Tyre puncture sealant
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|Subject: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:33 am|| |
Hi a question on tyre sealant , in the 70's - 80's I bought some sealant Rufforth Bike Jumble a guy was demonstrating it by sticking an icepick in a used bike tyre and it seemed to work well , buying it for my trip to the Alguarve Portugal . It was pink and the usual way of putting it in the wheel I had a puncture whilst there located the screw in the rear wheel removed it and out came some of the sealant not a lot [small screw] I rode back to the NE and had the bike [600 transalp] for about another 2 years no leakage, told the buyer about it not a problem. I have checked out the sealants on the market
i.e Goop, Slime , Drive safe , which are all green don't suppose the colour makes a difference, any info be very helpful need a need front tyre soon it is a winter priority besides some other jobs.
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|Subject: Re: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:03 am|| |
Dunno if "Ride On" tire sealant if available in the UK, but it is pink and works very well.
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|Subject: Re: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:06 am|| |
I've got PunctureSafe in my tyres, worked fine when I got a nail in the back one.
IIRC it used to be called Ultra Safe?? or something similar. Quite a few on here use it, and on the UK site www.maxi-muppets.co.uk. It will also apparently help with wheel balance.
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|Subject: Re: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:17 am|| |
The stuff works but be a nice guy and tell your tire changer it has the sealant so they can be prepared for the mess.
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|Subject: Re: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:21 am|| |
Yes, it was Ultraseal but there was a dispute over the name some years ago.
I use it (PunctureSafe) and have found it most satisfactory.
It's water-soluble so doesn't cause serious problems for tyre-changers.
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|Subject: Re: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:00 am|| |
- oldwingguy wrote:
- The stuff works but be a nice guy and tell your tire changer it has the sealant so they can be prepared for the mess.
I told the mechanic/tyre fitter that I had sealant in the Bridgestone tyres he was changing to Continentals for me, and his answer was "messy".
It's pretty easy to install Ultra Seal/PunctureSafe yourself, having used the plastic squeezy bottle in the past, I now put the required dose for each tyre in a syringe type oil suction pump and inject it straight into the tyre through the valve stem. That'll be even easier now I have angled tyre valves front and rear.
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|Subject: Re: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:50 pm|| |
I had PunctureSafe in my bike tyres and collected a rear puncture. To be fair, it was a fairly jagged hole - not a nice clean nail-type puncture. The AA rescue service came and inserted a rubber plug from a gun type thing - can't remember the trade name. It got me home but was flat next day.
I pushed the plug back into the tyre (too easily for my liking). I ended up managing to seal it with the sticky string type repair kit and it was fine for a few days until my new tyre arrived.
The experience led me to test PunctureSafe on the old tyre. I found hammering nails into the tyre had no loss of air. Pulling out the nails gave a few blobs of sealant but the tyre remained sealed overnight and probably would've been ok permanently.
Next day, I tried a self-tapping screw (impossible to hammer in - had to screw it in). Instead of unscrewing the self-tapper, I decided to rip it out with pliers. Unscrewing it probably would have allowed the sealant to work. I don't know because I didn't try. Ripping it out brought some rubber debris with it and the PunctureSafe was unable to seal it.
Later, I cleaned up the hole where the self-tapper had been and did a successful seal using the sticky string repair kit.
As a result, from now on I'll always travel with sticky string repair kit and a 12volt tyre inflator.
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|Subject: Re: Tyre puncture sealant Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:06 pm|| |
Interesting post Flyingpanman. I have tried Puncturesafe and found it worked well. I too tried it out when I was fitting a new front tyre. Before taking off the old tyre I stabbed it many times with a screwdriver and the Puncturesafe sealed all the holes. I didn't try creating a jagged hole with a self tapper though.
I have also used the sticky string (aka 'Wiggly Worms'). They have worked well for me including a particularly bad jagged hole in a tyre on my car.
I always try to carry some with me as they are cheap and easy to use.
Tyre puncture sealant