Originally Posted by indybp57
The plugs they use now have a patch on the end - they shove the whole thing into the tire and the patch expands on the inside and so they are able to patch a tire while its still on the rim. Looking at it you think "the bast ____s plugged my tire!" When in reality its a patch.
I can't say that I have ever personally seen that. A patch/plug insert is inserted from the inside of the tire. You still have to buff/clean the tire's innerliner for a patch to properly adhere to the tire and make an airtight seal. You also have to use a cutter to prepare the injury hole for the insert. Those carbide cutters aren't cheap either as I just had to buy two replacements last week for around $65 per.
To meet RMA standards, which most all tire manufacturers are members of, here is the proper repair techniques for small tires.
and here is the repair procedures from Tech Int., which is the brand of repair materials we use in my business.
As noted, ALL repairs are done from the inside of the tire.
If someone in the same tire business as me told you otherwise, you may still have reason to call them a bad name.