out of reach of children"
We haven't tested any glue/sealant-specific cleaners, but it's about the same price as other aerosol bike cleaners we've reviewed, like Peatys or GT85.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It does a really good job of removing tubeless setup residues.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Works brilliantly on sealant residue.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Takes quite a bit of rubbing to get really stubborn, dry glue off.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It does the job it's designed to without too much issue, and costs about the same as competitors.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!