Reconditioning rubber window seals?

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  1. Operator7G

    Operator7G Active Member

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    Cliffs first:
    Is there anything I can do to recondition or prolong the life of a weatherstrip or window seal?


    Long story:
    The weatherstrip for my hatchback's glass has been discontinued by Toyota. :mad: I have an extra one from the junkyard, but it's been sitting for who knows how long. When I go to remove it from the junkyard hatch, I'd like to do whatever I can to make it as new as possible to give it the best seal I can get out of it and keep it that way as long as possible.
     
  2. David02

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    Any type of silicone lubricant will do the job nicely. Spray it on a rag, and wipe down all of the rubber seals with it.

    I've also heard a thin coating of vasaline, rubbed into the seals works well... but I have never tried it.
     
  3. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Rubber/vinyl protectant like Optimum Protectant Plus or Meguiars #40 work well.
     
  4. Operator7G

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    Thanks guys!
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    The best rubber conditioner ever made was sold by TEAC for reconditioning rubber rollers and belts in their old reel-to-reel tape recorders. It was amazing stuff; you could wipe it on and wipe it off, and there would be a nice coating of shiny black shit on the cloth, and the roller/belt would have a nice matte-black finish again, slightly sticky like it should be.

    Sadly, it was discontinued years ago because it's toxic as all hell. I bet you could buy some from some third-world country, though, where CFCs and DDT and other nasty stuff is still legal. I'll see if I can find out what the chemical is called.
     

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