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New Project-Weatherstripping styles available...

I have a new project going on right now. I'm designing an enclosed system which will be attached outside a vehicle for advertising purposes. I've gotten mostly everything thought out except for the sealing issues. The internals of the box cannot get wet, and the box will be able to be opened as well. So, there are two sections of the box, one that will be stationary and one that will have a hinge and latches to open. I'm trying to determine if my system will even seal, and if so if there are any forms of weatherstripping which I can apply to keep the water out. Here is a picture of what I'm talking about. Any suggestions on types of weatherstripping (whether I need it on both boxes), or whether or not my setup won't seal at all would be appreciated. Thanks!

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I don't have a specific alternative to offer up but J.C. Whitney (of all places) has a pretty decent selection of weather striping types and styles. Should give you some ideas as to what will work. You may have to order up a catalog to see them all...but here's a place to start.
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Well.........we in the Sign Business have been building sign cabinets for a long time, which are illuminated, and stand out in the rain,sleet and snow, 24/7 year after year, so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
To be honest, I don't recall ever having to weatherstrip one. The kind of overlap we use on the frames does not let much water in, and ALLLLLLLL outdoor electric signs have vents in the bottom so moisture can drain. They also have other vents to allow for cooling ventilation.
I don't now if you are going to illuminate your deal or not. If NOT there are plenty of plain old "Directory" style deals that just hold the artwork "ads" and keep out the elements.
These usually use extruded aluminum frames, the have an interlocking set of grooves, and there is a round rubber "gasket" in the groove to to make the seal.
Do some Googling....try extrusion, and display should be able to steel.....I mean glean some ideas from there.
I will also say I have NEVER seen a cabinet that had the extras of the gas shocks.....we just open it and change the stuff.
The other thing is we usually always put the hinge at the top....that way gravity helps keep it closed even if some dummy leaves it unlatched. If you MUST have a brace to hold the frame, there are cheaper ways to do it too.
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wow, well i guess you know more about me on the same subject im trying to figure out. I'm building a sign system for a school project, it will have a scrolling mechanism inside for various ads. It will also incorporate a flourescent bulb for lighting. Reason that I'd like it to seal is to keep the controller and motors from getting wet, I believe that the water will affect these components. The gas shocks are in there to open the hatch and allow for changing signs. Perhaps I'm trying to reinvent the wheel???

I was trying to find some preexisting boxes, but I'm not sure that I can find the size of 4'x4', and the depth to house the components. This is why I was planning on bending my own sheet metal to make the boxes. I was initially going to put the glass display inside of the stationary box (as you describe), but with opening I thought I'd have some interferences. Do you know of any resources on designing these opening hatches, or perhaps just an illustrative assembly drawing of such a system?

On top of this, I have to turn in my CAD work for the complete design, which is why I'd like to design it on my own. But I'm not all that familiar with the structure and design of opening hatches, with the incorporation of the sealing system. This is why I didn't know if my idea of butting up the two boxes would seal. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I love learning but theres only so much one can figure out on their own! Thanks!
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