Reapplying Rubber Tea Cart Wheels
- Replacement Rubber, commonly found as vehicle O-ring material(we sell it by the inch)
- Steel Wool and 220 grit Sand Paper
- Zap-a-Gap glue (or similar professional strength super glue)
- A sharp pair of Scissors
Disassemble the wheel(s) to easily gain access to the circular piece. This will also make it easier to remove the old rubber if there is any.
Most new O-Ring material will have a gummy coating from the manufacturing process. It’s best to clean the rubber first, before cutting or gluing it, using some Steel Wool. We recommend single ought or even 4 ought steel wool to give the rubber a nice shine.
The bottom piece is the uncleaned o-ring, the top is the cleaned material.
Measure the circumference of the wheel (diameter X 3.14) you’ll be applying the rubber to, then cut ~1” extra length. The material cuts easily with Scissors.
Wrap the rubber around the wheel, and make a mark where the two ends should meet up. Cut off the excess, and make sure the O-Ring is not loose enough to roll off after glued.
Using some Zap-a-Gap Pink(thin) glue, apply a small amount all around one of the cut ends.
Then press the two ends together firmly, holding them for ~10 seconds. The glue should be fully dry within 10 minutes.
Using the steel wool (or 220 Sand Paper if necessary), sand away any excess glue and re-polish the rubber. Then roll the rubber onto the wheel, re-assemble, and you're done!