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Old 11-14-2001, 03:15 AM
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Lightbulb Repairing Weather Stripping...

To fix superficial surface cracks as well as small gaps in the weather stripping I have used "black rubber sealant " by PermaTex (it comes in an orange tube). It is a fairly low viscosity goop that has a fast dissipating solvent so that it dries fairly quickly. It sticks to rubber (obviously) and what remains is very soft & pliable, which makes it excellent for this use. Do not confuse this with silicone sealant.

The best "tool" to use is your finger -- I just use some disposable nitrile gloves. Where the weather stripping is cracking on the surface, put a small blob of this stuff on your finger and rub it into the surface. You'll need to work quickly as this stuff does dry fast; try to leave as smooth of a surface as possible when you first smear it on. For small gaps, you can build up a few coats and form it with each successive buildup. This method works surprisingly well.

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