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I have been slowly accumulating random bits and pieces to put my freshly painted fjord 76 back together. It seems every rubber piece i get from the dealer has a powdery white film on it. I assume it is to protect the rubber while it is on the shelf, but i am unsure if it should be removed prior to installing the parts. The piece i am going to work next is the trunk gasket, i know that i will have to remove the powder from where i want to adhere it, but should i remove it from the rest of it as well? What is the best way to remove it without damaging the rubber?

Thanks in advance for the replies!

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The white stuff is used to release the rubber from its mold. I used a mild sovent as used to remove wax, etc. from the body of a car prior to bodywork and painting. This solvent (Sherwin-Williams: Sherwil Clean or something like that) worked quickly and caused no damage to the rubber whatsoever.

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