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Offline Seachange01

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  • Name: Alan James Beaumont
changing weather strips on my 74 Eldorado Convertible
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:47:01 PM »
Hi guys,
I have a brand new set of weather strips, some adhesive and some adhesive remover all just waiting out in my garage for me to come out this Sunday and remove the old set and put the new ones in :)
It seems like a fairly straight forward task. Has anyone done this before? if so, any tips for a first timer? (I have the whole gluing and the best way to get a good adhesion all down pat), Just looking to make sure there is nothing too tricky, or deceptively easy to miss, that could bring me undone ;)
Thanks :)
Alan

Offline chrisntam

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  • Dallas, Texas
  • CLC Number: 29206
  • Name: Chris Jessen
Re: changing weather strips on my 74 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 06:50:50 PM »
Make sure you use the black weatherstrip adhesive, not the yellow.  Invariably, some will squish out.  If it does, it stays yellow FOREVER.

I fixed that issue, sold the car.

 ;)
1970 Deville Convertible 
Dallas, Texas

Offline 76eldo

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  • CLC Number: 22443
  • Name: Brian Rachlin
Re: changing weather strips on my 74 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 07:04:19 PM »
Go online and try to search for videos from Steele Rubber Products.
They had one of their people on an episode of My Classic Car showing the correct way to glue weatherstripping into the car.

Less is more. They showed applying a thin even film on both surfaces.
I've installed weatherstripping with the 3M adhesive and applied it more like mustard on a hot dog and got the squish of yellow goo mentioned above. They may also have a black adhesive available

YouTube is a great resource for seeing different repair methods on everything. I usually watch some videos that are relevant to get ideas.

Good luck and post pics please.

Brian
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Offline Seachange01

  • Posts: 22
  • Name: Alan James Beaumont
Re: changing weather strips on my 74 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017, 08:40:28 PM »
Go online and try to search for videos from Steele Rubber Products.
They had one of their people on an episode of My Classic Car showing the correct way to glue weatherstripping into the car.

Less is more. They showed applying a thin even film on both surfaces.
I've installed weatherstripping with the 3M adhesive and applied it more like mustard on a hot dog and got the squish of yellow goo mentioned above. They may also have a black adhesive available

YouTube is a great resource for seeing different repair methods on everything. I usually watch some videos that are relevant to get ideas.

Good luck and post pics please.

Thanks Brian,
I know the video you mean, I have actually watched it. Great tips for gluing styles.


Brian

Re: changing weather strips on my 74 Eldorado Convertible
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2017, 08:54:16 PM »
Weather-stripping adhesive is technically called a "contact cement".
Read on to see why.

Follow the application directions to get a correct, long-lasting seal.
All that is needed is to first put a thin coat evenly covering both
surfaces.  Then, allow it to dry for the number of minutes specified
in the directions.  Failure to do this step properly will give you a weak bond.

Once dried as per directions CAREFULLY press the two sides together.  It
grabs instantly "on conract" and cannot be finessed / moved afterwards. 
That's why it's important to try the fit of the weather strips first to see if any
trimming or if alignment issues are present.

3M black (as mentioned previously) is what you need to use.  Steele makes the
best replacement rubber parts (IMHO).

Mike
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1973 Cadillac Eldorado
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