New Roof Weather Seal...Too Thick

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  1. GoldenOne7710

    GoldenOne7710 Equal Opportunity Offender Lifetime Gold Member

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    I installed this Metro roof/door seal back in August. Doors were extremely tight and difficult to close...but I got them closed and they've been closed since Aug 31st. A couple of weekends ago, the painter goes over to do the final adjustment on the door glass, door striker, etc.

    This end portion of the roof seal is extremely thick and it is what is giving the most resistance of allowing the doors to shut.
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    The glass is adjusted as far back as they can safety be without hitting the trim at the rear of the door jam.
     
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    GoldenOne7710 Equal Opportunity Offender Lifetime Gold Member

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    Here are the orginal GM seals I took off. They are MUCH thinner at the specific contact point.
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    So what would be the easiest remedy for this? Remove some of the material on the underside? Apply heat while in the closed position to "force" it to take shape? Parking out side in the sun isn't an option at this point.
     
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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That’s aftermarket crap for ya. I guess no one can do it right. Here is mine I bought from GM in 1985 for my 70 Z28.
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    Soff seal...give the a try or Steele
     
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    I used Metro. They were to thick at the front end as you described but I used a curved wood shape tool to remove material. The windows finally rolled all the up for a tight fit along the top
     
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    Soffseal on top, Metro on bottom is the only thing that worked for me. The replacement GM weatherstrip isn’t good anymore either, if you can even find it.
     
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    I did some digging and see where you've said this before. If I have to buy Soffseal anyway, I may try to remove some material on the underside (that isn't seen) to attempt a better fit before I buy anything else. If I screw it up...I would have to replace it regardless. If it works...it works...and saves me $$$$.
     
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    Nothing wrong with that plan. Metro looks really good up top so if you can trim it to fit it’s worth a try. I will say though, it’s tough to trim rubber seal if you use sandpaper or other abrasives. A knife works well, but it’s easy to over trim. Give it a try and let us know how you make out. Hoping it solves the problem for you.
     
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