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Radiator Leak Sealer Recommendation

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for radiator post but here it is. I have a radiator with a leak in a spot I can't solder so I am soliciting suggestions for a really good metal repair epoxy product. Do you know of any?

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I hear the Bars stop leak works, but I would only use it as a temporary measure and plan on future replacement.

"Mechanic in a bottle" aren't permanent fixes.
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I got nothing against stop leak products. I have ran them for years without the leak recurring.

The latest was an intake manifold gasket leak to the intake port. I used Block Seal and the steaming stopped after running about ten minutes. It also stopped a rad hose drip. I was going to tighten up the hose clamp but I will leave it to see what happens.
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If you use epoxy the slower drying products are stronger because they don't produce as much heat when curing ! A business acquaintance of mine has a radiator shop and repairs the aluminum cores and plastic with a "slow cure" Industrial epoxy it may work on what you cant solder!

I like the powdered copper and silver stop leak in the small plastic clear tubes and it doesn't plug the heater core and lubricates the pump! I used to use solder seal in that form but cant get it here and use a product just like it but forgot the name!

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If you use epoxy the slower drying products are stronger because they don't produce as much heat when curing ! A business acquaintance of mine has a radiator shop and repairs the aluminum cores and plastic with a "slow cure" Industrial epoxy it may work on what you cant solder!

I like the powdered copper and silver stop leak in the small plastic clear tubes and it doesn't plug the heater core and lubricates the pump! I used to use solder seal in that form but cant get it here and use a product just like it but forgot the name!

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The Block Seal has the particles of copper in it. I guess its similar but in liquid form?
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Alumaseal is the best stuff going to long term repair. It will hold for years bars leak stops working after a long while.

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Easily the best stuff on the market for radiator leaks.

Alumaseal is what I use now its almost identical



I just found out the new Aluma seal is the old Solder seal no wonder I cant find it here LOL

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These look like great products however, I am looking for an epoxy type product. You know, mix and spread on outside of radiator. I'm trying to avoid the internal products.
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.... Put a hole the size of a my thumb in the radiator. He agreed to fix it but they did not have new one in stock so he ordered it and stuck some of this stuff in my radiator and it sealed up after a few minutes of driving.
Sealed a hole the size of your thumb?? Really?
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These look like great products however, I am looking for an epoxy type product. You know, mix and spread on outside of radiator. I'm trying to avoid the internal products.
I'm sure 3M has something that will work.

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That stuff worked for me when a mechanic jacked by fox body up by the radiator support. Put a hole the size of a my thumb in the radiator. He agreed to fix it but they did not have new one in stock so he ordered it and stuck some of this stuff in my radiator and it sealed up after a few minutes of driving. I had to put water in it once but it was sealed when i got home and lasted for a good while. I decided to make a few other upgrades while i was at the shop. So i waited a few extra weeks. No issues at all.
Was it a crack as long as your thumb or a hole as big around as it? I can't see it plugging a big hole, but I could see it fixing a long crack.

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A holeish crack i would call it. If you ever owned a fox body you know what i mean by jacking the car up by the cor support. Its the first thing under the car to look like its thick metal. But it was almost as big around as my thumb.

I. Also drained the rad a few days later and all the metal flakes came out and new fluid in so it doesnt seal up until it hits air or something.

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Just do it right and replace the Gasket, Why screw around, do it right.
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I'd try JB Weld - the slow stuff, not fast set.
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trust me im a firm beleiver in the orignal jb weld used it on a 350 1 time the the sides of block were acully cracked close to 2 in long next to freeze out plugs due to it having water in it i took a hammer and bent the block back the best i could cleanned it with a wire brush and then dried it with a small hand tourch so that metal was dry let it cool 2 the touch and applyed the j b weld and let it set for 24 hrs then drove the enging for like 10 yrs and never had another leak so know its good stuff lol
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