3 Responses to “How to Patch a Tube (with Glue)”

  1. Jesse

    Dec 10th, 2010

    actually when i fixed my bike tube using rubber sement i put a patch on it and used a weight on it and the tube came out perfectly but i like the idea for cleaning bike rims

  2. Thomas

    Dec 25th, 2010

    When I worked in a tire shop we repaired tubes by using “hot patches” in which after putting on the glue we put a match to the glue. Waited a few seconds blew out the flame and repeated the procedure until the glue was dried. Then we put on the patch. Is this method any better than waiting until the glue dries on its own?

  3. Stan Chrischall

    Dec 5th, 2013

    Your “hot patch” method just evaporates the volatile hydrocarbons in the solvent faster than letting it dry normally. It doesn’t heat up the glue long enough to actually vulcanize the patch itself. I bet it is cool to the touch before you can apply the patch. It may actually do some harm to the bond but I don’t know. A real hot patch (for you guys over 60 years old and remember this stuff) requires a specific tool (it’s like an iron with a clamp) that heats the patch and tube and actually welds the patch to the tube. The efficacy of solvent based glue has made this tedious method obsolete.

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