So I looked through STn and there was no tire plug procedure thread. I know it's not that difficult but I had a tire to plug and thought I'd post up what I used and some pics in various stages. Might give some other people who have never done it some peace of mind. Feel free to critique my method or add some suggestions; this is the first time I have ever plugged a tire.
I also wanted to put this together so that I could write up a review on this particular plug kit and mini compressor below. The bike was on the center stand throughout the procedure.
Using the spray bottle with soapy water method I found my leak.
Here is the offending nail that attacked my rear tire:
The rescue team, purchased at Wal-Mart this morning:
Slime brand Tire Top Off; small air compressor, runs off 12V. I had hopes that it would fit under my seat but no dice, YMMV. Oh well, it is small and won't take up a lot of room in the tank bag or saddle bags. $9.97
Slime brand Tire Plug Kit, comes with T-handled reamer and insertion tool, rubber cement, and 5 sticky string plugs. Never having used a straight handled plug tool I cannot comment on them however after realizing how much force it takes to push the reamer and insertion tool through and pull them back out; I'm glad I bought the T-handles. $7.24
I used a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the nail, then let the air out using the back side of my tire pressure gauge to speed up the process a bit:
Using the reamer tool per instructions, I cleaned the puncture by pushing it in and pulling it out a bunch of times. This report is going to be so full of innuendos.... I am shaking my head as I type it..
I threaded the plug through the 'eye' of the insertion tool and centered it. Coated the plug with cement and plunged it in to the puncture so about 1/3 of the plug was still sticking out. Then rapidly pulled the insertion tool straight out without twisting it. (I have seen other procedures on other sites that say you twist the handle before removal but my instructions on this kit specifically told me not to, so I didn't.)
Instructions say to cut off flush with tread but I don't want to damage my tire with a razor so I left a little hanging out.
I did let the plug sit for a little while before adding air, long enough to wash the sticky rubber and cement from my hands (fast orange soap worked fine) and clean the insertion tool (used an alchohol wipe). Here is the tire pump removed from the packaging (still won't fit under my seat though), nice long power cord, short air hose though.
I do not currently have a 12v socket on the bike but I will be adding one soon. I could have used my shop compressor but I wanted to test the little one at my house instead of finding out it sucks on the side of I-90. I pulled my car next to the bike to use that 12V. I started my cell phone's stop watch and started filling the tire
Tire took 11:53 to fill from 0 psi to 42 psi. The first part went fast then it seemed to hang up around 30psi, long enough that I was worried that was the max psi of the pump even though the gauge goes up to 50 psi. No maximum listed on the packaging or the instructions but it started slowly climbing after that. The gauge on the compressor seemed spot on, I shut it off right at 42 psi and double checked the tire pressure with 2 different tire gauges. Both read 42 psi.
The plug kit is straight forward and I will need to wait until I can get some mileage on the tire before I can review the plug. I do not plan to replace the tire until it is worn out.
The slime compressor is definitely worth the $10 I payed: long 12V cord, accurate pressure gauge, built in LED flash light, threaded air hose so it screws right on to the valve, comes in a zippered reuseable pouch, it's small and it works. I would recommend this pump. The air hose is a little short so even with the tire rotated so the valve was as close to the ground as possible the pump still didn't reach and vibrated quite a bit. I placed a rag between the pump and the rim so that it wouldn't be too noisy and give it a cushion; that seemed to work fine and I didn't have to hold it there for all 12 minutes.
(Edited to fix photo links.)