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    rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Greetings,

    Here is my latest area that I need your help with... I tried a paper towel with 303 protectant and its getting better but even after washing - the 303 protectant still comes out with alot of dirt on the paper towel... which is also why I don`t use my good microfiber towels on it.


    How should i attack this area to make it look new again. microfiber + 303 and scrub scruv scrub ?

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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Are you trying to clean the rubber with 303 protectant? I would recommend you try a dedicated cleaner. Protectant is applied after things are clean to dress and protect

    I know some members here have had great results using tuff shine tire cleaner on exterior plastics/rubber trim. You could try that. Its specifically made to deep clean rubber.
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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    yeah I need a APC that will work for items such as this and tires... normally I just use car soap... or Tuff Stuff interior APC that you find in wally world.

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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    If this is what I think it is (and appears to be) - I have dealt with it before (common BMW problem) and cleaning per se is not your answer.

    It looks from the photos, that the protective factory coating over the rubber has failed from sun exposure giving it an uneven or mottled appearance. Cleaning won`t remedy it - because it is not dirt.

    However, there is a fix - It`s not too hard - but requires a bit of work. If your interested I can post it.

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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    just clean it and hit it with gummi fledge
    it will never be perfect, but you can keep it from getting worse
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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    The car is only 2 years old i would hope its not as bad as you think it is.. i cleaned it back to look almost new with 303 but it took work amd the towel was black.. But yes please share what i should do i will try it.

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    rubber seal trim around glass ?

    The fix is to carefully tape off all surrounding areas around the seal / gasket. Double tape everything. Then, you want to sand the gasket down. Essentially, your gently sanding off the oxidized top layer of the protective coating that is flaking / peeling off the gasket. I think I used 80 grit than 200 grit papers - or similar.

    After you are done - use a finer grit of sand paper to smooth it out. You will be left a clean new gasket surface. You now need to protect this surface with something.

    I recommend cleaning it now with Tuff Shine Tire Cleaner and protecting it with CarPro DLux.

    I did mine about 2 years ago. Mine was much worse than yours. Still looks great today.


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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    What Ronkh said plus I clean with IPA and my favorite is Griot`s Garage Rubber Cleaner

    but I also like gummi fledge ...
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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Looks to me like the rubber is deteriorating, not dirty.

    What kind of car?

    APC or alcohol for cleaning.

    Gummi Pfledge for rejuvenating.

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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarque View Post
    What Ronkh said plus I clean with IPA and my favorite is Griot`s Garage Rubber Cleaner

    but I also like gummi fledge ...
    Note that the following is not a slam at LeMarque....

    Rather than the GG Rubber Cleaner, I recommend their Rubber Prep. MUCH better for this and even better than IPA.. Then I might coat with a "trim and rubber coating" like Sonus UTTG+. Whether I bother coating or not, I usually maintain with ValuGard`s FastFinish, reserving my 1Z Gummi Fledge (and the superior Wurth version) sor stuff like door seals. And yeah, that FastFinish might be "just a QD" but it works like a charm for me even on the *seriously* deteriorated rubber on the Tahoe (worse than in those pics, by far).

    Rather than sanding it like SwanicYouth did (not at all being critical of that!) I abrade really bad rubber with Hi-Temp "357" (AKA Heavy Cut Leveler) from Top of the Line. Oddly enough, that particular compound just works *GREAT* for this specific application. Gee, who woulda thunk it?
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    rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Just an FYI for Gummi Pfledge. I talked to someone at 1Z (can`t remember who or when) and they told me its primarily for door seals and doesn`t really have a lot of UV protection.

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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Note that the following is not a slam at LeMarque....

    DARN !

    I haven`t participated in a knock down drag out Flame in while.

    Maybe next time ... ;-)
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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swanicyouth View Post
    Just an FYI for Gummi Pfledge. I talked to someone at 1Z (can`t remember who or when) and they told me its primarily for door seals and doesn`t really have a lot of UV protection.
    ok, i`ll shut up now
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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronkh View Post
    ok, i`ll shut up now
    No. That`s OK Ron. I used to use it as well. Now I use DLux and it holds up great. But, you could even use 303 -just apply frequently.
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    Re: rubber seal trim around glass ?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarque View Post
    DARN !

    I haven`t participated in a knock down drag out Flame in while.

    Maybe next time ... ;-)
    Heh heh, probably not as we seem to be on the same page most of the time

 

 
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