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:
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.