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Door, hood, trunk rubber weather strip protection

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubles' started by rrg, Oct 4, 2011.

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  1. rrg

    rrg Member

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    One of the first things I did beside washing was to use rubber protection on all rubber trim door, hood gaskets. The car sits outside. No usable garage.

    In northern NJ I have friends who always complain about frozen doors in winter. When I use Gummi Pfledge rubber protection the doors never stick or dry out over time and the rubber stays elastic. My old car with 210,000 never had a problem outside. The only problem I notice is that it does attract dust easy. The BMW guys really love this stuff on the forum I found it on.

    By the way the skinny rubber strip between the lower hatch glass and the car body seemed very gray and dry (take a look) until I applied this stuff. Now it's black and soft again.

    Oh by the way I also use 303 protectant but this stuff last longer for outside IMO.

    Clay bar and waxing is next as soon as the weather gets above 50deg.
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    I used Einszett Gummi Pfledge on the door seals of my last car (BMW 545i) to alleviate a well-know squeaking issue on those cars.

    303 Protectant is also great--have used it on tire sidewalls and other exterior rubber for a long time.
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    phoenixgreg Senior member

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    +1 on the 303 and it can be used for other applications around the house too. I have a new front door made of some type of plastic that has the appearance of wood in both color and grain. I use 303 to protect it from direct afternoon sun.
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    One thing to do periodically with the gasket around the hatch opening: starting at the top/centre, pull it up and off the lip (it's just attached by friction) and have a look under. If you get any amount of rain you'll likely find some slimey grunge under there.
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  6. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Senior Member

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    ^ You're making my response sound kinda clinical too, LOL.
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    I was gonna rsp re yours too - but this is a G-rated site.

    Well most times anyway...
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