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Old 05-29-2010, 11:36 AM   #1
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SUMMER ULTIMATE DIY FIX: Falling E46 COUPE DOOR SEAL/TRIM

I know there are a couple of fixes already on-line but nevertheless, I will post mine. This fix uses a specific glue which I found to be the ultimate for this repair. Half of the trim was repaired with this glue 3 years ago and it still holds in place.

The fallen trim in the pictures I took today is from areas that still used the OEM glue. The trim actually fell until it met my 3-year old glue. I use a 2-part epoxy resin from Bison, which holds up to 180kg/cm and from -25C to +160C. Our weather here is very hot and sunny, and with the first hot day, the OEM trim fell apart.

I was quoted $300 per side and this - I'd like to say better than OEM - fix cost $11 which was the cost of the glue.

I noticed that glues don't like glossy surfaces or dirty ones, so I used a steel brush on my Dremel to clean both trim surfaces. This is a very important step since it ensures proper adhesion. Be very careful with steel brush near the trim if you don't hold it well and it slips, well, no need to say more.

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Dremel with Steel brush assortment
Paper tape (safe for paint)
Bison Epoxy Resin 2-Part Glue
Cleaning rags






Step 1: Clean surfaces with steel brush / 20000rpm



Step 2: Thoroughly mix glue till it becomes one uniform color
Apply glue to both sides, push them together, and secure with tape




After I put the paper tape to secure both trim pieces, I closed the door and let the car sit for a day. The glue is supposed to be ready within an hour but I wanted to be sure. The reason I closed the doors is because the door actually touches the trim and fine tunes it in place.

Today I removed the tape and observed the result:



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Old 05-29-2010, 06:56 PM   #2
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nice diy. I will be doing this when I have time
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:14 PM   #3
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Thanks, my passenger one is jsut shoved down below the seat belt bar and ends under the seat lol
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:46 AM   #4
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next DIY=washing your car lol jk
nice DIY i really need to do mine as well i may try to complete this today
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:53 AM   #5
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:44 PM   #6
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^Good diy too

There's dust coming from Sahara in the atmosphere, combined with short rains makes it impossible to keep a car clean. So I just let it there for now
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Old 05-30-2010, 02:45 PM   #7
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Paraklas, did a member from Cyprus ever get on contact with you? A newbie was looking for someone "local" and Alex and I referred him to you.
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:56 PM   #8
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I need to do this....again....but it doesn't seem like I can find this particular adhesive anywhere in the US.

I did something similar last year, scuffing the surfaces of the trim, used the gorilla glue, taped it down with painters tape and now it's coming off again. The hot weather got to it again.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:57 PM   #9
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I thought I was the only one with this problem too. This and Chris' thread is hopefully gonna help out lots tomorrow.
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Old 05-31-2010, 02:30 PM   #10
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Paraklas, did a member from Cyprus ever get on contact with you? A newbie was looking for someone "local" and Alex and I referred him to you.

I did talk with 2 members a couple of months ago but I can't recall their usernames, had to empty my PM box.

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I need to do this....again....but it doesn't seem like I can find this particular adhesive anywhere in the US.
Regarding adhesive, you need to find something relatively flexible, which has a wide range of temperature rating, waterproof, PU based works well, and of course is compatible with rubber surfaces. Some members from UK had success with Evostick, don't know if any of this is available in the US, GL
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:38 AM   #11
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Going through the 3rd summer after this fix and 6th summer after gluing the first pieces that fell off
Glue still holds everything together
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:01 AM   #12
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Re: SUMMER ULTIMATE DIY FIX: Falling E46 COUPE DOOR SEAL/TRIM

Gentlemen drop glue stop using that **** this **** works

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