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Old 11-15-2008, 09:04 AM
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protecting/preserving rubber parts

I purchased the drip rails brand new...$$$



Is there any way of protecting those parts from the elements and UV light? Any kind of wax, vazeline, glycerin?

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Believe it or not, silicone (Armor All) is not the best thing for rubber. I worked 27 years in a synthetic rubber chemical unit and we used glycerin as an additive to the synthetic rubber. It was a modifier to make the rubber more pliable.

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Is that a Mk2 Jetta? If so, I'm getting ready to replace my drip strips as well. What removal/installation techniques are you using? I read that those drip strips can bend easy because they have a metal band inside of the rubber.
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I used a flat screwdriver to pop the rails. Be gentle (you will notice when flexing is too much and might damage something) and take your time. Start from the back.
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