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Old 02-25-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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DIY: Door / window interior weather seal fix

Hello fellow fanatics,

My saggy weather stripping was falling apart on me the other day so I decided to fix it. This DIY is easy and should only take like 10-20 mins. Most of that time is letting it dry btw. So:

****USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE ADHESIVE WILL RUIN YOUR INTERIOR IF IT GETS ON ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT IT TOO!*********

Parts needed:
Latex gloves (optional, although it gets messy quick)
3M Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive
Painters tape (or any kind of soft clamps...although you'll need lots of clamps)
Some type of cleaning agent or metal brush (optional)

1) The weather stripping I'm talking about***********:



2) Gather materials:



3) Clean off any excess stuff you can get your hands on. Use anything you have, like wire brushes or a screwdriver or anything. Just get the loose pieces off, you don't have to get it super clean. I left most of the hardened crap on there.



4) Grab your 3M tube, and apply a thin line of the goop on BOTH surfaces, the car side and the weather stripping side. I suggest doing smaller parts at a time, it makes it easier to apply.




5) Now put the goop tube down, and grab your painters tape. WAIT ABOUT 1-3 MINS. You want the goop to be tacky, but not hard. Now press the weather seal back into place, and use tape to hold it down. Take a piece of tape, and stretch it as TIGHT as you can from the inside of the car to the outside. I used the windows as much as I could because the tape sticks to it really well. Just use the tape in place of clamps. It works well, and the tape lasts long enough to hold the seal in place while it hardens.



Work your way from one side to the other. This way no droops appear.



Here's all the sections I was doing:



6) Now wait 20 mins or so. Wait longer if you have the time, because the long you wait the more time the goop has to dry. Take off the tape and viola, you're done!


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Old 02-26-2011, 07:42 AM   #2
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Looks like a good proc. I may be doing it soon. I recently bought an 05 330Ci with that same stripping and the stripping was cut off and removed half way up on both sides. So the bottom half was there and in tact, and the top half was completely gone. Any idea why?
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:08 AM   #3
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I used the glue butyl present in the panels of doors
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:02 PM   #4
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I tried a variety of glues including this one. Unfortunately none stood up to a Florida summer, even though the car was garaged. A few months ago I gave up and ordered a new seal.
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Looks like a good proc. I may be doing it soon. I recently bought an 05 330Ci with that same stripping and the stripping was cut off and removed half way up on both sides. So the bottom half was there and in tact, and the top half was completely gone. Any idea why?
Wow I have no idea why that would be lol. Previous owner couldn't figure out how to use a tube of adhesive and just cut it off? lmao
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