by Jack Hathcoat
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Tire lubricant, which is used to mount and dismount tires, is critical to successfully completing the job without damaging the tires. Professional tire stores will not do without a good supply on every tire machine. But you don’t need to buy commercially made lube when a homemade version will work just as well. This simple recipe will ensure that no rips or tears occur in the rubber sealing surface of the tire.
Fill a gallon container half full with water. Add a bottle of inexpensive body wash to the container. Select a bottle that contains at least 18 fluid ounces. Look for one that contains mineral oil or soybean oil; They contain emulsifiers to prevent the oil from separating in the water.
Mix the body wash until it is completely mixed with the water. If the mixture is foaming or bubbling, the additive was a poor choice. Do not use shampoo or soaps that foam excessively. Hair conditioners that are high in oil or lanolin can be used, but they are more expensive. However, the foam will eventually set and the mixture can be used.
Lubricate the tire and mount it. There is added value in a proper mix – it can also be used to wash off the protective layer covering the white wall stripe on a new tire. After completing mounting and washing the liner, wipe the tire strip with a damp cloth.
- It is important to clean the area after mounting the tire.
- Use only mineral or vegetable oil based mixtures. Never use petroleum-based products; Serious damage can occur.
Articles will need
- 1 gallon container
- Mixing stick