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Which Slime Sealant Do You Need?

How many pneumatic tires can you count on the various vehicles and outdoor toys at your house? We’ll give you a minute to add them up.

Some people only have 10 or so between the cars and bicycles in the garage. But many others have dozens of tires when they add in their trailers, ATVs, RVs, wheelbarrows, strollers, dirt bikes, motorcycles, tractors and more. And, unfortunately, all of these tires go flat.

To solve the struggle of the flat tire, Slime developed a product line of advanced tire sealants that instantly seal punctures and keep your wheels moving. But when it comes time to install Slime, how do you know which sealant to use? Below, we break it down into three easy categories to ensure you purchase the correct bottle each time:

Red Label: Tube Sealant to Prevent and Repair

The red label line of Slime products is designed specifically to stop flats in tires with tubes. Tubes are the key word here. Your bicycles, dirt bikes, hand dollies, wheelbarrows and jogging strollers with tubes are perfect candidates for the red label product.

This formula prevents flats from thorns (even goatheads), glass, nails and other debris for up to two years. Slime sealant for tubes instantly seals punctures up to 1/8” and also stops annoying slow leaks. Bottom line, if you have a tire with a tube, reach for the red label bottle.

Blue Label: Tire Sealant to Prevent and Repair

Here at Slime, we think of our blue label sealant as the “fun” sealant because it keeps the fun going in all your recreational vehicles. Your ATVs, quads, boat trailers, dirt bikes and other non-highway tires without tubes are going to love this Slime tire sealant that prevents and repair flats.

The blue label sealant got an upgrade and instantly seals punctures up to 1/4!” Like the tube sealant, it also continuously seals for two years and stops slow leaks. Additionally, the blue label sealant is safe for finished metal wheels. So don’t wait until your ATV flats on the sand dunes, or your boat trailer flats before you make it to the dock – put Slime in your “fun” tires BEFORE you go out to play.

The blue label prevent and repair tire sealant is also a must-have for the agricultural industry and lawn and garden enthusiasts. Tractors, trailers, riding lawnmowers and wheelbarrows all benefit from no flats for two years with Slime.

Yellow Label: Tire Sealant for Emergencies

When you find yourself in an emergency flat tire situation (like stuck on the side of a super busy highway, or in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone service), it is time to think yellow label. Slime’s tire sealant for emergencies is designed for all highway vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and more) to get you back on the road quickly and safely after a flat tire.

Tire sealant for emergencies also instantly seals punctures up to 1/4” in diameter. It is tire sensor safe, no jack is required to repair your flat and it is safe for finished metal wheels. This may sound a lot like the blue label sealant, right? The answer is no and here is why: highway vehicles need balanced wheels, but if there is a thick liquid in your tires long-term, you could cause an imbalance. Unlike the blue label sealant, which you should pre-install and leave in your tires for two years, the yellow label bottle is formulated for emergency use only in highway vehicles. Once the yellow label emergency sealant in installed, it must be removed within 100 miles or three days, or you risk causing that imbalance.

Prefer to view all this info in a more visual format? Check out this quick comparison sheet instead:

Slime tire sealant guide chart

Check out all the chemical products available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on which slime sealant you need, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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