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Old 07-17-2016, 06:26 PM
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Full doors with odd additions

So I bought these hard steel doors.

They arrived and I am on the fence about them.

First off there is a little bit more rust than was described to me on eBay.

The other issues can be seen in the pics.
First.
Inside there is on both doors, an installed piece of black tar roofing paper.
Not sure what this is. I am it sure if it is hiding something or was put there for sound proofing. Any ideas here would be appreciated. Is this a trick used to cover rust?

Second.
See the other pics. Who ever had them before used some sort of glue or gasket cemet to secure the door weather stripping. It's black and pretty hard to remove, not sure if acetone might take it off.

Third.
On the edge of the doors are what looks like some body shop paste that is used to cover over the seams of the sheet metal. See the pic with the snip nosed pliers pointing to it. It's semi hard and soft enough to cut with a razor. Looks like they paint d right over it. I wish somebody would chime in and tell me what this stuff is?
The only really amazing thing about these doors are that they do not have the typical stress crack near the Windows. They Need a little bit more fixing than I thought.

I have dismantled lots of old full doors, and I have never seen these types of additions, has anyone here seen any thing like this?
What do you guys think?
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The gasket cement/stick black tar stuff was on my gasket/ weather seal too. I think the factory used it to help hold the stripping a little better. The picture for the third issue isn't showing up for me. Do you have a full picture of the doors?

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For some reason I can only get two pics up at a time

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The cement used on the weather stripping sure did not look like it was applied at the factory, way too messy and smeared everywhere. You think acetone I'll take this off?

It's really the glued on tar paper, that's got me perplexed. Never seen this
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I suspect the tar paper was to stop a rattle or something similar. The cement came off with a little WD-40 on a paper towel for me.
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That glued on tar paper was probably put on at the factory. As a bodyman, I would find this material on the inside of door panels quite often. I wouldn't be concerned.

The semi rigid material may be factory or aftermarket seam sealer.

The black weatherstrip adhesive is for sure aftermarket.

If you decide to keep the doors, I suggest that you have the outer panel and the outside of the door frame, media blasted. I don't see any need to have the inside of the door shell media blasted. That will remove any paint and weatherstrip material and (I would expect) most of the semi-rigid seam sealer. It should also take care of any surface rust.
It will also expose any heavier rust or prior repairs so that you can repair any rust or dings to your satisfaction prior to painting.

Make sure to fit the doors prior to painting so that you don't have an unsightly paint edge if you have to adjust the hinges. I would remove the hinges prior to having the doors media blasted and have them blasted separately.

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