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    Whats your favorite tire sealant?

    Ive only tried Stans, anyone feel there is something better?

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    Make your own. Slime + glycol + mold builder + glitter

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    My favorite is a tube. No fuss, no muss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac999 View Post
    Make your own. Slime + glycol + mold builder + glitter


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72 View Post


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    +1 this for the AZ desert
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    Glitter really? I thought that part was a joke...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    Glitter really? I thought that part was a joke...
    nope that is your clotting agent, platelets so to speak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    nope that is your clotting agent, platelets so to speak.
    Ahh Ic, I thought thats what the slime and latex were for, haha. So whats the antifreeze do exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace5high View Post
    Ahh Ic, I thought thats whay the slime and laytex were for, haha. So whats the antifreeze do exactly?
    it is an assistant to the latex which is a drying agent really. The glycol in the anitfreeze will keep the latex liquid for longer. Also search out the thread Best homebrew tire sealant or something and there is a recipe for sealant that uses latex caulk from Home Depot for the the latex and costs something in the range of $10 for 1/2 gallon of sealant. Just made a batch myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    there is a recipe for sealant that uses latex caulk from Home Depot for the the latex and costs something in the range of $10 for 1/2 gallon of sealant. Just made a batch myself.
    I really like this idea since its cheap and easy to get around here. Ive searched all over for a latex caulk recipe and cannot find anything. Would you mind posting the brew?

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    I live in Minnesota and Stan's works great. It is easy to deal with and I have never had any problems.

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    I think I found the thread finally after reading 30+ pages of the Best Sealant home brew lol..

    Looks like some are trying windex and latex Calk with some success. I want to try something new however...

    Id like to try WSS 2.0 recipe but instead of Mold builder, throw in the latex calk. This would produce most likely the cheapest and easiest to find home brew...

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    Dumb question, but I was curious if anyone has ever tried this stuff as a tire sealant?

    Latex-ite 1-Gallon 2X Premium Blacktop Crack Filler
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    It's probably a reach, but I was curious as to what your thoughts might be on this stuff. Maybe mixed 50/50 with Slime? TIA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    My favorite is a tube. No fuss, no muss.

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    Tubes are for newbs.

    Tubless is WAY ez'er than tubs. Lets not even get into the performance benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSirius View Post
    Dumb question, but I was curious if anyone has ever tried this stuff as a tire sealant?

    Latex-ite 1-Gallon 2X Premium Blacktop Crack Filler
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    It's probably a reach, but I was curious as to what your thoughts might be on this stuff. Maybe mixed 50/50 with Slime? TIA!
    I wonder how much that would weigh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72 View Post


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    This might be a dumb question, but...........

    Why go to the trouble of adding all of those additional ingredients and not just use the slime as-is?

    Do they make it more viscous? Adhere better (glitter)? Just provide more volume(cheaper)? Better Cold Weather performance?

    I am getting low on sealant and between my bike and my wifes bike I hate dropping the coin on more stuff if I can just make a half gallon or gallon of it.
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    Slime Pro. Shake, Measure, Inflate.

    I am riding while your reading this and mixing crap.

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    To the original poster, I have used GEAX and HUTCHINSON aerosol cans (for mt bike tires), They both work well but dry out in 3-4 months in NORCAL summer-not that hot of weather. I would not recommend those two. The SLIME PRO works great. I understand WTB licensed Stans, so I would think their testing found Stans superior. My experience only covers UST wheelsets used with TUBELESS READY tires. SLIME PRO rocks that application.

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    Do these home brews still produce boogers? The SoCal desert where I live creates some monsters. My three year old son hit an over the fence home run using his wiffle ball bat and my last Stan's booger as a ball.

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    Best sealant is Victor Heavy Duty Sealant and cheap anti-freeze. Mix the two to a consistancy as the same as Stans. 6 months and open ur tire....still liquid. The antifreeze (make sure the cheap stuff not Dex). The evaporation point is much better than stans....

