A tire life extender/conditioner & permanent puncture prevention treatment
PunctureSafe is a special blend of polymers that coats and clings to the inner tire. PunctureSafe is a “permanent” puncture prevention treatment and tire life extender/conditioner. Previously available products (and most current ones) have simply “fallen apart” at speeds of 40 mph and over because they were manufactured for the construction industry slow vehicles, but eventually made their way into the high-speed markets creating problems. PunctureSafe is not a get-you-home product. It is applied before the puncture occurs, and permanently seals punctures as they happen. Once installed, PunctureSafe not only seals punctures, it conditions the inner casing, preventing porosity leaks caused by tiny holes and cracks. In other words, after installing Puncturesafe the tires maintain correct air pressure, and the need to regularly top up with air is virtually eliminated, and with correctly inflated tires you get better fuel economy, your tires also run cooler eliminating that problem of heat build-up. Tires treated with PunctureSafe last considerably longer, and cooler tires are also less susceptible to punctures. PunctureSafe is water-based for easy clean out if ever you need to do this and is installed in minutes through the tire valve with very little air loss and without removing any wheels.
What makes PunctureSafe different from tire sealants that do not work?
Technology! Sealants have caused many problems that we at PunctureSafe have addressed. Using a highly evolved mixture of polymers, we have devised a product that is more than capable of working in harmony with today’s modern style of vehicles. We use advanced chemistry in our process that bonds the molecules of the sealant together at speeds up to 150mph. Previously available products, and most current ones, have simply “fallen apart” at around 55-65mph.
Performance and abilities and does not diminish with speed distance or time
PunctureSafe does not have any of the failings that previous and many present products have. Apart from drying and balling up in the tire, the biggest failings of traditional tire sealants in a high-speed tire, were the inability to seal small holes, but the ability to seal a large dangerous hole or cut, because they contained large chunks of chopped-up rubber. Whereas PunctureSafe contains only tiny strands of coarse surface synthetic fibers that are stronger than steel when they interlock tightly together, but will only positively seal small holes caused by puncturing objects up to 6mm in diameter, but only in a hole that is in the tread area of the tire, and that is shrinking in size because there is no cord damage (rubber recovery), which is 95% of today’s punctures in high-speed vehicles. Anything bigger, or in the sidewall, with or without cord damage, and the PunctureSafe fibers just slowly bleed through the hole, giving a controlled deflation, and usually with a halt or abrupt slow down in air pressure loss at the lower pressures of 10 to 15 psi (depending on cord damage) which prevents damaged rims, and helps the driver maintain control possibly enabling the continuation of the journey to remove the vehicle from a possibly dangerous location.
Through our extensive research and development, our proprietary formulation has evolved far beyond that which is commonly known as a tire sealant – PunctureSafe is a tire safety system outstanding at permanently sealing punctures and a true tire life extender. PunctureSafe converts any pneumatic tire into a self-sealing tire that will maintain air pressure. Puncturesafe has the ability to coat more of the inner surface of a tire and rim without succumbing to shear and stress associated with a centrifugal force that is created within a high-speed rotating tire. PunctureSafe’s attributes are unparalleled in the history of pneumatic tires.
The PunctureSafe Research & Development Team developed an unrivaled proprietary process that has yet to be duplicated.
How it works
Once PunctureSafe has been installed, it lies dormant at the bottom of the tire until the vehicle is first driven. Once driven a minimum of three to five miles, PunctureSafe disperses throughout the inner tire and forms a coating on the inner surface of the tire assembly. In order to get sidewall coverage it takes 1500+ miles to activate the FlexxaGel to adhere to more of the inner tire. The flexing of the tire and the normal heat build-up allows PunctureSafe to seek out and eliminate common air loss problems (referred to as porosity, air migration, and bead leaks). Puncturesafe then transforms the tire assembly into a sealed air chamber, capable of maintaining proper air pressure. Thereafter, PunctureSafe conditions the rubber in order to retard dry rot and aging (hardening) of the casing. One treatment will provide additional longevity and cooler running tires for the legal tread life of the tire.
The advanced technological sealing capabilities of PunctureSafe stand on guard to seal punctures as they happen. When a tire is punctured, PunctureSafe coats the surface of the penetrating object, thus preventing air loss.
When the puncturing object is removed, the rubber recovers and the wound immediately closes, escaping air-siphoning PunctureSafe into the puncture. The fibers entwine to create a clot that prevents any additional air from escaping. As the rubber recovers, the puncture closes and the strength of the tire holds the seal in place. The specialized polymers and fibers form the seal, thereby producing an airtight seal. The small amount of PunctureSafe that penetrates through the puncture, past the belts, and out through the tread area is referred to as a seal. Once exposed to the atmosphere, the seal begins a systematic cure (another proprietary attribute from the PunctureSafe R&D Team). As the seal cures, it makes a positive secure seal that is impervious to water, which totally protects the belts and inner casing from outside contaminants and corrosion.
