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Old 07-20-2007, 09:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Restoring window trim, rubber seals, etc - The "fun" stuff

Greetings SR20 community. I'm a long time B13 owner of the GA16 variety and enjoy my mildly fettered-with car just as much as any of the turboed SR20 folks in here.

Next spring ('08) I hit 10 years of owning my 93 SE 2dr. It's lived in Alaska, Florida, and now in N. Carolina. (2 extreme climates within that one sentence!) I've come to the crossroads that every automobile owner hits after a certain amount of time - keep it, or sell it. I'm not here to ask opinions either way, but instead am investigating some long term must-do's if I plan on keeping the car. (Personally, I can't see selling it for $1000 - or less - and deal with the emotional toll of losing a good ol friend.) I don't care about the impracticalities in "investing" money into my car, 'cause let's face it, it's a hobby. Driveway space and a car payment for a new Nissan will most certainly challenge my feelings on keeping it.

That being said, one major thing I want to begin doing is an exterior refresh. The headlights are dry cracked and the corners accumulating moisture - new Tsuru's on the way. I have a brand new bumper in my garage (have had it for 3 or 4 years now) that will be installed with a fresh paint coat and multiple ding removals. The car just got new tires and I plan on repainting the B14 SE-R rims with some automotive paint.

The last item I have no clue on how to repair or renew is the window trim. I'm talking about the plastic runners at the exterior base of the driver/passenger windows, rubber trim that goes around all windows, and other misc. rubber and metal trim. People restore cars in America every day and they are getting their parts and pieces from somewhere. Has anyone used any type of 3rd party kit to redo the window trim? Will that require a professional installer to remove the windows and reseal? Should I just let them rot out and replace them when I get leaks?

Sorry for the long history, but I don't post here (or any Nissan forum) much anymore and wanted to reintroduce myself as a non-newbie. I go way back to the early Sentra.net forums when I was "AKAFA1C" circa spring of 2000. That might ring a bell with a few. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can get new rubber from GregV he orders it from Mexico. Also the rear windows trim....is attached to the rear windows. You have to get new windows. You can get new glass with trim from GregV as well...even will say hecho in mexico on them. The front door rubber is pretty easy to replace. take glass out and just pull on it, it will come out. press in the new stuff take your time working it into corners and such. id recomend leaving it out in the hot sun for a while to make it soft.

rear windows. take out rear interior panels. there is 4 or 5 nuts back there, take them off. gently press on the windows. if they have never been removed its pretty easy to get out. if they have, like on louis' car we replaced before the convention, its a pain and you will break them. its just the same goop they put around the taillights. use some black rtv or 3m window weld around the window where you see the stock stuff. clean up the stock goop on the car and lay down new. lightly tighten the nuts...and put everything back together.

its not hard. just expensive. the trim and windows i think are 500-1000 dollars. so you better want to do it. id recomend paiting car while trim is off if you are going to even think about paint. its easier and gives a better look. so if your plans is a refresh...pull old, repaint...replace
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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and as for the front and rear windows....its a pain to get off so it gets damaged. you can get new if you want. but its some of that stuff of its easier to replace if you are replacing the glass as well. so...the front and rear wind screens....those are usualy last on the list
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if you plan on buying new rear windows and trim you should try to fix it with some body filler and paint first.....if you mess it up you didnt really loose anything

i had always planned on trying that on my last b13. tape off the window and fill the dry rotted and pitted rubber with bondo, sand it down smooth then paint with some nice satin black.
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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if you plan on buying new rear windows and trim you should try to fix it with some body filler and paint first.....if you mess it up you didnt really loose anything

i had always planned on trying that on my last b13. tape off the window and fill the dry rotted and pitted rubber with bondo, sand it down smooth then paint with some nice satin black.
Actually, after bowlcut's excellent information, I think I might take your advice before replacing everything. I dunno. It's not that I'm being cheap, but it's a bit of a long term commitment to spend that kind of money to replace seals for the aesthetics. It does help with the decision making process. Jeez, I feel like I am trying to decide whether I should spend $$$ for surgery or just put the damn animal to sleep.

I typically run some Armoral (sp?) over the rubber trim so it at least looks black for a while. Otherwise, it's grey and it makes the car look old and abandoned. The cash for rubber trim will be better spent elsewhere for now. I figure if I keep the car for the long (i.e. another 10 years if it makes it) then I'll seek to fully restore the car.

Thanks for the advice, suggestions, help, etc.
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Old 07-21-2007, 04:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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for all the normal rubber window trim that is just fading go to advance auto and buy "trim paint" made by duplicolor. will look brand new.
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