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Old 11-02-2015, 03:08 PM
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Who has the best weatherstripping? I see some people talk about Corvette Rubber, or Ecklers. Is there really any difference between the brands?

I need the rear hatch weatherstripping, as well as the door piece to stop water getting in on my knees.
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:45 PM
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I have seen folks like wilcox
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:46 PM
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DO NOT BUY IT FROM ECKLERS.

I bought the most expensive set from ecklers and within about a year now, and spot visible to sunlight is cracking and deteriorating. I contacted them over phone and never got any good response. I PM'd a guy on here and they tried to help at first and kept saying someone would call me, but they never did and now I have given up. At this point it is too late for me to change it as in a few weeks I will be leaving for a few months.

From what I have heard on here, wilcox is the best by far.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:25 PM
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Wilcox has the best. I think their supplier is Corvette Rubber (made in USA). However, it's my understanding, hatch seals are not available "made in USA" so you have no choice but trying an import.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:46 PM
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Youll have better results getting latex. My wilcox rear hatch cracked in the corners within weeks. And that was just from sitting in my garage and having been opened a handful of times. I also took care closing it and making sure the corners were tucked in from the glass. Pretty unhappy with that. My Ecklers latex door mains are doing good so far. Latex b-pillar from lonestar caliper is doing good as well.
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by J W Drew View Post
Wilcox has the best. I think their supplier is Corvette Rubber (made in USA). However, it's my understanding, hatch seals are not available "made in USA" so you have no choice but trying an import.
American made--http://www.steelerubber.com/ Iused their hatch seal and it fit perfect. Made right there in Texas.

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Old 11-03-2015, 06:45 AM
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Youll have better results getting latex. My wilcox rear hatch cracked in the corners within weeks. And that was just from sitting in my garage and having been opened a handful of times. I also took care closing it and making sure the corners were tucked in from the glass. Pretty unhappy with that. My Ecklers latex door mains are doing good so far. Latex b-pillar from lonestar caliper is doing good as well.
Same result here. Bought the kit from Willcox mainly for the rear hatch. Installed it and the corner seperated within 2 weeks. Very dissappointed. I don't even want to install the rest now.
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Hello,
Im a new member here ,Im a happy c4 1995 owner from Norway. The car is in excellent condition. But I have a problem after replaced all weatherstripping. The side windows will not fit in the A pillar gasket.It looks to me that the gasket are not building enough bow ,the window looks ok in the upper and lower part of the A-pillar.But in the mid section the window bow is almost outside the gasket.I have tried all the adjusting,but it seems to me that the gasket are the problem..
I bought a 7 pieces ws-set from Ecklers 1.5 years ago,but because of busy job situation,I haven't done the job before now,and discover the problem.
I know I read about this problem on internet,but are there anyone here with the same problem that could advice/help me with this problem,I would be VERY HAPPY

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Old 05-13-2018, 08:08 AM
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As a hedge against the new rubber cracking (weathering) I learned (on this FORUM?) about using silicone based protectant i.e., tire shine protectant on all seals.

After 10 years now, the rubber I installed is still like the day it was new.

I bought from Corvette Rubber, but also from WILCOX. in both cases!

Far as the hatch corners go, you'd think by now that issue would have been solved. It has been a common complaint that I've read about since I bought my first Vette in 2002!

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Old 05-13-2018, 09:58 PM
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Guys.. I'll give you my 2 cents on this.. Stay away from the imported stuff... and stay away from the silica stuff.. CRC makes the best product on the market place. The Laytex stuff, while at one time it was working... it developed an issue with sticking to the door glass.

While the door mains may work good, the A and B pillar and the roof panel stuff would stick to the door glass.... And, sadly, if it's Laytex, it's imported as well.

The only stuff I'll install in my shop is CRC brand and thank goodness that CRC decided to finally make the rear hatch weatherstrip. I really don't like the way the corners look, but they work perfectly. The corners have a weird dip to the... but they still work and the corners don't separated. (unless your dog chews up the weatherstrip, but that's another story).

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Old 05-13-2018, 10:09 PM
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Wilcox worked fine in mine..

Lube the hatch corners with dielectric grease.
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Hello,
thanks for all comments/tips about my weatherstrip problem. Im gonna buy a new front roof/A-pillar gasket and hope it will solve the problem.
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Originally Posted by kenmohr View Post
American made--http://www.steelerubber.com/ Iused their hatch seal and it fit perfect. Made right there in Texas.
Steele Rubber's hatch seal is no longer made in USA. I bought one a couple weeks ago and it's stamped "MADE IN INDIA." Steele and Soffseal used to be top notch (JMO).
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:21 AM
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Steele Rubber's hatch seal is no longer made in USA. I bought one a couple weeks ago and it's stamped "MADE IN INDIA." Steele and Soffseal used to be top notch (JMO).
So I have been told. A shame, mine has been excellent.
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Wilcox, sold me this, and it was split within the first year, now it is junk.

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