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    Breathing in aerosol antifreeze might be a health problem if your tire leaks or you let the compressed air out of it and are nearby?

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    @Luv2mtbike -
    This sounds like a simple recipe. I live in Tucson, been using Stan's, and that stuff just dries up to quick. So, do you know if the Victor's Sealsafe has the latex component to seal up the non-tubless tires? I was reading the forums here and I found that the tubless (UST,TNT, etc) tires do not need the latex portion of the sealant, since the tire is more air tight per se. However, if you mount a non UST tires, you will need a latex to seal the tire up. If that Vic's Sealsafe has some latex in it, I will give it a shot.

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    Slime Pro here. Change it once a year!
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    There is some new stuff from central Texas called Orange Seal. I've been using it and noticed it stays liquid longer and coats faster. It's supposed to be lighter too but don't know. I'm now using it instead of stans.

    Its use is growing fast among Texas racers.

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    I just started using Flat Attack sealant. They say Flat Attack is not suppose to ball up or dry out, but time will tell. I am running it with UST tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bquinn View Post
    Slime Pro here. Change it once a year!
    I'm curious about Slime Pro now. They claim better performance so I might try that here in the AZ. Summer's coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stugotz View Post
    I just started using Flat Attack sealant. They say Flat Attack is not suppose to ball up or dry out, but time will tell. I am running it with UST tires.
    well I used to use their tubes before going getto tubeless... it balled up! had a monster latex loogy in it.

    I really like the Caffe latex.. went through stan's, it works but I often had air loss and had to get off and turn the bike over, on it's side.. what ever to get the Stan's to the hole. Really don't want to deal with the large volume of the mixing your own for the one bike I have now. and the Caffe Latex foaming does work. Add the glitter like they are doing in the mixes and you get far superior sidewall protection, which is about 75% of all my puncture issues. Been running it for about 2 yrs now (as well as my wheel burrows, yard carts and lawn tracker) which are all flat free since.

    I've had 1 all out flat on the bike since going with Caffe latex and it was from a slice well over an inch long.. none of them will seal it.

    there are down sides...
    it's friggin expensive compared to mixing and even compared to stan's
    it's thin and wont seal as fast as Stan's , unless you add glitter which fixes that issue.


    the plus's
    It does foam and seal sidewalls instantly (again, with glitter)
    It does foam and seal crappy, porous, non-UST tires much better than all the rest
    It foams and skins, which seals tires that have issues with sealing at the bead. Some people gat all "oh but the skinning adds weight" ummm BS I scraped it all out last yr and it wouldn't even show on my scale which starts at 1/8th gram.. sooo

    is it for everyone? no.. I usually tell people to just get Stan's, but if you are having air seeping issue, bead issues, or trying to seat non standard tires/rims that you just can't get to seal with Stan's.. try it, it'll most likely work.
    If you ride in sharp rocky areas, or are getting thorns wrapped around your tires regularly.. and those others aren't protecting the sidewalls enough... try it..
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    You should use sealant with both setups. If you run UST and get a thorn in it there is nothing to seal the hole if you dont have sealant. I would invest in UST tires and you can run low tire pressue b/c of thicker sidewalls...Dont know why you would run tubeless in non-tube tires...

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    Slime-Pro is my new favorite!!! I took my NON UST tires off after almost a year and this stuff was still working and wet. Stans I had in the past would dry out after 3-4 months! To the people mixing home brew, more power to you but honestly, for under $20 and the lifespan of this stuff, it will last me 3 years! How many tires are you going through??? I love this stuff!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv2mtbike View Post
    You should use sealant with both setups. If you run UST and get a thorn in it there is nothing to seal the hole if you dont have sealant. I would invest in UST tires and you can run low tire pressue b/c of thicker sidewalls...Dont know why you would run tubeless in non-tube tires...
    because tubeless isn't always an option, particularly in the 650b and 29er sizes
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    Will Slime Pro seal non-UST beads?

