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#4453466 - 07/08/17 02:12 PM I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets
JimPghPA Offline


Registered: 08/22/09
Posts: 3859
Loc: Pittsburgh,PA U.S.A.
For our 2001 Impala, what would be a good product to apply to the black rubber door gaskets to rejuvenate them so they will do a good job of sealing out rain like they use to when the car was younger?

Thanks in advance for any reply's.
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#4453476 - 07/08/17 02:18 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: JimPghPA]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11924
Loc: NH
For a 2001 I'd think the best treatment would be a new car loan.

hornets

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Is the rubber dried out? Also, is the door sitting flush? I know my Jetta warped its door. It may have had forged hinges, but apparently they weren't up to gravity and time. So the door needed periodic tweaking so as to make opening easier.
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#4453479 - 07/08/17 02:21 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: JimPghPA]
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Registered: 10/08/11
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Loc: Chicago, IL
I use shin etsu grease
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#4453480 - 07/08/17 02:22 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: JimPghPA]
knerml Offline


Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 479
Loc: NE Ohio
Audi recommends something like ArmorAll.
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#4453485 - 07/08/17 02:25 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: knerml]
4WD Offline


Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6366
Loc: Texas
Yep - those low shine AA dispenser towels do fine ...

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#4453488 - 07/08/17 02:28 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: knerml]
turtlevette Offline


Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 3560
Loc: Massachusetts
I've used silicone grease, silicone spray, vasoline and fluid film.

Silicone spray penetrates the best but I wonder about the acetone carrier. Fluid film penetrates second best and makes them look really black and fresh.
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#4453493 - 07/08/17 02:33 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: JimPghPA]
Padawan Offline


Registered: 08/24/08
Posts: 333
Loc: NJ
Shin-Etsu Silicone grease, Gummi Pflege, Krytox, or 303 Rubber Seal Protectant are all good options.

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#4453494 - 07/08/17 02:35 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: turtlevette]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
Here's a few different products that are designed for exactly the purpose you mention:

http://autogeek.commerce-search.net/search?catalog=autogeek&query=rubber+seals&x=33&y=10

Sure beats buying and installing new rubber.

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#4453497 - 07/08/17 02:39 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: JimPghPA]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2967
Loc: USA
If the seals are leaking, they need to be replaced.

I can't imagine it would be that expensive to buy a brand new gasket?

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#4453516 - 07/08/17 02:58 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: JimPghPA]
Andy636 Offline


Registered: 12/30/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Romania
If the seals are in good order rub them with a piece of bee wax and you are good to go for another 2 years.

Don't use paraffin wax.

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#4453518 - 07/08/17 03:00 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: JimPghPA]
WhizkidTN Offline


Registered: 12/05/16
Posts: 482
Loc: E. Tennessee
Best I've seen is the 'Gummi Pflege Stift' bottle.
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#4453519 - 07/08/17 03:00 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: Brybo86]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29747
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: Brybo86
I use shin etsu grease


Me too. It works very well.
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#4453522 - 07/08/17 03:03 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: demarpaint]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: demarpaint
Originally Posted By: Brybo86
I use shin etsu grease


Me too. It works very well.


Isn't that stuff pretty thick goop like Vaseline? I asked the Honda dealer to put some in the window channels and it seemed very thick.


Edited by SatinSilver (07/08/17 03:04 PM)

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#4453525 - 07/08/17 03:07 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: WhizkidTN]
Canadastang Offline


Registered: 12/08/15
Posts: 261
Loc: Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: WhizkidTN
Best I've seen is the 'Gummi Pflege Stift' bottle.


+1 awesome stuff. But where on earth can you find it?

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#4453527 - 07/08/17 03:08 PM Re: I'm looking for a treatment for door gaskets [Re: Canadastang]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
Look a few posts up, the link for autogeek.net.

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