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newtodu 12-26-2009 05:17 PM

CJ Full Door Weather Stripping
I bought a full door rubber weather stripping for the driver's side. It's the one that goes all the way around the full door for a CJ. The question is this: Do I need adhesive to attach it, or just the plastic clips that are part of the rubber seal. I would think the clips would hold the bottom in place, but what holds the top part of the seal to the door. Should I use some weather stripping adhesive on the top of the door, or all the way around the door, or don't bother with the adhesive at all?
Any info much appreciated and Happy New Year!

nvestysly 12-27-2009 07:41 PM

3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive
I used 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive. It's available in yellow and black - maybe other colors too. I bought mine at NAPA and I just saw it on the shelf recently. Other auto parts probably carry the product.

I only glued the portion at the window line and above. I glued continuously all the way around the window. That leaves a non-glued portion of the gasket from the window to the first plastic clip. I did not glue between clips. Mine has been working for over 15 years.

Be careful with the 3M product. You may want to practice dispensing the material on a piece of paper or cardboard first so you can determine how much to use. A little goes a loooonnngggg way. Some people liken the 3M glue to Gorilla Snot. I don't know what Gorilla Snot might look like but you get the idea. It's messy - kinda stringy. But it works great and it's used on many applications for weatherstripping on doors, trunks, etc.

newtodu 12-28-2009 12:53 PM

Follow-up to the Adhesive
Thanks for the reply,nvestysly. Actually, the more I looked at it, the seal at the top is held in place on the door in a grove, so I wouldn't expect to put any adhesive in the top part of the door. And the bottom of the door is held in place by the clips, so maybe it only needs adhesive on both sides of the door jam. Then I took a look at the other (good) door, and it has adhesive all the way around the door. I got a reply back from the wholesaler who sold me the weatherstripping, and they said use adhesive all the way around the entire door. Yeah, you're right about the 3M can be nasty.
With the way you did it, did you ever have any problem with leaking around the door?

nvestysly 12-28-2009 08:31 PM

Never Leaked...
...At least I haven't noticed any leaks.

I see the groove you mentioned. I seem to recall my replacement gaskets were twisted (due to being coiled in a the shipping box) and did not want to stay in place in the top half of the door. I probably overkilled the situation and went with the 3M glue. You could probably warm the gasket slightly and work out the kinks if yours has that issue.

I do recall getting everything in place with the glue applied. Then I closed the door and left it close over night so everything would cure in place.

newtodu 12-30-2009 07:58 PM

Good idea
That's a good idea to put on the adhesive and leave the door shut overnight. I'll give that a try. Thanks for the post.

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