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Re: Wheel prep for tubeless tires?
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Chris R
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kevinpackard wrote:
I ended up wire wheeling my rims, then cleaned and primed with epoxy. I sprayed the inside face and areas the tires sit with black epoxy spray paint. Haven't had any leaks so far with my new Diamondbacks, so I'm assuming the epoxy primer did the trick.

-Kevin


Thanks Kevin, I think this is the route I'm going to go.

-Chris


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Fish'n Jim wrote:
I think '53 is far enough along to be totally welded. This was mostly a case of riveted wheels, which would've been the case in '48.
Doesn't hurt to protect steel from corrosion in any case.
All else fails put a tube in.


That's interesting. I didn't even know they used to rivet wheels. Yeah, I may paint the inside just for good measure.

Thank you,

-Chris


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Wat_Tyler wrote:
My inclination would be: silicone caulk. I've used and misused it to seal all manner of leaky bits off and on for the last 40 years. Contrary to rumor, it doesn't bond the parts, but it will make them a bit more difficult to take apart should that become necessary, like on those threads that just won't seal.

If it's water-tight, it's air-tight, too.


I thought about that but I didn't know if it would be too heavy or not.

-Chris


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Phil Randolph wrote:
" Phil Swift here" Spray on Flex Seal


Haha! Funny enough, I actually have two small cans of this stuff that I received at an aviation event. I still haven't used 'em on anything. I suppose it would work well for this.

-Chris

Posted on: 6/23 11:45
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Re: Wheel prep for tubeless tires?
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BigKev
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Late on this, but my 54 wheels were so crusty they wouldn't seal and leaked air. I had them media blasted clean to remove any trace of rust, then primed with epoxy and painted inside and out.

The '54 rims are different as they were made for tubeless tires.

Posted on: 6/28 9:12
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Re: Wheel prep for tubeless tires?
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Marty or Marston
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My preference for sealing two metals where you want a great seal with some flexibility is to use a polyurethane caulking compound (Home Depot). Of course, the key to success with any of the products mentioned above is a good, clean surface. There is also automotive seam sealer found in paint stores that specialize in auto paints. It has great adhesion propertied with some flexibility.

Posted on: 6/29 17:56
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Re: Wheel prep for tubeless tires?
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Chris R
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BigKev wrote:
Late on this, but my 54 wheels were so crusty they wouldn't seal and leaked air. I had them media blasted clean to remove any trace of rust, then primed with epoxy and painted inside and out.

The '54 rims are different as they were made for tubeless tires.


Did they leak where the tire mated to the rim or between the two halves?

Thanks Kev!

-Chris


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Marty or Marston wrote:
My preference for sealing two metals where you want a great seal with some flexibility is to use a polyurethane caulking compound (Home Depot). Of course, the key to success with any of the products mentioned above is a good, clean surface. There is also automotive seam sealer found in paint stores that specialize in auto paints. It has great adhesion propertied with some flexibility.


I had thought about automotive seem sealer but I've heard it can be expensive and I imagine I wouldn't need a lot.

The caulk sounds like a plan too, but I'm not sure if it's needed. I'm sure once the tires are off, I'll have a better idea of how to tackle this.

Thank you!

-Chris

Posted on: 7/6 14:44
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