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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 08, 06:56 AM
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Re: What's the best weatherstrip lubricant/protectant?

I am not a chemist (my father is), but I can tell you that I have never found anything to work better than silicone on Rubber. Nothing! I have 41 years of experience with that. With saying that, I don't understand the process for how all rubber is made and there is some product out there called “foam rubber” (a chemist might know the difference, or if it is even really rubber) that silicone does not really work so good for.

A lot of this weather stripping on these cars looks to me like it is foam rubber. When you look at these cars and how long this weather-stripping lasts (like RamAirDave said above) and how easy it is to replace, I am not really sure why you would try to preserve it, when it seems to last about 39 years!!!? I was even really wondering it you were asking how to “Restore the old one?” That would be a different question.

Even with saying all that I have above, when trying to “preserve” my new, I just do what Jim said. I “wipe” it in silicone as a cleaner. Just enough to clean the outside SKIN and make it look really good. I do not use enough to penetrate into the pores of the inner part. I have been doing this for years, but NOT to really preserve (I guess you could say I am trying to preserve the skin.) My theory is that, if it is “Clean,” THAT will preserve it. I have never found this to damage the weather-stripping or skin.

Finally, I have never use the Dupont Product that Dave mentioned above, Krytox Fluorinated Grease. It sounds like a tooth paste!!!!!! I would be very surprised if it were not a great product. But, Dave, if what you are really trying to do is RESTORE the old – let us know that. None of what I have written here or anything else above will do that.

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Re: What's the best weatherstrip lubricant/protectant?

Check out this link from metro http://www.metrommp.com/general_info.htm It tells all about how its made and how to take care of it.

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Dave, if what you are really trying to do is RESTORE the old let us know that. None of what I have written here or anything else above will do that.

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What started this was my shopping for my C4 Corvette. It seemed that most of the cars I looked at ('92-'96) the weatherstrip was in very poor condition. The one I bought has it fairly good shape, but there are quite a few squeaks that seem to be coming from the weatherstrip. Also I just replaced all the weatherstrip on the Camaro a couple years ago, so I figured there must be a way to keep it in good condition and reduce the squeaks.
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I was told to use armold on a rag and message it in.Works for me on my metro seals.
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Re: What's the best weatherstrip lubricant/protectant?

GM sells a product in a tube for dressing weatherstrip (I think it might be called 'Weatherstrip dressing'? ) Supposedly the best thing...

In the past I've 'renewed' old but good rubber items by soaking them in my big gojo container, and then taking them out and cleaning them. You might try rubbing on a little gojo. it absolutely cleans the rubber, and seems to 'renew' it..

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The DuPont Krytox product is made specifically for lube/preservation of rubber weatherstrips, and it's expensive - because it works. We use it in the plants today, and the military uses it for jet canopy seals.

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I use a product made for aircraft seals & o-rings.
Made by Dow corning ,short name DC4.
Or DC 111 it's thicker though.

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