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Old 09-25-2001, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default GM Silicon Weatherstrip Protector

First off, wow. I should have used this the first time I replaced ALL of my weatherstripping.

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Actually, while I was visiting my parents in Kansas I had it all replaced by the dealership...BIG MISTAKE!! I should have checked for their experience first :mad It was the absolute worst job imaginable. Besides leaking and tearing within a month (windshield/roof), the overall fit was horrible.

Anyway, I've had the actual windshield replaced (at the dealerships expense...different case) along with the weatherstripping. I bought a new top (old one warped). It came from the factory with weatherstripping.

On to the question:

Is there a better product to protect my investment than the silicon gel sold by GM?

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Old 09-25-2001, 06:49 PM   #2
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Dave,
I don't know if there is anything better. I've been using the GM product for a couple years. One tube is good for about 3 applications for me on all my weatherstrip. It's definately helped prevent deterioration. Also, it solved a minor water leak I had from the top/driver's side. I've been applying the stuff twice a year.

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Old 09-25-2001, 08:48 PM   #3
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Where can I get this stuff???? I need to take care of mine too..I am about to replace the door peices.

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Old 09-25-2001, 09:24 PM   #4
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I actually use a product manufactured by BMW. It's called Gummi Phlege. Since this is not needed on a regular basis, I apply 303 Aerospace Protectant to it between applications of the Gummi Phlege. :yesnod:
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Old 09-26-2001, 04:39 AM   #5
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I use the GM weatherstrip lubricant 1#3634770. Works well but be prepared for stickershock.
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Old 09-26-2001, 04:46 AM   #6
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sticker shock? how much is it!?
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Old 09-26-2001, 04:38 PM   #7
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1 tube, lasting approximately 3 applications, costs $64.00 from GM! :eek:

Actually, I have no idea about the cost. I used my roommates (2001 'vette :yesnod: ) They threw in 3 tubes when he picked it up from the dealership.

How much is it?
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Old 09-26-2001, 05:27 PM   #8
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From GM Parts Direct:
Part 3634770, desc: LUBRICANT Retail: $46.30 GMPartsDirect Cost $27.77

Ecklers sells some nasty stuff (Krytox) for $29.99/ 2 oz tube.

Jeff Kopp can do better I'm sure.

How big is the GM tube anyway?

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Old 09-26-2001, 05:34 PM   #9
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You can get Dupont Krytox weatherstrip protector from Ecklers for $29.99... for a 2 ounce tube! They also have a less expensive alternative that is also supposed to work well for $12.99.

I've also used fluorinated grease available from most pool supply companies they use to lubricate o-rings and such. Seems to work but you need to use it sparingly. I'm sure the Krytox stuff is better but $$$.
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Old 09-26-2001, 09:18 PM   #10
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I have a pool and bought a tube of Pool & Spa Lube from Leslie's Pool Supply for my pump o-rings, etc. WheN I saw on the label that it is "formulated with DuPont Krytox", I tried it on the WS. Works great, $4.99 for 3.5 oz (big tube). I have also used "Bulb Grease" silicon lube from Wal-Mart. $1.99 for a small tube, enough to do all of your weatherstrip.
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Old 09-26-2001, 09:25 PM   #11
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I use a silicon cream (comes in a little toothpaste like tube). it seems to work well to and is pretty cheap.
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Old 09-26-2001, 09:39 PM   #12
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I have been using the brand Standard SL-4 silicone dielectric compound on my car's for year's. It's the same stuff that you put on spark plug boot's. I guess if you go to a good auto part's store and ask for some dielectric grease that they will give you something similar. It look's kinda like Vasalene .Standard SL-4 is a-little tough to apply. But it's cheap and work's real good. A very thin coat lasts for year's. That's the hard part is to put it on real thin. Then go around and wipe any excess off. HTH
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Old 09-27-2001, 09:48 PM   #13
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Ditto FrankUrbinati, found "STANDARD" brand SL-4 silicone dielectric compound at local auto parts store 1-1/4 ounce tube very thick, goes on easy and seems to stay. Apply sparingly should get 3 to 4 applications per tube.
Can't find receipt but seems like was around $16.00 for tube.
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Old 09-27-2001, 10:42 PM   #14
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I bought the silicone dielectric grease from the GM parts desk at my local dealership last year that is recommended in the owners manual. It only cost about $12 and is good for 3-4 applications.

Some of the generic stuff at the auto parts store is not clear, but white.

I figure its better to just get the stuff that GM recommends. I do not want to let the weatherstripping deteriorate, its too expensive to replace!
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I just use the generic silicone grease I bought at the parts store. Cost under $5 for a tube that will last me the rest of my life Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 09-28-2001, 11:29 AM   #16
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Has anyone ever tried a product called KryTech? The label states the following : " Wax Lubricant. Dupont Krytox Technology. Krytox wax technology. No greasy,oily film. Parts stay totally clean." Clear, liquid form. 2 oz. bottle. Purchased at a bicycle shop for $3.75. Manufactured by Finish Line Tech., Inc. Is this very similar to Krytox? What do you guys think?
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Old 09-28-2001, 01:12 PM   #17
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I have been using the tube I bought from GM (silicon dielectric). However, I just noticed in the latest MAD catalog some weatherstrip silicone grease--three one-ounce tubes for $9.99 (Item #100-554). This is much less than what GM charges and I suppose the stuff is similar. I didn't even think about the stuff that Leslie's sells for O-rings, etc. but, come to think of it, the consistency is very similar to the GM stuff.
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