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    Orange seal

    Another for orange seal out of Texas. Sealed my trail kings right up at first install, heading out on my third ride in just a few. Holding up well in the cold, vs paddle cactus, cholla, goatheads here in ABQ. When it activates, it has a consistency like spider silk- cool stuff.

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    I aint using tubelss in my bike yet but plan on soon.

    As for sealants i used anti freeze and alm radiator sealer to make a home brew.Its popular in the buggy world and i needed to to do so for my sand rails paddle tires.16 oz of anti freeze to 1 small container of alumnaseal.It only took 8 oz per tire to seal and these are about 31x13 inches

    I used slime for my other set of tires for a short fix and that stuff is corrosive to alm rims it was only in a couple of months tops and you could see some begining of pitting on the rims.

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    Still using Slime PRO, got first flat in 2 years (about 300 rides)

    Hole was from glass. Emptied air from tire immediately. Pump I carried for 2 yrs (new, never used) was broken. None of these sealants are any good without air!!!!!!! Make sure your pump works! I still think I may switch to STANS when Slime Pro is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie View Post
    Hole was from glass. Emptied air from tire immediately. Pump I carried for 2 yrs (new, never used) was broken. None of these sealants are any good without air!!!!!!! Make sure your pump works! I still think I may switch to STANS when Slime Pro is gone.
    Why? Stans dries in a few months! Slime-Pro is amazing stuff!

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    The slice was 2mm wide, seemed like it should have sealed. However, I hit so hard from a jump right then that the air came right out, so tough to blame Slime PRO. Only like 26psi in tire so it deflated fast. SOCAL MX, do you have a Slime story? I want to stay loyal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie View Post
    The slice was 2mm wide, seemed like it should have sealed. However, I hit so hard from a jump right then that the air came right out, so tough to blame Slime PRO. Only like 26psi in tire so it deflated fast. SOCAL MX, do you have a Slime story? I want to stay loyal.
    After a whole year & its still wet! In my dry area Stans dries after 4 months leaving dried up crud! I live in thorn ville & have had 20+ thorns in each tire at one time! Simply pull, spin & hear them seal up! Have also had a few 1/8" puncture wounds seal up!

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    I've had the same experience and have switched to Slime Pro also. With Stans, after several months it stops sealing larger leaks. I tried the combination of Slime Pro and Stans as suggested elsewhere and that improved things, but since I switched to Slime Pro alone I've had no problems at all.

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    I'd rather be riding than dicking with mixing stuff together. I've been using Orange Seal for quite a while now and don't think I'll ever use anything else....
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    I am riding while your reading this and mixing crap.

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    Orange Seal has been awesome!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    Orange Seal has been awesome!!!
    for those using the Orange.. how long does it last? does it dry up like Stan's? I've been using Caffe Latex for yrs and found it better in many ways than Stan's. WAY better sealing Getto/gorilla tape non tubeless tires and such.. better on side wall punctures by far than Stan's but still drys up over time though not as fast as Stan's (actually I think I just use it up as I always have a dozen or so thorns when I check it for low) Caffe Latex doesn't get the amebas like stans. But it is a little slower sealing with larger punctures, usually have to let the tire run out of air, let the Caffe latex in the hole to dry up and then air up otherwise the sealant just shoots out.. still works instantly on the smaller stuff.

    really like the look of the Orange stuff though and think it's cheaper..? also does it clean up easy to switch out tires or is it a latex mess to peel ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    for those using the Orange.. how long does it last? does it dry up like Stan's? I've been using Caffe Latex for yrs and found it better in many ways than Stan's. WAY better sealing Getto/gorilla tape non tubeless tires and such.. better on side wall punctures by far than Stan's but still drys up over time though not as fast as Stan's (actually I think I just use it up as I always have a dozen or so thorns when I check it for low) Caffe Latex doesn't get the amebas like stans. But it is a little slower sealing with larger punctures, usually have to let the tire run out of air, let the Caffe latex in the hole to dry up and then air up otherwise the sealant just shoots out.. still works instantly on the smaller stuff.

    really like the look of the Orange stuff though and think it's cheaper..? also does it clean up easy to switch out tires or is it a latex mess to peel ?
    I'm still kinda new to tubeless but I started off with Stan's and first run started in June and was gone in October. I could tell it was gone as tires were losing air relatively quick. Eventually I got a flat that wouldn't seal, and yes the Stan's was gone lol.

