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I need to treat a small amount of rust on my drivers door bottom, where the rubbers are. Not wanting to destroy the rubbers (or the door), I would appreciate guidance on how to remove these.
There are two sets, firstly the lower single 'flappy' strip that seems to be held on with large headed poppers? Secondly the door seal 'proper' that seems to have some sort of fixings built into it.
I would appreciate a removal and refitting guide for these as have searched the forum and the door maintenance of tech help, but could not find a concise reference. Hopefully somebody has the answer!
Cheers, Alastair
 

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The flat rubber strips are indeed held on with large-headed aluminium pop rivets. These can be carefully removed using a small diameter drill bit without damaging the door. Even after removal of the rivets, you'll find that the rubber is stuck to the door by rust and age but can be carefully peeled away. Identical rivets should be easy to source.

Some general door maintenance here:
http://www.saabcentral.com/techhelp/c900/fred_doors.php

Not sure how the foam door seal fits in though!

For replacement door seals, you could try Woolies Trim:
http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/doorseal.html
http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/sponge.html
http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/rubbers.html

Also might be able to get some of those aluminium pop rivets from Woolies too:
http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/fasteners.html

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The foam door seal is held in by many 'T' shaped plastic plugs. I found that stretching the seal in one direction allows it to come off the head of the T on one side, then pull in the other direction to release it. The plugs themselves are quite hard to pull out of the door. I used a needle nose pliers to grip the stem of the plug and levered against a screwdriver shaft laid flat against the door.

While you have the door stripped, go get a "Finnegan's Waxoyl" pressure applicator and a can of Waxoyl and spray liberally inside the door, inside the quarter panels and anywhere else you can get it. There is a 6' long probe extension available for applying to box sections.
 

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Thanks guys. Matthew, (great to meet you and Alex at Goodwood) The lower 'flappy' rubber is flapping, so I suspect no additional adhesive there!! Just sourcing replacement rubber and rivets.
Rust is only surface 10p coin size at the moment, but just thought would catch it before it breeds.
 

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The doors rot from the inside out, so anything you can see on the outside will be worse on the inside.

I don't think there's anything special about the rubber strips, apart perhaps from being slightly shaped at the edges. I suspect that any tough rubber strip of the same thickness would do the job just fine. You could even glue it in place instead of riveting.

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