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offthewallace Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:40 am

I would second the advice for 303 Aerospace Protectant. I use it on just about everything rubber, including the latex seals on my dry suit. Expensive but it works. It won't restore badly cracked or torn material but will bring back rubber that has dried out and probably provides the best UV protection vs other products.

One concern regarding vegetable oil would be attracting mice, rats etc, or even bears depending on where you are camping or storing your Van...

RCB Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:47 am

TK, if the rubber is as cracked as the Serengeti and or shrunk beyond belief than obviously its best to replace it Baby oil works wonders on the rubber trim on my Westy, as well as the dash. I bought a new sliding door seal from VW a few years ago because parts were getting hard to find. I havent used it yet but my 26 year old seal is just as pliable as the new one is and Ive been applying baby oil to all the seals for years and years. It doesent leak either.All my seals ,interior as well as exterior look brand new.....no leaks either. If it works for me, can you think of any reason why it wouldnt work for someone else?? Maybe you should give it a try......... another thing, did you know that frequent applications of Furniture Polish to after market hub caps and bumpers creates a nearly rust free finish as well as a beautiful shine? Its the silicone thats in those "types" of polishes that works wonders. It works for me, can you think of any reason that it wouldnt work for others?

riceye Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:00 am

RCB wrote: It works for me, can you think of any reason that it wouldnt work for others?

RCB Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:20 am

Hey riceye, Can you elaborate on the correlation between my posting and your reply to it ? I didnt open the link due to past issues with YouTube.

riceye Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:46 am

That's the "as seen on tv" good ole boy Billy Mays! The youtube link is an amusing outtake of him.

Your comment sounded like one of his ad claims, that's all. No offense intended, RCB.

Baby oil does work well on weatherstripping, as does silicone spray. The trick is applying it often enough, without overapplying.

riceye Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:48 pm

riceye wrote: RCB wrote: It works for me, can you think of any reason that it wouldnt work for others?


Edit-To clarify my point:
Billy Mays' statement in this clip is simply "You don't need a cabinet full of cleaners", to which I agree wholeheartedly. There are dozens of products out there that will improve the look and feel of the weatherstripping (although none will bring it back from dead). None seem to work any better than baby oil or silicone spray.

You don't need a cabinet full of stuff, if one or two products will handle most of the jobs.

Hope that helps you out, Marie!



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