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Storing the spare tires that come with new engines seems to be a losing battle against time.  If not already in a sealed plastic bag, i.e. stapled plastic bag, I put them in small zip lock baggies.  Never seems to fail when I need to retrieve one, the pack seems as dry rotted as the original mounted tires.  I keep them out of sunlight or UV sources (cardboard box with lid) and in a human friendly environment as far as temperature and humidity.  Judging by the purchase date of the engines, the majority seem to dry rot anytime after six years of storage.  Some don't show signs of rot (i.e. the shiny vinyl looking ones) and seem to endure while others, particularly the dull looking ones, rot before they are needed.  I know rubber and some plastics "gas off" and is inherent to drying out.  I was just wondering if any of you have any tricks to keeping them "fresh".

 

Rich   

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Rich is on the right track. Put them in a sealed bag and remove as much air as you can. Oxygen in the air speeds the breakdown. Different compounds decay at different rates. The more natural rubber the faster it will decay. Not sure what the better compounds are. I do know that neoprene, while it will last a long time does not like to be stretched. 

My experience is Lionel rubber (traction tires, diaphrams) last a long time. K-Line's does not. The others are somewhere in between.

 

Pete

Many years ago, I learned a trick as a paper boy for storing the rubber bands so essential to my chosen profession.  I put the traction tires (still in their sealed bags if possible) in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid and keep the jar in the refrigerator.  I have kept traction tires in good shape for years waiting to be installed this way.

 

Rolland

Originally Posted by Smoke Stack Lightnin:
I wasn't speaking in terms of buying tires to store. I was just curious if there was a way to make them less vulnerable of drying out.

 

Originally Posted by RLaHaie:

I put the traction tires (still in their sealed bags if possible) in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid and keep the jar in the refrigerator.  I have kept traction tires in good shape for years waiting to be installed this way.

Rich,

Years ago when I had my shop. I did the same thing as Rolland. The only exception was that I used a dark glass jar. Mine kept for years.

Last edited by Prewar Pappy

If the material of the traction tires is neoprene, keep them in a sealed container, in a cool location(basement) and no overhead light exposure especially bulbs emitting ultraviolet light, I would anticipate using these traction tires in a 4 to 5 year cycle then reorder as necessary, keep older and newer order lots seperate, use up the older lot items first.  

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