Why do you put up with Aluminum wheels that leak?

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  • Why do you put up with Aluminum wheels that leak?

    I have to chuckle when I read Tire threads about guys and their TPMS, because there tires leak air.

    I learned years ago to seal the inside of the wheel.

    Years ago I used Future floor wax. (It seals the Aluminum pores)
    Cleaned the inside of the wheel with Brake clean & Wire brush.
    Wiped on the future.
    Let it dry in the sunshine.
    Mount the new sneaker.

    New lost any psi..

    No need to powder coat a wheel. (You'd have to pull the bearings before out gassing anyways)

    Clear spray paint will work.
    if you can't get the floor wax from the wife without getting caught?


    Nowadays there are so many sealers available,

    I just can't understand why you guys put up with porous aluminum cast wheels

    My Chrome wheels don't leak a bit.

    Why?

    The plating seals the aluminum. (See how simple that is??)

    My spare set of Aluminum wheels are clear coated where the tire hangs out.



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    Just have to go to Wing Ding and pay come guy $20+ to fill the tires with Nitrogen. He'll tell you its better and wont leak out because Nitrogen has larger molecules than Oxygen and won't seep out small pours in the rubber. It's dryer and used in the Space shuttle.... Bla Bla Bla….sales...
    Well, I use about 78% Nitrogen every time I fill up my tires at home. The only down side is I don't get a pair of $20 Green valve stems!!!!

    As far as rim leak, Rocky, your right. I think there are more tires installed improperly these days than there are ones installed correctly. Many don't even check to see if the rim bead is clean!

    Corventure Dave

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    • Rocky
      Rocky commented
      Editing a comment
      Dave. you have no idea how many guys (probably 99%) never wire brush the bead area (or ask to have it done) when they change tires.

  • #3
    Originally posted by Rocky View Post
    I have to chuckle when I read Tire threads about guys and their TPMS, because there tires leak air.

    I learned years ago to seal the inside of the wheel.

    Years ago I used Future floor wax. (It seals the Aluminum pores)
    Cleaned the inside of the wheel with Brake clean & Wire brush.
    Wiped on the future.
    Let it dry in the sunshine.
    Mount the new sneaker.

    New lost any psi..

    No need to powder coat a wheel. (You'd have to pull the bearings before out gassing anyways)

    Clear spray paint will work.
    if you can't get the floor wax from the wife without getting caught?


    Nowadays there are so many sealers available,

    I just can't understand why you guys put up with porous aluminum cast wheels

    My Chrome wheels don't leak a bit.

    Why?

    The plating seals the aluminum. (See how simple that is??)

    My spare set of Aluminum wheels are clear coated where the tire hangs out.


    Sorry - first heard of most all of this. And I read a lot of these threads.
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