Sealants used in puncture proofing on commercial tyres

What Type of Sealant is Used to Puncture Proof Commercial Tyres?

In Queensland and northern New South Wales, many of our customers prefer using aftermarket sealants to puncture proof commercial tyres for their commercial fleet vehicles. 

Across Australia, commercial fleet vehicles travel over a variety of terrain types, from city streets to rural highways. This can put a lot of wear and tear on their tyres, and punctures are a common occurrence. To prevent costly downtime, many commercial fleets rely on puncture proofing sealants. 

But what are these sealants and how do they work? 

Types of Sealants For Puncture Proofing Commercial Tyres In Queensland And Northern South Wales Australia

There are two main types of puncture proofing sealants used in commercial tyres: latex-based sealants and polymer-based sealants. 

Latex-based sealants are the most common type; they are cheap and easy to apply. The are synthesised to fill small holes and cracks in the tyre, and provide an effective barrier against punctures. they are also very effective in preventing air from escaping through and making the tyre go flat. 

Polymer-based sealants are less common because they are more expensive. But polymer-based sealants are more durable and longer-lasting that latex-based sealants. Additionally, they offer better protection against punctures and are more resistant to extreme temperatures.

Benefits of Using Sealants

Sealants have many benefits for commercial fleet vehicles, including reducing the risk of flats, extending the life of tyres, and improving fuel economy. 

They can also help keep tyres inflated during extreme temperatures. In addition, using sealants can help avoid costly repairs and downtime for vehicles. 

Applying Puncture Proofing Sealants To Your Commercial Tyres

Puncture proofing sealants are applied to the inside of the tyre, where they form a barrier against foreign objects such as nails, glass, or metal shards. 

When a sharp object penetrates the tyre, the sealant is forced into the hole by the pressure of the air inside the tyre. This quickly forms a plug that seals the hole and prevents air from escaping.

Puncture proofing sealants can be reapplied as needed; however, they will eventually need to be replaced. This is because they will slowly degrade over time, especially if exposed to extreme temperatures. 

For this reason, it's important to have the condition of your tyres checked regularly by professionals like Darra Tyres and top up the sealant as necessary.

Keeping Your Fleet Safe And Your Tyres In Top Shape

Puncture proofing sealants are an essential part of keeping commercial fleet vehicles on the road in Australia. If you are responsible for maintaining a fleet of commercial vehicles in Queensland or northern New South Wales, make sure to puncture proof your tyres. It will help keep your tyres in top condition, reduce the risk of flats, extend the life of tyres, and improve fuel economy. 

If you're located in anywhere across Australia and need puncture proofing for your commercial tyres, visit Darra Tyres. If you have any tyre questions, contact Darra Tyres today. 

Keeping your family and fleet safe on the road,

About the Author

Kevin has been at the forefront of the tyre industry for over 20 years. Kevin's speciality is in industrial and commercial tyres including the management and upkeep of fleets. Kevin has worked with vehicles his whole career from painting, mechanical, suspension and panel beating he has also spent time in the Australia Army as a driver. He has driven all size of vehicles throughout his career so understands the demands placed on drivers.