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Installing a Glass Weatherstrip the Easy Way

A glass weatherstrip helps in keeping the door of your car tightly shut. It improves the seal between the door frame and the door itself when it is closed. It also prevents moisture, air, and water from getting inside your vehicle. Overtime, this component cracks and breaks. When it requires replacement, you need to do it right away, especially before rainy or winter season comes. Here's a step-by-step procedure that we've prepared to help you do the installation without the help from a mechanic. Don't worry for this is very easy.

Require skill level: Intermediate

Tools and materials you'll need:

  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Degreasing agent
  • Rag
  • Vise grip
  • Putty knife
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Container
  • Preparing the car

    Prepping up the car requires the removal of the existing glass weatherstrip. On each door, pull out the old strip using a needle-nosed pliers or a vise grip. Once it's out, scrape off the adhesive or glue residue in all sides and corners of the door using a flat-head screwdriver or a putty knife. Dispose the old components properly.

    Getting the correct measurement of the weatherstrip

    Lay the entire weatherstripping. Use it to outline the corners and edges of the car's door frames to measure the exact length that you will need. Cut the strip according the measurements you've made.

    Applying the adhesive

    Read the instructions on how to apply the adhesive that you have bought and strictly follow them. Put the right amount of adhesive to the sides of the door frame. Do not apply too much glue to avoid a messy install. The glue might also spread to other components, so you better be careful.

    Laying the glass weatherstrip

    Lay the weatherstrip along the contours of the door frame. Press it firmly to the adhesive to make sure that it sticks properly. If you notice that the strip if falling off the seating, add some more adhesive. Wait for a few minutes to let the adhesive set and dry. Follow the required time written on the glue bottle.

    Fastening the weatherstip clips

    Attach the clips/fasteners to the weatherstripping. Push them tightly to ensure proper sealing. Close your car doors and leave it shut for a while to let the strip settle.

    Glass Weatherstrip Articles

    • APA/URO or OE Aftermarket: Which Glass Weatherstrip will Seal the Deal?

      A solid and reliable glass weatherstrip should guarantee a tight seal between the glass and the body. It shouldn't let air, rain, dust, and snow penetrate the gaps and enter the passenger cabin. APA/uRO Parts and OE Aftermarket claim to offer high-quality products that get the job done. We installed and compared each company's brand-new, glass weatherstrip to two of our 1989 Porsche 911 Carreras. Here are the things we discovered..

      Price of product

      The first thing we looked at was how much each item cost us. For the same replacement part, APA/uRO's seal was sold at about $50. The one from OE Aftermarket was sold for almost twice the price at 95$. These amounts certainly played a factor on our purchase. For the budget-conscious, it's better to go for the cheaper one.

      WINNER: APA/uRO Parts

      Quality and confidence

      Both glass weatherstrips appeared to perform equally well. As a replacement part, it really felt like we had original weatherstrips installed to our cars. Both kept a good and solid seal. There wasn't any leak of any kind. Water and air didn't get in, and cool air inside didn't get out. It has been a while since these were installed, and there are still no signs of shrinking and cracking.

      WINNER: APA/URO Parts and OE Aftermarket

      After-sales support

      There is a big and glaring difference regarding the after-sales support of each item. As far as a warranty goes, APA/uRO's seal didn't have one. OE Aftermarket however had a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty for protection against defective products.

      WINNER: OE Aftermarket

      The verdict

      In terms of performance-which was the critical factor-both backed their brand's claims of being a high-quality product. The big considerations here were the price difference and warranty. Our take, we realized it was better to go with the APA/uRO glass weatherstrip. Never mind that it didn't come with a warranty-it appears it's unnecessary. We even saw its lack of a warranty as a sign of confidence from the company. Why give one if it's guaranteed not to prematurely break? Low cost, durable, and effective, it clearly had enough advantages over the competition.