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Old 17th-December-2010, 12:26
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Default Vaseline on door seals?

OK, something I've noticed when it's freezing cold in the morning, the rubber door seals seem to freeze to the metal door frame - I assume moisture gets trapped and freezes?? I tried a spray of WD40 wiped round on a cloth, but doesn't seem to have helped.

Would a good smear of Vaseline on the rubber seals help? Petroleum based so shouldn't freeze I guess...thoughts? Last thing I want to do is tear the rubber seals!
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Old 17th-December-2010, 12:30
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Default Re: Vaseline on door seals?

silicone rubber spray for lubing rubber perhaps
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Old 17th-December-2010, 12:36
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silicone rubber spray for lubing rubber perhaps
Don't have any of that, but sure the missus has some Vaseline I can steal if that's any good! Would it perish the rubber being Petroleum based?
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Old 17th-December-2010, 13:04
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Auto Glym Vynal and Rubber conditioner. Should do it.
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Mine keep getting frozen open too haha.
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Vasaline works.
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Old 17th-December-2010, 13:46
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Default Re: Vaseline on door seals?

Not on topic but in the same vein, the battery seems to freeze very easily, it would be a good thing to shield it from the worse of the cold by shielding in with a cover, i use a battery quilt, you can get them off Vauxhalls, and it helps a lot to retain the heat in the battery for an easier start in the mornings when its cold,basically you slip the battery inside the quilt and it all clips in at the top, leaving the terminals clear
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Old 17th-December-2010, 13:56
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Good tip Dopey! The missus' 206 has one of those too! Would be wrong to steal it I think.

Of course, the BMW's battery is in the boot (weight distribution and all that), but as it can't physcially move in even the lightest of snow, it doesn't matter!!

Might mock-up a cardboard battery cover over the weekend...!
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Do NOT use vasalene . Vasalene degrades rubber thats why you should not use it on ....errrm ....intimate protective items (ok condoms)!

I made the mistake of putting it on the rubber parts of a bike I put in storage on the advise of someone . When I went back all the rubber bits had swollen up and were falling apart. Use silicone!
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Old 17th-December-2010, 16:40
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OK, something I've noticed when it's freezing cold in the morning, the rubber door seals seem to freeze to the metal door frame - I assume moisture gets trapped and freezes?? I tried a spray of WD40 wiped round on a cloth, but doesn't seem to have helped.

Would a good smear of Vaseline on the rubber seals help? Petroleum based so shouldn't freeze I guess...thoughts? Last thing I want to do is tear the rubber seals!
Clear electronic grade silicone grease, I have used it on my MR2 for 25 years with no seal degradation, in fact Toyota recomend it. You can get it from www.cpc.co.uk or Maplin. Vaseline reacts with the rubber
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