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    Best tube patch cement for the money

    Hi. I have lived in a very populous lower income city for almost 20 years, and find myself fixing a lot of the kids bikes, both of which is fine, but i go thru a lot of patches. I buy 48 patches thru Ebay for about 1.60 including S+H, and they overall work well, but want to know what the best cement for the money is.

    I have done research, and see (all prices include S+H),

    1. Monkey Grip 32 fl oz Rubber / Tire Universal Cement for US $20.00

    2. Slime 1050 Slime 1050 Rubber Cement - 8 oz. for 12.00

    3. Camel Tire 12086 Universal Cement 8 oz. for 16.65

    4. Rema Tip Top SPECIAL CEMENT BL No. BL-8 8 oz for 21.00

    (I also see "SUNLITE" Patch Cement 1.00 per 1.oz tube, but you have to buy $15.00 worth.)

    The 32.oz is more than foresee needing (though i have put over 15 patches on more than one 20" tube, with roofing rubber inside the tire, as that is cheaper than a new tube), but that is almost the same price as 8.oz of other brands.

    But which one of these would allow me to effectively use old tubes as patches? And how good is slime cement (this is not the sealant)? Rema also has a Universal Cement that is a dollar cheaper than the blue, but the latter is supposed to provide the best weld it seems.

    I pray there are some experts on this as summer is coming!
    Thanks. Grace and peace thru Jesus the Lord

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    No idea myself. I buy patch kits for a couple of dollars each whenever needed. It is important to know that the "glue" that comes with patch kits is not really glue or rubber cement. You need to use the proper stuff meant for patching tubes.

    My favorite is the Rema Tip-top kit. By coincidence, this thread was sitting right next to your own topic in the forum, perhaps some suggestions can be found there:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/819953-found-a-good-source-for-patch-glue-rubber-cement


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    No idea myself. I buy patch kits for a couple of dollars each whenever needed. It is important to know that the "glue" that comes with patch kits is not really glue or rubber cement. You need to use the proper stuff meant for patching tubes.

    My favorite is the Rema Tip-top kit. By coincidence, this thread was sitting right next to your own topic in the forum, perhaps some suggestions can be found there:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/819953-found-a-good-source-for-patch-glue-rubber-cement


    Yes, we have sometimes got them, but the amount of patches and adhesive is very small, and i think the price went up around here. Thus i buy the 48 patches on ebay for about a nickel a piece, and i can buy them with the adhesive for 3.00, but again the amount of the latter is minimal, and while you nee not use much, i want to just buy the cheap patches, or vulcanizing fluid that would allow even old inner tube pieces.

    It seems like the Rema Special Cement BL or Special Blue would be best.
    Thanks. Grace and peace thru Jesus the Lord

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    I bought a large batch of Rema patches from Niagara Cycle, and I buy Elmer's rubber cement at Walgreens. I don't feel that I need the name brand glue, but I do prefer Rema patches over all others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    I bought a large batch of Rema patches from Niagara Cycle, and I buy Elmer's rubber cement at Walgreens. I don't feel that I need the name brand glue, but I do prefer Rema patches over all others.
    So my focus should also be on glue. The patch kits of Monkey grip for 0.69 plus 4.99 S+H sounds good, but i wonder how Slime stacks up (8 oz. for 12.00) compared with the other cements, as with the 48 patches for 1.56 then that might be a good combo.
    Thanks. Grace and peace thru Jesus the Lord

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    I did an experiment a while ago. I took a tube and applied two patches, one with official tire patching cement and the other with staitionary store rubber cement. They both held air fine. Then I removed the tube and tried pulling off the patches. The stationary store rubber cement patch pulled off the tube cleanly. The one with the tire patching cement took the underlying tube with it. So, while both may work, the weren't equivalent in that test. I hypothesized that the stationary store cement has some type of thickeners/fillers (to make it work for paper) that the patching cement doesn't and that these comprise the bond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    I did an experiment a while ago. I took a tube and applied two patches, one with official tire patching cement and the other with staitionary store rubber cement. They both held air fine. Then I removed the tube and tried pulling off the patches. The stationary store rubber cement patch pulled off the tube cleanly. The one with the tire patching cement took the underlying tube with it. So, while both may work, the weren't equivalent in that test. I hypothesized that the stationary store cement has some type of thickeners/fillers (to make it work for paper) that the patching cement doesn't and that these comprise the bond.
    Actually, as i understand it, the patch and cement are chemically formulated to effect vulcanization. Thus you wait for the cement to dry and remove the foil from the patch when ready to apply it.
    Thanks. Grace and peace thru Jesus the Lord

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