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Restoring Window rubber Gaskets

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My 37 Dodge coupe rear quarter window gaskets are hard from age. Is there way to make them soft and plyable???

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I'm told soaking in vinegar will soften them up
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Years ago, I restored a Corvette. At the time, there wasn't all the re-pop stuff available. I had to find a way to make the rubber seals around the turn signals, etc pliable. With age, they turned into brittle cardboard. I soaked the gaskets in Armor All in jars for a couple of weeks. It worked and the parts were pliable and usable again.

Never heard of the vinegar trick, but worth a try. Its got to be a lot cheaper than Armor All
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That is a neat trick, I am going to be using that. I don't like Amoral on my car, I HATE the stuff. But if that is something that can restore the rubber a little I may just use that soaking trick.

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Silicone Spray Lubricant

I've had good results with silicone spray lubricant. The rubber soaks up the stuff.olnolan
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I've had really good luck with these guys. Give them a call and see if they can help.

http://www.restorationspecialties.com/
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That is a neat trick, I am going to be using that. I don't like Amoral on my car, I HATE the stuff. But if that is something that can restore the rubber a little I may just use that soaking trick.

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Yeah, I don't use the stuff at all these days, but back in the mid 70s, I was in a bind, and it was a last resort type of thing.
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Yeah, I don't use the stuff at all these days, but back in the mid 70s, I was in a bind, and it was a last resort type of thing.
If I recall, armor all was quality back then, but with economics, the mixture changed along the way. Nowadays armor-all does more damage than good. Cracking tires and upholstery... nothing like shiny cracked tires to brighten up your ride.
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I've had good results with silicone spray lubricant. The rubber soaks up the stuff.olnolan
That is really al ArmorAll is.

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I don't like Amoral on my car, I HATE the stuff. But if that is something that can restore the rubber a little I may just use that soaking trick.
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Brian, I don't know anyone who has anything to do with paint & body work who likes the stuff. I hate it also, and anything with silicone in it.

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Oh hell yes I hate the stuff. But if I can use it to save something like the window gaskets on my Rambler which is made of "unabtainable" I may just carefully use it. I am not painting in my garage so what the heck I can see using it on something that is already painted.

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If I recall, armor all was quality back then, but with economics, the mixture changed along the way. Nowadays armor-all does more damage than good. Cracking tires and upholstery... nothing like shiny cracked tires to brighten up your ride.
I don't know what it was then or what it is now. It may very well have been silicone. All I know is that I was out of options. The rubber gaskets soaked the stuff up and brought life back to them.
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Brushing rubber with a sand blaster will "freshen" it up if not brittle too.
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That makes me go Hmmmmmmmmm, interesting and makes sense.

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