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Old 04-22-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default Question about glueing rubber weatherstrip

I need to re glue the weatherstrip around the doors.

What hints/tips do you have to do this?

And what's the best way to remove the old glue?
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Old 04-22-2008, 01:45 PM   #2
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You need to purchase some weatherstrip adhesive. Napa carries it. Scrap the old adhesive off with something that won't scratch the paint (wooden or plastic scraper) and then clean off the remaining with some mild paint thinner or solvent such as naptha.

The stuff Napa sells is very nasty sticky and will get everywhere if you're not careful with it, but it holds really well and does a great job.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:50 AM   #3
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The guy at the NAPA store I bought mine from said they call it "Gorilla Snot" because it is black and gooey. Vinyl gloves might be a good idea to keep it off your fingers.

I'll second having some solvent on hand to remove the original adhesive.
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There is no weatherstripping that is glued on to either the door itself or the door opening on the car, so what are you trying to do?
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There is no weatherstripping that is glued on to either the door itself or the door opening on the car, so what are you trying to do?
I have a 98 SL1, where the rubber weather strip around the door opening is glued on.
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It isn't glued on. It's a press fit over the pinch welded area around the door opening.
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It isn't glued on. It's a press fit over the pinch welded area around the door opening.
Well, the rubber molding is sagging, and not staying where it's supposed to. Mainly in the top corners.

Then when I look underneath, there is some glue, and I'm the only owner, so I know I didn't do it.

One of the other doors was a problem when It was new, and the dealer glued that one....
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It's both, from what I've seen. The metal strips inside the weatherstrip are supposed to "pinch-fit" on the edge of the spaceframe, to hold it on. I replaced my front weatherstrips, which were experiencing the common "shrinkage" problem, with some from a gen-3 salvage yard car. Both had some kind of stickum on them; not much, and it wasn't really "holding" the weatherstrip. When I installed the replacements, I just pressed them into place, without using any new adhesive. I'm guessing maybe they use that stickum as a way to keep the weatherstrip from moving around, coming loose or falling off while the car is moving down the assembly line.
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It's both, from what I've seen. The metal strips inside the weatherstrip are supposed to "pinch-fit" on the edge of the spaceframe, to hold it on. I replaced my front weatherstrips, which were experiencing the common "shrinkage" problem, with some from a gen-3 salvage yard car. Both had some kind of stickum on them; not much, and it wasn't really "holding" the weatherstrip. When I installed the replacements, I just pressed them into place, without using any new adhesive. I'm guessing maybe they use that stickum as a way to keep the weatherstrip from moving around, coming loose or falling off while the car is moving down the assembly line.
There is something in the valley of the seal, it also acts as a weather barrier to keep rain from getting in through the seal. It really isn't an adhesive. I certainly wouldn't go gluing a new one on unless you plan on selling the car soon. You'll have to replace it again eventually or remove it for one reason or another. Adhesive is a bad idea.
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