SunBlock for Tires

“Prolonged Tire Life Means Lower Operating Costs”

COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS:
Often commercial tires need to be replaced, not from wear, but from the checking and cracking caused by UV radiation and ozone exposure. SunBlock For Tires can considerably reduce large-scale tire replacement and maintenance costs.

MILITARY APPLICATIONS:
SunBlock For Tires is the perfect solution for keeping tires in a prolonged state of readiness, extending tire life on stored or little used vehicles. MEEP Testing by the United States Air Force concluded the following:

"Sunblock For Tires is recommended for Air Force use and adoption. Sunblock For Tires has shown that it can be effective in various parts of the country within the United States and in the heat and desert environment overseas. Recommend Sunblock For Tires be procured using local purchase procedures."

Increase the performance life of your fleet's tires…and decrease your tire maintenance and replacement costs… with SunBlock For Tires.

For more information or to place an order, contact sales@sunblockfortires.com

  • Product Specs
  • U.S. Military Testing Results

Available sizes:

  • SunBlock For Tires: 5-gallon US (19-liter) tote, contains product to coat approximately 240 22.5-inch (57 cm) tires
  • SunBlock For Tires: 55-gallon US (208-liter) drum, contains product to coat approximately 2640 22.5-inch (57 cm) tires
  • SunBlock Tire Prep: availabie in 5-gallon US (19-liter) totes and 55-gallon US (208-liter) drums; application amounts vary depending on original tire condition. Ask a sales representative for more info.

For fleet order pricing please contact sales@sunblockfortires.com

U.S. AIR FORCE MEEP PROJECT
FINAL REPORT - Vehicle Tire Protective Coatings
PROJECT NR - ET99-61

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS FURNISHED AS CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT

Project Title: Vehicle Tire Protective Coating
Project Dates: AETC Dec 1999 thru Jan 2000. ACC Aug 2000 thru May 2001.
Project monitors: HQ AETC/ACC MEEP.
Product evaluated: Tire Protective Coating

PROJECT RESULTS: Sunblock for Tires was tested on various vehicles tires at three Air Force bases.

Test Site 1: (AETC) Sunblock for Tires was used on tires of vehicles assigned to an Air Force Reserve unit. It was applied to tires on vehicles such as an M-35 Cargo Truck and a 2 1/2-Ton Stake Bed Truck. These vehicles, along with other unit vehicles, remain in the compound for months at a time with little or no movement. Tires on these vehicles dry out and weather crack from sitting out in the sun and other inclement weather conditions, and from being idle for long periods of time. Sunblock for Tires was very easy to apply with a brush, and cleanup was also easy. When wet, Sunblock for Tires will wash away with water. However, once it dries on the tire it will not wash off using normal washing methods, and a new like finish remains on the tire. Sunblock eliminated tires from drying out, and it did not produce a black substance that would get on technician's clothes and hands while performing maintenance. Also, tires treated with Sunblock for Tires would repel dirt and mud.

Test Site 2: (AETC) Sunblock for Tires was applied to the following vehicles: Foam Trailer; Hazardous Material Response Trailer; two Cargo Trailers, and two P-20 Crash/Fire Response Trucks, which all are parked outside year around. The product worked as advertised. It will extend the life of tires on vehicles that are left out in the weather. However, the product will not stay on tires when they are steam-cleaned or pressure washed. Therefore, Sunblock has to be reapplied after that type treatment.

Test Site 3: (ACC) Sunblock for Tires was applied to 36 tires at this site. Tires are installed on a variety of War Readiness (WRM) vehicles all of which are stored outside. Teclmicians were highly impressed with Sunblock for Tires and found it to be easy to apply and clean up. They liked not having to use Personnel Protective Equipment (PEP) when working with Sunblock and they also liked being to apply Sunblock with a spray gun. The technicians did not think applying Sunblock for Tires to the sidewall was enough to protect the tires in their environment. Therefore, they needed a faster more efficient way of applying Sunblock; to the entire outer surface, especially to the tire treads, than applying it with a paintbrush which they found to be slow and awkward. They have seen instances where the tires dry rot and crack in areas other than the sidewall. The manufacturer's preferred method of applying Sunblock for Tires is with a paintbrush so permission had to be obtained from the manufacturer before Sunblock could be applied with a spray gim. Afterwards the technicians find that there was not a great deal of time saved using the spray gun over the paintbrush except when applying Sunblock on duel wheels mounted on the vehicles. The technicians also found that they can treat roughly the same number of tires, 12 tires per quait, using either the spray gun or the paintbrush. They also found that application times by both methods averaged out at ten tires per hour, including setting up and cleaning time. Sunblock is working as claimed by the manufacturer. All of the tires that have been treated with Sunblock appear to be in as good condition as when first applied. All of the tires are still pliable, dark in color, and no cracks are evident. Sunblock for Tires was also used on windshield wiper blades, hoses, oil seals and the rubber seal around windshields. Sunblock appears to bond to the rubber surfaces and doesn't become dislodged or peel as the tire and other rubber parts flexes during use. Sunblock don't appear to be affected by the excessive heat and sunlight that is prevalent at the test site.

Because of its shielding capability technicians decided to apply Sunblock for Tires on the entire outer surface of their tires, to include the treads. Sunblock for Tires has become the product· of choice for this test site and plans are being formalized to start treating all of the tires at the site and within the Area Of Responsible (AOR) with Sunblock.

FINAL MEEP ACTION: Based on the overall finding of the three test sites Sunblock for Tires is recommended for Air Force use and adoption. Sunblock for Tires has shown that it can be effective in various parts of the country within the United States and in the heat and desert environment overseas. Recommend Sunblock for tires be procured using local purchase procedures. Test results will be published in our semi-annual MEEP Consolidated Status Report and provided to all government agencies currently on our mailing list.

THIS REPORT CONSTITUTES CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT. ON BEHALF OF THE AIR FORCE WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROJECT. WE ALWAYS WELCOME PRODUCTS FOR PROJECT CONSIDERATION THAT HAVE A POTENTIAL TO HELP SOLVE VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE OR CIVIL ENGINEER PROBLEMS OR OTHERWISE HELP IMPROVE SHOP PROCEDURERS.