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Old 04-02-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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Default Beware SLIME tire sealant eats aluminum

I put SLIME tire sealant in my tires, I have aluminum rims. About 7 months later I had to replace a tire, when I removed the tire and washed the rim there where hard green blobs on my rim. I took a wire wheel on a drill to remove the green blobs and under the blobs the rim had been eaten up by the Slime tire sealant. The eaten up spots ranged from 0.005 inch to 0.05 inch deep and 0.1 to 0.2 inch in diameter. I had hundreds of these spots on my rims. I took the tires off my other 5 rims and the same thing had happen to them. I called OMF Wheels to see if they seen this problem, they told me that SLIME tire sealant eats aluminum and will holes in the rims. OMF Wheels told me the tire sealants that are safe for aluminum rims are Barrymans tire sealant and Amerseal tire sealant. OMF Wheels said if the aluminum rim is powder coated then SLIME tire sealant would be OK to use, but if you have brakes in the power coat the SLIME would eat the rim in those areas. My rims are mess up now I have many hundreds of eaten up spots on my rims , some are 0.05 inch deep.

The attachments are pictures of the hard green blobs on my rim.

The other attachments are pictures of the rim with the eaten up areas on it. I have a cheap camera so it does a poor job picking up fine details. When you look a the rims in person it looks real bad
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: Beware SLIME tire sealant eats aluminum

That sucks that happened to you.
Slime is good for what it does. But as you learned, you have to get it out as soon as you can.
They need to put a warning label on the bottles for that problem so you wont miss it.

From the pics, it shouldn't have any structural affect on your rims.
You can always weld up any real deep questionable spots. But from the looks of it. you will be OK.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:38 PM
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Man that stuff is nasty! The other day I had a customer that bought some new tires and had me mount them up for him. I bid him the reg price, but he neglected to tell me how much slime he had pumped in his old tires. I should have guessed it with all the side wall plugs. Wow what a mess. Needless to say I went in the hole on that job. I think there needs to be a HazMat fee for slime removal!
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:27 AM
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Default Re: Beware SLIME tire sealant eats aluminum

I was advised before I bought my beadlocks to not use Slime or other sealants because of the problems they cause, they should have warnings on the product.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:11 AM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bazz View Post
I was advised before I bought my beadlocks to not use Slime or other sealants because of the problems they cause, they should have warnings on the product.
You can use Berryman's or AmerSeal water based sealant. I used the AmerSeal and with over a year in my tires, no issues with rim damage. I've heard plenty about the Slime causing the damage shown, not to mention the clean up is a pain...
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