PunctureSafe’s proprietary formulation is one of our closely guarded secrets, which allows PunctureSafe to withstand heat and the shear forces created within a rotating tire. The thixotropic polymers stretch and recover under mild to severe exposure to adverse forces and continuously cling to the inner tire. The ability to coat the inner surface against adverse conditions and centrifugal force is the reason that PunctureSafe will not adversely affect a balanced tire assembly and does not lose the ability to provide protection for the tread life of the tire.
PunctureSafe’s abilities & performance are not diminished by speed, distance, or time.
If the tire’s integrity is weakened to a point where the tire and casing are unsafe, PunctureSafe is designed to bleed and slowly release air pressure in a controlled way if the puncturing object has severely damaged the inner structure.
PunctureSafe will not hide or mask a dangerous puncture regardless of how small the damage may be. If the integrity of the casing has been breached and safety becomes an issue, PunctureSafe is designed to allow air to escape in a controlled manner.
Coating and conditioning
PunctureSafe coats and clings to the inner tire conditioning the inner surface, and eliminating air migration caused by porosity and bead leaks.
It is imperative that the proper amount of PunctureSafe be installed in a tire (refer to the application chart/calculator). In order for PunctureSafe to function, the vehicle should be driven approximately 3 to 5 miles (it is not required to immediately drive the vehicle). This initial driving allows the tire to warm up and for PunctureSafe to distribute. Puncturesafe will cover the crown area in the first few miles, but it will take another 1500+ miles for the FlexxaGel to activate giving more coverage of the sidewall. Unlike conventional tire sealants, PunctureSafe has been developed to prevent migration from the sidewalls and the tread area at high speeds. Once the initial driving/usage period has been attained; Puncturesafe covers more of the inner surface of the tire.
PunctureSafe is a proprietary liquid coating that never deteriorates within the tire and will continuously stand on guard to protect tires against air loss for the legal tread life of the tire.
Will not cure or harden inside the tire
People often ask, “If PunctureSafe cures from exposure to outside air, then why doesn’t it cure by the air inside of the tire?” PunctureSafe transforms the tire and rim into a sealed air chamber. As the vehicle is driven and the temperature of the tire increases, a portion of the liquid base vaporizes within the tire assembly’s inner air cavity, as the tire cools, the moisture condensates back into the formula. The inside air actually becomes part of the system. The sealed air chamber prevents outside air from entering or inside air from escaping. Constant air pressure maintenance is not required.
Positive secure seal
When a tire is punctured, PunctureSafe is forced against and around the puncturing object by the inner air pressure, thereby preventing air from escaping. If the puncturing object is thrown out of the tire by centrifugal force or is pulled out, the inside air forces PunctureSafe into the puncture and immediately stops air loss. Special fibers entwine, forming a seal, then as the rubber recovers, aided by the tire flexing as it rotates, the inner air pressure forces the seal well into and through the puncture. Once PunctureSafe is exposed to the outside air, a curing process begins. The cured seal extends well into the puncture, thus providing a seal that is impervious to water (rain, snow, mud, etc.). As this seal cures, it is transposed into a permanent rubberized seal, protecting the inner casing and steel belts against contaminants entering the puncture.
The 80/20 syndrome
The seal is permanent because of two very important attributes of PunctureSafe:
A). There is no shrinkage of the drying polymer in the puncture because the gel is 80% polymer and only 20% liquid, because we do not use cheap ingredients that bind huge amounts of water. It is common for similar products to be the other way around with 20% polymer and 80% liquid.
B). The gel dries and cures to a firm, flexible, and rubber consistency which means the seal will flex with the puncture causing no air loss over time.
It is a fact that any viscous wet compound containing fillers, such as fibers and rubber particles, will initially seal a puncture whilst in the wet state because wet compounds will flex with the tire in the puncture, but the problems arise in many of these “so-called” similar products when the liquid escapes out of the puncture into the atmosphere causing the compound in the puncture to dry back to the original ingredients. When dried out these “so-called” similar products will vary in looks and texture because of the vast difference in ingredients used in these tire sealants such as Biscuit, Plasticine, Putty, Paper, Crystalline, Flour, Sticky Pristick, Bluetack, cement, clay, etc. The descriptions and looks of many of these dried-out products are never-ending, but it is a fact that in the wet state, these gloopy tire sealants all look very similar, except in color, but that is where the similarity ends. Many of these compounds that have usually been formulated by people without any knowledge of chemistry whatsoever, once dried out in the puncture will eventually fail, resulting in a flat tire, sometimes within days or just weeks after the initial puncture.
The eight images directly below are of PunctureSafe and six “so-called” similar products that have been allowed to dry out in a laboratory oven at 50 degrees C for 24 hours. When fully dry, PunctureSafe has very little shrinkage and is flexible and firm which are the attributes required of a dried-out tire sealant in the puncture to permanently seal the puncture, especially in the low-speed market where punctures can be caused by puncturing objects up to 30 mm in diameter. It is our trademarked secret ingredient “FlexxaGel™” that gives PunctureSafe so many of its quality attributes.