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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Repair

I've got a nail in my relatively new rear tire and am currently trying to repair. I removed the tire and patched on the inside however I still had an air leak through the hole when I remounted it. Fortunately I have access to a pneumatic tire machine so it's not a huge job like it would be otherwise. Currently waiting for the glue to set this time completely, with a new patch. The problem is the inside of the tire has ribs and a plasticy finish so the patches do not adhere well. I'm hoping it was only my haste in not letting the glue set. Any suggestions if this turns out not to work?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 07:44 PM
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Did you sand down the inside of the tire to roughen up the glue area? That could be your main issue.

On the other hand, you should really buy a new tire. It sucks, but you only have two contact patches and one is still leaking...
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I use patch plugs and yes, you need to smooth out the carcass inside....I use a tire buffing tool but sand paper will work too... also, put the glue on, then light it on fire to burn it off and heat the tire, then apply more glue , let it flash for a few seconds ,apply the patch...then stitch it down real good.... I've repaired countles tires this way and never had a leak or failure.

This is what i use...not these exact ones, but you get the idea




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hot knife it (bed a butter knife heat it up with torch apply to are with hole then slap on the glue and patch )

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You name it I have tried it- they have all failed sooner or later- except good old cheap sticky string never failed and I have done thousands of miles on a plugged tire-it's the only thing I carry for many years now
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