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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:00 pm    Post subject:  Keeping door & trunk weatherstrips new Reply with quote

The weatherstrips on my 05 Impala still look new, & I'd like to keep them looking that way. 2 days of Tropical Storm Isaac, & the carpets are still dry. In the past I've used silicone spray with good results. Others suggest to use baby oil, or 303 Protectant. Now these weatherstrips are between the door & body, or in the trunk, so they are not exposed to the sun like side moldings. So what do you guys use? GARY
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I don't do anything. The weather stripping on my Monte Carlo was just fine when I sold it after 10 years on the road and the Intrigue's were just starting to get nasty when I junked it after 15 years on the road.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:11 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I don't do anything.


ditto, dont think Ive ever treated the weather stripping on any vehicle I have owned.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I appreciate your views, but at the GM dealership where I worked, I sold plenty of door weatherstrips to replace the originals that rotted causing the car to have water leaks during our rainy season. Especially the roof rail weatherstrips that sealed the top of the window glass against the roof on cars that didn't have window frames. On the other hand, I just sold a 90 Gran Prix, & the weatherstrips were fine, but I did spray them with silicone 4 years ago. I want this Impala to last a long time. GARY
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Sounds like a case of parking in the sun all year. My car's have almost always been 'garaged' either in an actual garage of parked in a structure to avoid exposure to UV rays.

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Sounds like a case of parking in the sun all year. My car's have almost always been 'garaged' either in an actual garage of parked in a structure to avoid exposure to UV rays.
Unfortunately, I don't have this luxury. GARY
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I use 303 on mine, only about once a year though.

I have a garage but mainly use it as a work area for remodelling or other construction/handyman projects (and car repairs out of the rain). The car stays in the driveway and next spring the bike will remain in the garage to avoid tampering and wind/hail damage.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Sounds like a case of parking in the sun all year. My car's have almost always been 'garaged' either in an actual garage of parked in a structure to avoid exposure to UV rays.


Id kill for a garage

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just keep it clean with warm water and a rag when you clean the car.

I also use Aerospace 303 pretectant on it from time to time.

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Sounds like a case of parking in the sun all year. My car's have almost always been 'garaged' either in an actual garage of parked in a structure to avoid exposure to UV rays.


Id kill for a garage
I hear you. Here in condoland there are no garages. And many people in the area who have a garage turn it into a poolroom, or store so much crap there's hardly room for a bicycle. I found some 303 locally, & I'm off to pick some up. Thanks for all the replies. GARY
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I used sylglide on my weatherstripping, keeps it fresh looking and helps keep the seal tight after 12 years.
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Sounds like a case of parking in the sun all year. My car's have almost always been 'garaged' either in an actual garage of parked in a structure to avoid exposure to UV rays.


Id kill for a garage

Judging by the photos of your Monte under 3 feet of snow last year I don't blame ya. Laughing You know, they aren't too hard to build..... Peace, John

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I cleaned the weatherstrips with soap & water, then applied the 303. Wiped it off as per the instructions. It doesn't feel slimy like Armor All. I'll get back in 5 years to report how well it works. GARY
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Sounds like a case of parking in the sun all year. My car's have almost always been 'garaged' either in an actual garage of parked in a structure to avoid exposure to UV rays.


Id kill for a garage

Judging by the photos of your Monte under 3 feet of snow last year I don't blame ya. Laughing You know, they aren't too hard to build..... Peace, John


If you dont want to build on pictch, they sell "movable garages" anywhere from $400-3000. I dont know how well the work though lol.

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Sounds like a case of parking in the sun all year. My car's have almost always been 'garaged' either in an actual garage of parked in a structure to avoid exposure to UV rays.


Id kill for a garage

Judging by the photos of your Monte under 3 feet of snow last year I don't blame ya. Laughing You know, they aren't too hard to build..... Peace, John


If you dont want to build on pictch, they sell "movable garages" anywhere from $400-3000. I dont know how well the work though lol.


if you're talking about those glorified tents, I wouldn't even put my 2003 under one. I've seen more than one get blown around or damaged due to weather, and that leaves the vehicle 'inside' in worse shape than leaving it in the sun. UV damage is one thing, paint and sheetmetal damage is another. We don't even get extreme weather around here, unless you consider snow extreme.

For 3000 you can get materials and permits for a pretty good portion of a single garage, assuming you're not going hog wild with a lift, plumbing, etc. But you'd have to do the labor.

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