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Tire sealants

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by simonsrplant, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. simonsrplant

    simonsrplant Senior Member

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    Does anyone use them?
    If you do, what product and what's the feedback?
    I have new (month old) good year G171 tires which are supposedly designed to stand mining applications.
    I'm running an F550 currently in a coal mine, the small blast rock is puncturing the tread on the tires... I'll unlikely escape rocks between the duals but I try to pay attention to where I drive.
    I used a water based product in the uk with great results but up here in the great white north temperatures will cause me potential freeze issues.
    Changing wheels and wheels is not only getting costly but it's getting irritating.
    Needing some advice here!
    Thanks all!
     
  2. Delmer

    Delmer Senior Member

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    What did you use in the UK? Did it affect the balance of the tires, tire wear, ride, that sort of thing. Some have enough ethylene glycol to work below freezing. I've only used it in smaller tires.
     
  3. Hobbytime

    Hobbytime Senior Member

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    SLIME..supposedly the military uses it in the tires on there trucks..I have used it in smaller tires and it works great on sealing small punctures, downside is when it comes time to replace the tires , it is a mess to clean up and it could cause rusting of the rims, but its a judgement call for the application..
     
  4. simonsrplant

    simonsrplant Senior Member

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    http://www.air-sealproducts.com/
    Real helpful bunch of guys.
    I saw no effect on ride or fuel economy, my error was over measuring the product (thinking it would be more effective) (wrong!) because of this I received slight wheel vibration, but only slight.
     
  5. treemuncher

    treemuncher Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest AVOIDING SLIME at all costs. I used that before and it caused major rusting of the steel rims and deterioration of the tires. It has an ammonia smell to it after it is used for a while so it has some sort of caustic chemicals in it. After finding out these problems with that product, I sh!t-canned every bit of it that I had left.

    Now, if you want something that works and works well, I have had great success with Amerseal. I have used it in tube type and tubeless tires, commercial truck tires, motor cycle tires, car, lawn mower, heavy equipment and other stuff I've forgotten. It has a low freeze point and it is water based so that you can wash it out, install an inside patch and keep going with really bad punctures - I know, I've done it and it works well. No rust, no corrosion, no smell - great stuff in my opinion. I have had a few really bad punctures that it could not handle (and neither could plugs) but in most cases, it seals all smaller leaks without a problem.

    When I replaced all 8 tires on my 12 ton tag trailer a few years back, I filled every tire with the suggested amount of Amerseal. I now check the tire pressures on that trailer 2 or 3 times a year with a gage, otherwise just a bump test on pre-trip inspection. I don't think that I've ever plugged any of the 8 new tires. With the old tires, I was airing and repairing at least twice a month. The time savings made up for the cost of the product in the first few months alone. A 5 gallon pail usually runs a little under $200 from my local supplier. I've used 15+ gallons over the past few years so I'm pretty well sold on the product. I used to be able to purchase it at Rural King by the gallon but I've not seen it there in quite a while.
     
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  6. still learn'n

    still learn'n Senior Member

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    My father uses Ameriseal around the farm. Buys it by the 5 gal buckets. Quads get it most the time because running in corn stalks fields gets little holes all over
     
  7. tireman

    tireman Senior Member

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    Buy some Michelin X-mine D2 tires or if you want a cheaper route find some severe service industrial tires. You're urinating into a stiff breeze trying to find a sealer that'll work on stone drilled radial truck tires.