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Rubber Door Seal (used) Treatment


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Just pulled some door seals off another car to reuse on mine temporarily prior to a repaint sometime in the future. Does anyone know what I should do as far as cleaning/prepping them prior to installation? They are dirty and not the softest, but should be serviceable. Confirmed that BMW no longer sells that Gummiflege stuff.



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If you use glycerin ( & I think that's probably a good idea),you'll probabley need 8 oz. to a pint. Your local pharmacy probably doesn't stock the cheap stuff in pints but would probably order it for you at perhaps a substantial savings compared to the 4 oz. bottles you find out on the shelf. You can use what's left over to lubricate water hoses before installing them or reinstalling them. As good as KY for that job & many other tasks.

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it will adhere well. Simple Green, or even tire cleaning products do well. Use 3M Adhesive Remover & Surface Cleaner to get the old glue off.

Conditioning the strip with the various juices can be done once they're in place.

A gummi-pflege product is available from Einzett, purchased from any of the online detailing sites. Glycerine works well, as does the Zymol rubber product.

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Someone once told me that if you were to put rubbers in the pre clean tanks at a plating shop (i don't know what the deadly solution is)---but your rubbers come out like new. Any of you cad plating guys should try this for me! I've got many used door seals in various states---glass beading works nicely on rubbers but these are a bit gangly. I'd like to find out about the dipping-----Brent

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"Westley's Blech-White" tire cleaner works great for cleaning old crusty rubber parts.

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Something we do as a matter of course at the upholstery shop, is to scuff the material to be glued, even if new, with a scotch brite pad. This opens the pores to the rubber to allow the adhesive to stick much better.

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