Weatherstripping - can’t be this hard.

DB87442

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I finished installing new t-top and door seals today and I’m not pleased at all with how it turned out. The t-tops fit really tight, which I expected as I know the seals will need to conform some, but it seems too tight to me. Also I had to mess around a lot to get get the front part of the seal to not come up above the roof line, hoping the adhesive holds them in place so it’s flush. Also, when I put the tops back in there is a gap between the strip on the pillers and the top seal. On the doors, they won‘t shut all unless you slam the hell out of them. The seals at the front of the doors and a pillar are smashing together. I can’t see where they can be adjusted any, the pins are in the correct locations. I used Metro Molded Supersoft seals. Seems like a pretty straight forward process, did I install them wrong?? Just not a good brand of seals? Here are some pics.
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Aftermarket weatherstripping is often not molded correctly and lacks molded reinforcement plates the OEMs had. Only NOS GM seals fit 100% correct. The aftermarket often has lackluster quality.
 
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G-Body NY

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Aftermarket weatherstripping is often not molded correctly and lacks molded reinforcement plates the OEMs had. Only NOS GM seals fit 100% correct. The aftermarket often has lackluster quality.
This^^^. It helps to install these in warm weather by laying them in the sun prior to installation. It also helps to use a heat gun to help form them to the proper shape as you install. I would latch all doors, trunk, T-tops etc and close them and let the car sit for at least a few days.
 
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DB87442

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Sound like I did everything right except the time of year. Do you think I need to use a heat gun to soften them up before closing everything up or just close it and let it sit? Thinking that using a heat gun might help them mold into shape easier when the doors get closed
 

G-Body NY

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Jan 17, 2022
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Sound like I did everything right except the time of year. Do you think I need to use a heat gun to soften them up before closing everything up or just close it and let it sit? Thinking that using a heat gun might help them mold into shape easier when the doors get closed
I would use a heat gun or other means to just warm them up as is while they are in place and then just close everything for a few days at minimum. Just be careful with what you use as you could melt/burn them easily.
 
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