How To Repair Car Weather Stripping



How To Repair Car Weather Stripping

One of the most neglected parts on a car or truck is the weather stripping. The weather stripping prevents outside air, rain and a host of other contaminants from reaching the interior of our vehicles. With proper care of weather stripping we can help prevent it from drying out, shrinking and causing damage to interior parts of the vehicle. If you've let the weather stripping on your car or truck go without any maintenance, then chances are it's in need of some type of repair. The weather stripping may be hanging loose from several points of the body of your vehicle. Rain may be leaking inside your car or truck and soaking the vehicle interior. If you're tired of pushing the weather stripping back into place time after time, you can use an easy to find product that will keep the weather stripping from falling off over and over again. It's called 3M Super Weatherstrip & Gasket Adhesive and you can usually find it at any auto parts store for less than $5.00 for a tube. You will also need some type of cleaner to prepare the weather strip surface. This can be acetone, brake cleaner or denatured alcohol. Be sure not to spill any of these cleaners on any part of your vehicle as they may peel paint or stain other surfaces. Wipe the back of the loose part of the weather stripping surface with one of the cleaning agents listed above and allow to dry. Then liberally apply the weatherstrip adhesive to the surface that you just cleaned. Allow the adhesive to dry for about ten minutes, or until no longer tacky. Now apply more weatherstrip adhesive to both the channel where the weather stripping will be attached to the vehicle and go over the area again that you just let dry and then secure the weather stripping immediately to the vehicle surface. You can either hold the weather stripping together with your hands or use some tape to secure the weather stripping to the vehicle while the weatherstrip adhesive dries. If you use tape, make sure it will not remove paint or leave a sticky mess when you pull the tape off. Masking tape should work fine. Remove the tape when dry, according to product directions.

It wasn't too hard to learn how to repair car weather stripping, now was it? So have a look around, as we also have many other DIY guides to help you make simple & easy repairs that can save you money and make you feel more independent.

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