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leaking t-top tip/fix

Post questions and answers about various interior related topics. Seat problems? Seat Belts, carpeting... Etc

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i got this from a friend who has t-tops. putting vaseline on the weather stripping where the t-tops go. i doubted this at first, kinda laughed when i first heard it. well last night i put some on the t-tops becuase it was suppose to rain today(which it did) ....and no kidding, it actually worked. grant you i had minor leaks, but my interior is now bone dry.
Give it a try, it worked for me.
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I hope it doesn`t eat away at the rubber.
 

 
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I use the Gm Goodwrench Dielectric silicone grease on mine Part number
(PN 12345579)
No leaks so far , I dont know if 3rd gen cars weather stripping has drain holes but all the 4th gen cars do
And their built right into the weather stripping i test mine for blocked up every so often with a pitcher of water with the t-tops off to make sure they drain properly
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im thinkin about taking mine off just using a big glob of silicone and putting the old weatherstripping back on , how do ya like me now :lol:
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ins0mnia24 wrote:
I use the Gm Goodwrench Dielectric silicone grease on mine Part number
(PN 12345579)


That is the correct way to do it, although I'm sure many mild petroleum base things like vaseline do just as well. All you're really doing is sealing the rubber against the elements.
 

 
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Vasoline is a temporary fix....It also works well on refrigeraters where the seal is coming loose. All it does is help reseal the weatherstripping to the glass. And because it is waterproof the seal will hold pretty well. UNLESS you have a terrential downpour. Just make sure you check it every once in a while, it thins out.
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MyApethy29 wrote:
Vasoline is a temporary fix....It also works well on refrigeraters where the seal is coming loose. All it does is help reseal the weatherstripping to the glass. And because it is waterproof the seal will hold pretty well. UNLESS you have a terrential downpour. Just make sure you check it every once in a while, it thins out.


yeah, thats pretty much what i'm going to do until i can afford to buy new weather stripping. it's a good temp fix.
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blizzard459 wrote:
yeah, thats pretty much what i'm going to do until i can afford to buy new weather stripping. it's a good temp fix.


Your right. It does work. Later after you get new weather stripping, switch to the GM silicone emulsion (or equivalent) for the long term care.
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IrocTopless wrote:
blizzard459 wrote:
yeah, thats pretty much what i'm going to do until i can afford to buy new weather stripping. it's a good temp fix.


Your right. It does work. Later after you get new weather stripping, switch to the GM silicone emulsion (or equivalent) for the long term care.


Does the silicone emulsion leave a film on the windows when you take the windows off to drive around when the weather gets good? And do you clean off the silicone emulsion after the rain go away until next season?

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It's not like vaseline, it's not greasy or oily.
It's not like silicone caulking used around the house, it's not sticky or gooey.
It's more like a paste. You can apply it just with your fingers. You rub it it to the weatherstripping and it's almost like it's absorbed. Kind'a like sunscreen on your skin.
After it's worked in (you can see the improved difference quite easily) just wipe off any access that might have got on the glass or paint.
You shouldn't have any problem with a film on your windows. And it has a pretty good durability. Even with the odd rain, you'll probably need to do it only a few times the whole year.

Hope that answers your question. :)
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IrocTopless wrote:
It's not like vaseline, it's not greasy or oily.
It's not like silicone caulking used around the house, it's not sticky or gooey.
It's more like a paste. You can apply it just with your fingers. You rub it it to the weatherstripping and it's almost like it's absorbed. Kind'a like sunscreen on your skin.
After it's worked in (you can see the improved difference quite easily) just wipe off any access that might have got on the glass or paint.
You shouldn't have any problem with a film on your windows. And it has a pretty good durability. Even with the odd rain, you'll probably need to do it only a few times the whole year.

Hope that answers your question. :)


Thanks IrocTopless for the answer to my question! :? Sounds like I'm going to get a tube to use after I replace the weather stripping on my Z28. It's hasn't leaked since I drove my Z28 off the Chevy dealers lot back in '87, but I want to restore the car and keep it in tip top shape! :wink:
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Wow! 8O
- Original owner.
- Camaro getting restored.

Lucky car! :thumbup: That's awesome. :)
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IrocTopless wrote:
Wow! 8O
- Original owner.
- Camaro getting restored.

Lucky car! :thumbup: That's awesome. :)


Yup! Original owner! I have a gunmetal gray Z28 and the only thing I hated about it was the red interior (was the last Z28 on the lot at the time and they didn't have any IROC's)! :cry: I haven't driven in much the past five years but I decided to change the interior to black and gray! :) So while I'm at it, I'm going to replace all the weather stripping and have it repainted too! Then it'll become my weekend cruiser and fun car (it's always been a fun car!) :wink:

That's why I'm came to this board. To learn more stuff to better restore my car with! :lol:
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I have a 84 Z-28. My T-Tops leak where the front left cornors meet the glass. I've replaced the gaskets and it improved the matter for 6 months but leaked thereafter. Any suggestions? Thanks.

So, if I understand you, CORMOR, you replaced the gaskets on the T-Tops themselves w/ door tape? If true, that appears to be an interesting and easy fix. Thanks. good luck
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When I got my camaro it had crappy seals on the tops themselves. I replaced these with the thick foam tape you would use to seal doors bought at home depot. Used to leave a puddle in the pass back seat floor pan. Now its dry as a bone.
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