    As of now I'm still running on the replacement Orange Seal...but it has been winter. I'd say it definitely lasts longer than Stans though. I bought a new tire recently so I'll have a look inside soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    for those using the Orange.. how long does it last? does it dry up like Stan's? I've been using Caffe Latex for yrs and found it better in many ways than Stan's. WAY better sealing Getto/gorilla tape non tubeless tires and such.. better on side wall punctures by far than Stan's but still drys up over time though not as fast as Stan's (actually I think I just use it up as I always have a dozen or so thorns when I check it for low) Caffe Latex doesn't get the amebas like stans. But it is a little slower sealing with larger punctures, usually have to let the tire run out of air, let the Caffe latex in the hole to dry up and then air up otherwise the sealant just shoots out.. still works instantly on the smaller stuff.

    really like the look of the Orange stuff though and think it's cheaper..? also does it clean up easy to switch out tires or is it a latex mess to peel ?
    Switched to Orange Seal a few months ago... WAYYY better than stans. I have never used Caffe Latex, so nothing to compare it to. Orange did not create the rubber bouncy ball in my tire like Stans did. It does form a latex seal on the inside of the tire (I think this is part of why it seals up so quick). I recently replaced a tire because it was worn out, and I suppose you could have peeled the latex out, but why (to loose a few grams?). I think before weight of the latex became an issue (from adding more sealant about every 2 months (and I live in AZ), the tire would be worn out (I go through a set about every 7-8 months...

    For me Orange Seal = perfect over the counter sealant.
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    I've been happily using Stan's with no issues on my mountain and cross bike. I know I've run my tires dry from time to time but am usually pretty good about maintenance and checking them out every few months to make sure I have fluid and no booder. The personal accounts with Orange in this thread are compelling though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbdennis View Post
    .... It does form a latex seal on the inside of the tire (I think this is part of why it seals up so quick). I recently replaced a tire because it was worn out, and I suppose you could have peeled the latex out, but why (to loose a few grams?). I think before weight of the latex became an issue (from adding more sealant about every 2 months (and I live in AZ)....
    not weight, but build up around the bead and such. I (should, didn't this year) change tires here in New England in the winter. The Caffe Latex coats the whole inside as it actually does foam up when you spin the tire. But with the non tubeless tires it fills the bead and seals really well, issue is the latex tears and becomes and issue when it time to change as it sticks REALLY well and is a pain to clean off the tire bead... comes off the rim fairly easy.. Just wondering it the orange seal would peel better/easier as it seems to be thicker. the Caffe Latex is very thin coat and just tears when you start peeling.
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    Stan's is fine for me, never felt the need for more. It could be cheaper but compared to all other bike costs, who cares about another $15?

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    I've never used Caffe latex only because I've only heard bad things about it, so I don't have a comparison.
    As far as orange seal drying time I don't think it last any longer, or dries out any faster than Stan's.
    But, something I have been doing for the last year or so is after 4 week of putting in the recommended amount I pull the valve core and squirt one ounce in each tire. What I noticed is that some of the first 4 ounces coat the inside of the tire and seals the bead/hook, so that uses up some of the sealant. Then the one ounce added later last for a very, very long time.... Like a whole season. I can't say I used to do this with Stan's. It might do the same thing, but I doubt it, because Stan's didn't ever coat the inside of the tires the way Orange Seal does.
    Anyway, that's what I have been doing and have been stoked about the results.

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