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Old 03-19-2009, 11:14 PM   #21
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This weatherstip adhesive is excellent: http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...5%20oz.%20Tube

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Old 05-21-2009, 03:56 PM   #22
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UPDATE:

It has been 8 months and the trim is still holding strong in the places where I applied the Gorilla Glue Gel as per my original post. Although now it has started to droop in the areas that were previously okay. Now I have to break out the vice grips and gorilla glue again for these new sections.
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:26 PM   #23
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I tried but unfortunately the trim (both sides) was in such bad shape that I had to replace it with a new one. (getbmwparts.com for ~ $264) Looks brand new now.
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:30 PM   #24
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I'm not giving in that easily!!!
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:33 PM   #25
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piece of **** bmw... this is the 3rd time my trim started to droop in 2 years time. gotta go to auto store and get some glue. so embarrassing i dont even wanna roll down my windows
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:32 AM   #26
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hey guys I'm working on a complete replacement. when i got my car the complete passenger side was gone and the drivers side was falling. I'm taking pictures and will post them when I'm done. so far so good. bmw only sells it as an attached set felt and weather stripping for 300 bucks each! mines gonna look like new for about 20 bucks. keep an eye out for my diy once i finish and write it up.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:54 PM   #27
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I've found that it helps to use small (and thus flexible) wooded paint stirrers between the clamp and the weatherstripping / trim as this spreads the clamping force over a wider area (for better glue adhesion) and also helps keep the clamp from making an indent on the fabric trim. It also helps make the trim stick on all parts of a curved surface, not just where the clamp happens to be.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:55 PM   #28
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And the glue that's worked well for me on the weatherstripping is "Amazing Goop" contact adhesive and sealant.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:03 PM   #29
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Home Depot has "Perfect Glue" again by Liquid Nails. This with the clamp method works perfect.
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:49 PM   #30
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the only thing that sux is when the trim comes down behind your seat and then the leather begins to come undone and show that ugly yellow foam **** and you cant get it back in place
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:12 PM   #31
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Good write up, I though I was the only one with a falling window trim.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:35 PM   #32
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Good write up, I though I was the only one with a falling window trim.
Sadly no. Even the savviest of E46 drivers suffer from this retarded problem.
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:43 AM   #33
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Just an update, after 2.5 years the glue I used seems to be holding very well. This will be the 3rd summer and hopefully without any issues
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:41 PM   #34
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Saaaaaaaaaaaaweet thread.

Drooping door seal trim is my nemesis.

I tried all sorts of stuff from super glue to rubber cement and nothing really worked. Left side held up for almost a year with good rubber cement but it's starting to go. WTF.
Right side trim was replaced under warranty but just this week, the replacement is beginning to fall.

My local dealer wanted $480 PER SIDE to replace the trim.
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"Hello Mr. or Ms. McDonald's drive-thru person. Why, yes. I do drive a POS."
I'm going to try the ChrisTKHarris method since I can buy the gel Gorilla glue locally.

Oh snap. I can't follow the instructions! My clamps are not Irwin brand.


Seriously, thanks for posting. I now have hope.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:30 AM   #36
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I just did this with electrical tape holding everything in place and gorilla glue, it is drying right now.
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I just did this with electrical tape holding everything in place and gorilla glue, it is drying right now.
I never found that any kind of tape could hold the trim firm enough.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:18 AM   #38
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one thing i would add to your DIY would be to use a wash cloth, or any other clean rag as a buffer between the top arm of the clamp and your car's paint/trim(thats assuming the clamp doesnt have a rubber pad attached to it already).

nice writeup
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:19 PM   #39
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My 2000 323ci did this to me today... so disappointed. I'm also new owner of three 4" clamps, Irwin should cut you a commission check

When I looked at sagging piece of trim, it appears the factory applied glue to two tiny tracks near the edges and leave the middle dry.

Are you applying Gorilla glue to entire interior trim (without going over the edges of course)? or just in some spots?
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one thing i would add to your DIY would be to use a wash cloth, or any other clean rag as a buffer between the top arm of the clamp and your car's paint/trim(thats assuming the clamp doesnt have a rubber pad attached to it already).

nice writeup
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My 2000 323ci did this to me today... so disappointed. I'm also new owner of three 4" clamps, Irwin should cut you a commission check

When I looked at sagging piece of trim, it appears the factory applied glue to two tiny tracks near the edges and leave the middle dry.

Are you applying Gorilla glue to entire interior trim (without going over the edges of course)? or just in some spots?
I applied it to the entire section that needed to be re-applied. Be sure not to use too much as when the clamps apply pressure it will squeeze out onto the visible parts of the trim.
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