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Re: Water getting in the channels in your rear windows ?

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:42 pm
by Morganizer
Just wanted to add to this thread with a little info from my experience rejuvenating the window seals, in case it's helpful to anyone else...

Here's a clearer photo of the Silicone Emulsion. I got it at Lordco. I had to order it from the main warehouse, and then I picked it up at the store:
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Here's the makeshift contraption I made to keep the windows from shattering on the ground after I took the bolts out:
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...and I just swung the window up on the roof rack, while I was silicone-ing:
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I found it useful to tape the nuts in place, so they didn't fall out of the windows:
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Here's what all the fuss is about. You can see the wavy line where the seals have dried and don't seal anymore:
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While I was at it, I applied silicone emulsion to the door seals as well, and found a rip above the driver's door:
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And in conclusion, this solved my humidity problem. I also did the seals in the body, above the headlight, to eliminate all traces of Wet Foot Syndrome. I've made a separate post about that. But really the first and most effective remedy was the silicone emulsion around the pop-out windows.

Re: Water getting in the channels in your rear windows ?

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:18 pm
by Rattlenbang
People close their windows? I leave mine open. Ventilation, you know.

Re: Water getting in the channels in your rear windows ?

Posted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:10 pm
by Morganizer
People always park their cars in garages? I like to go out, even on rainy days. Street parking, you know. :)

Water getting in the channels in your rear windows ?

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:00 pm
by Morganizer
It turns out there was still some water getting in the side windows. This is because a previous owner (who shall remain nameless) applied window tinting film and didn't respect that the rubber seals need to contact that special, flat black material that's baked onto the edges of all the side windows. Yeah, that's been tested to seal nicely against the rubber, so when your tinting plastic crosses the rubber seals in a few places, that's where the water gets in. I'm sure no one else has this problem, but here's a few pics of me trimming the window tinting, so that it clears the seals.
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We've had some pretty stormy skies this winter, and so far no wet dog smell.

BTW that flat black stuff around the edges is really hard. I was cutting the tinting film with a knife blade, and was being careful not to scratch it, but I don't think I could. I expect that black stuff is baked on during the manufacture of the side windows, and is some kind of ceramic.