Door Glass/Weatherstripping Adhesive

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Door Glass/Weatherstripping Adhesive

Post by GeeWhat57? » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:34 pm

We are finally putting the regulator, glass, etc. back in the doors. Between the stainless steel channel on the glass and the glass is Part No. 21478B Door Glass Upper Retainer Strip. It seems to me the strip should be glued to the glass and to the channel. The Trim and Sealer Manual does not offer any advice that I have found. Any help? The car is a 1957. Thank you.
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Re: Door Glass/Weatherstripping Adhesive

Post by voltron » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:43 am

I'm at the same point and am told by the vendor to soak the retainer strip in oil and then install it. I am still baffled by this?????

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Re: Door Glass/Weatherstripping Adhesive

Post by apines » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:25 am

I just did this on my '66. Do NOT use adhesive, if it's not perfect the first time or if you ever need to re-do it it'll be a headache. The setting tape is supposed to wedge in there, filling the gap and holding it together with friction. The tape contacts the chrome and glass over a lot of surface area so assuming it's the right thickness tape and everything fits correctly it will hold it tight.

I found this video to be helpful:

Note that in the video he suggests kerosene, not oil, but same idea.
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