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Vespagetti
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:09 am    Post subject: How did you deal with your window seal rust? Reply with quote

I have a couple of bubbles and a perforation along the window seals. What's the best way to deal with this? I'm pretty good when it comes to body work but I'm reluctant to undertake this. Do I have to pull the windows off? Should I just leave it to the pro? If let the shop do it, I guess I might as well do a complete paint job....

Any input appreciated...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been here?

http://homepage.mac.com/ratwell/78_Westy/PhotoAlbum35.html

It will give you an idea....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Randy in Maine wrote:
Been here?

http://homepage.mac.com/ratwell/78_Westy/PhotoAlbum35.html

It will give you an idea....


Great link, thanks! I just have to find some how to's....looks way beyond what I can do though:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello
well you got the problem to ?. this is whst i did,with some sucsses. not great but good.
i first taped along the seal ,then i took a strong plastic knife and lifted on the seal held it up, sanded it down with a drummel tool, and then filled with bondo very small amount then moved on to the nexted spot till i was done painted it my self so so not bad better. take your time lots of time . good luck
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PULL THE GLASS . SAND AND CLEAN THAN POR 15 THAN BONDO , PRIME ANDS PAINT. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

POR makes a filler like Bondo but better. I believe bondo will absorb moisture.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bondo must be sealed,it can wick moisture. Pull the window.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vespagati, i'm in the same boat you are except the rust spot in the lower corner of the passenger side windshield has decided to give way. Just as the rains move in to the Pacific NW and shroud us in moisture for the next 8 months. I bought some clear sealant stuff the other day which was not very effective so I'm calling body shops this week as I'm in no position to do the work myself. I've got a nice size puddle on the floorboard which is not good.

Not trying to hijack your thread but can anyone out there in Samba Land recommend a body shop in Portland, OR with experience with VW Westy's?? I've come up with a short list of establishments but that's just browsing this site and the yellow pages. Any input would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fiberglass embeded filler by evercoat does not wick water and is water proof works well with Por15.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've dealt with this sort of stuff for decades. The repair depends on a few things. For minor stuff go the POR15 route and lift the seal. But it depends. If it is worse under the seal, you may need to pull the window and do more work.

You're in San Diego, me too. Let me see it. This weather we are having for the next days is perfect to fix this. But, it depends. If real bad, you may need to go to a body shop.

Sometimes I have ended up painting the whole front of the van, if it is bad.

You need to do this right or you will have problems again later. Most likel worse.

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