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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Weatherstripping questions

Hey folks - so my car, 95 FWB is showing its Florida sunny side and I am losing exterior weatherstripping like crazy! What can I do here? I thought about taking it all off, and running some silicone in the spots it leaves exposed....but that doesn't seem right. Any suggestions?

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The most straightforward options appear to be removing the overlay completely and either painting the plated metal underneath or just polishing it out to complement the rest of the regular chromed trim. For my past FWB that I got when it was only 5 years old, I had luck with just gluing each place as it would just start to separate - usually the mitered corners and other areas getting snagged on things. On my current FWB I've had just 3 years it's getting to be a losing battle trying to keep all the covering on.

I recently changed out a rear door after an accident, and the donor's trim was so ratty I disassembled both doors and used everything from my "less than perfect" original. In the process the entire covering became disconnected on the wide vertical piece between the fixed glass and window (yours still looks pretty good in your last pic).

So, a more industrious option is finding a better JY door and swapping out everything onto your shell, which from experience will take 7 hours your first time (even with an FSM), -- and probably only 3 hours the second time, -- and even less each time after. lol

Last option is poking around for a stout weatherstrip tape and just replace everywhere, which is what I'm leaning toward. You may want to search all the threads on guys who've murdered out the chrome on their SS window trim using everything from electrical tape to special automotive material.

\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!
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The most straightforward options appear to be removing the overlay completely and either painting the plated metal underneath or just polishing it out to complement the rest of the regular chromed trim. For my past FWB that I got when it was only 5 years old, I had luck with just gluing each place as it would just start to separate - usually the mitered corners and other areas getting snagged on things. On my current FWB I've had just 3 years it's getting to be a losing battle trying to keep all the covering on.

I recently changed out a rear door after an accident, and the donor's trim was so ratty I disassembled both doors and used everything from my "less than perfect" original. In the process the entire covering became disconnected on the wide vertical piece between the fixed glass and window (yours still looks pretty good in your last pic).

So, a more industrious option is finding a better JY door and swapping out everything onto your shell, which from experience will take 7 hours your first time (even with an FSM), -- and probably only 3 hours the second time, -- and even less each time after. lol

Last option is poking around for a stout weatherstrip tape and just replace everywhere, which is what I'm leaning toward. You may want to search all the threads on guys who've murdered out the chrome on their SS window trim using everything from electrical tape to special automotive material.
THANKS FOR THE QUICK REPLY!!
I think the best option budget-wise for me would be "The most straightforward options appear to be removing the overlay completely and either painting the plated metal underneath or just polishing it out to complement the rest of the regular chromed trim."

Specifically the - " just polishing it out to complement the rest of the regular chromed trim" I am down for this. What I was afraid of was that it served a purpose to keep water out of somewhere and by doing so I might damn the car to rust hell lol - does it serve a function or wil the car live on without it?
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THANKS FOR THE QUICK REPLY!!
....What I was afraid of was that it served a purpose to keep water out of somewhere and by doing so I might damn the car to rust hell lol - does it serve a function or wil the car live on without it?

After decades of having to contend with that goofy overlay I'm convinced it's just one of those thousand little things they felt compelled to come up with to justify charging $thousands more for than a Buick. After all, it does make the car look 1/2% more like a formal coach than if the dam trim was just all one finish. And I've tried to stretch to see how it protects the window felt, but never got there.



In other news: Picture how your car looks with the panels between the doors blacked. Several guys have done that, and my current one has a little tint so I'm thinking of that with the new paintjob.

\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!
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After decades of having to contend with that goofy overlay I'm convinced it's just one of those thousand little things they felt compelled to come up with to justify charging $thousands more for than a Buick. After all, it does make the car look 1/2% more like a formal coach than if the dam trim was just all one finish. And I've tried to stretch to see how it protects the window felt, but never got there.



In other news: Picture how your car looks with the panels between the doors blacked. Several guys have done that, and my current one has a little tint so I'm thinking of that with the new paintjob.
So I can just rip all this off and not worry? I will do full tint soon on the car - its something I do to every car I have - helps the AC so much.
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