Window Belt Molding Repair

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    I have outside rubber issues on my 2007 prius. First the hatch release cover turned to goo and now all of my belt moldings are shot.

    Call me cheap, but after replacing the driver's molding for $35, I decided to refuse to pay over $40 for each of the other moldings. I hate to replace something that has never failed on any other car I have owned. I am going to attempt a DIY solution. Anyone else try this with success?
     
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    What kind of solution are you thinking of?

    As for rubber for rear hatch release, the road crud seems to have a negative effect on that material, a known problem. Not sure what your concern is with belt moldings? Any type of armor all or similar project should keep that stuff looking brand new. Is it possible you used the wrong kind of product on it that dried it out / oxidized it or something?
     
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    Easy & cheap fix for the hatch release cover:

    It does require taking the inside panels off the hatch and removing the garnish to properly install, but it's not hard to do.

    The window moldings do seem a little over priced, but they only take about two minutes each to replace.

    It's not so much the looks. It's that the felt part comes off and that make black goo streaks on the glass. I've had to replace three of them so far.
     
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    I did find that same hatch button cover. Dealer should sell it rather than the entire assembly.

    My belt molding dried up and cracked between the window scraper part and the casing that fits onto the door. Hard to describe. I can post pictures tonight. I was going to try and replace that rubber window scraper part of the belt molding.

    Where the molding contacts the glass, there is that felt surface. Not sure how to duplicate that.

    I agree that it might still be one piece had I applied silicone or some other sealer. Never did. Previous owner never did. Probably never did to any of my cars and this is the first failure like this. I appreciate that the "important" things on the car Toyota got right.
     
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    Excellent example of how cleaning and detailing a car is so much more essential to proper long term maintenance than people realize...
     
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    I can't agree. I think there are very few people that really care for their cars like you do. That's not saying you are wasting your time. Its great.

    I believe that Toyota dropped the ball every now and then on their rubber compounds. The felt on the back of the belt molding should not come off in Tampa, Fl. How about that hatch switch cover. Hardly sees daylight and yet it turns to goo. Those belt moldings shouldn't crack off in 10 years... even on back windows that recieve almost no use. Toyota is more to blame here than me or the previous owners.
    "The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Toyota Motor Corporation"
     
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    Yea... Living in Florida is different than living in the PNW, as well... Up here it's so often cloudy and so many places are super shady and tree debris causing car damage up here is a way bigger issue than UV damage. I've never once seen that problem with the felt on any of the cars I've worked ever, but cabin air filters getting clogged and vent servos failing from too much tree debris, it's been a problem with every car I've owned no matter how clean I keep 'em.
     
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    I bought a used 2007 last year with the same problem. I am guessing it might be because my 190k Prius had a long life in Arizona and Texas before it came to me, but I really have no idea.

    What I did was to keep going to local junkyards - eventually I found enough that had not deteriorated and swapped them into mine. It was a bit fiddly to get them out, I cracked some of the little tab things that hold them down into the door channel.

    Interesting that I also had an extremely gooey melty case of the trunk switch, took me a few hours to fully clean/repair that.
     
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    I wish everyone in the Gen2 forum was this sensible...
     
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    well... it did take me about 5 trips over the course of several months... maybe not the easiest way to save $100 but i enjoy the junkyard experience.
     
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    Well. I thought of that too but at the local u pull it yards here it is kind of hard to get the window down with no keys or battery. They also understandably don’t want you to pull a 5$ parts off what might be a $100 door. All that said you have my respect for getting them off in one piece. I removed one and eventually turned to pliers for help

    Just to be clear. There are issues with their rubber. I saw some 2004s with good seals. I bet they didn’t moisturize their seals any more than I did

    Oh and I agree. Nothing better than a walk in the scrap yard
     
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