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Thread resurrection here

It's time to do something about my cowl plate seal.
Also, my a/c isn't switching to defrost or heat, as it should. I expect a Dorman arm replacement before winter.
Might as well knock both out when I can.

There we great ideas on this 5 years ago in an old thread.
  • Plasti dipping
  • Running a channel of door protection
  • Layering marine rubber
  • Flex-seal?
Has anyone made moves on the cowl plate seal with good results? It would be great to hear what has lasted vs complete failures.

I understand slicone is a big no-no.

Thanks, in advance!!
 

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My Saab is still in pieces, but I believe you are talking about the seal to the hood that mounts to the top lip of the fire wall?

If so: McMaster-Carr
Not quite
I ordered the seal you are referring too by mistake already. Whoops.

The seal I'm repairing; where the windshield meets the cowl plate. Without tearing into it, to know for sure; It seems the seal is molded on to the cowl plate?
Here's a picture I thought I attached to the op.
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My first idea would be to remove the old stuff and find some plain rubber strip and the proper adhesive to glue it on to the cowl. Sounds tricky. A custom rubber extrusion with a step to register onto the cowl would be excellent.

Actually maybe just cut off the old strip and use an adhesive backed for strip between the cowl and windshield. Not 100% oem, but it would deflect most of the water.

Fix the faded plastic while you're at it haha
 

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My first idea would be to remove the old stuff and find some plain rubber strip and the proper adhesive to glue it on to the cowl. Sounds tricky. A custom rubber extrusion with a step to register onto the cowl would be excellent.

Actually maybe just cut off the old strip and use an adhesive backed for strip between the cowl and windshield. Not 100% oem, but it would deflect most of the water.

Fix the faded plastic while you're at it haha
You're right lol I neglected the cowl plate pretty hard. I wish I hadn't.
I bought some Eastwood Plastic Restorer for when the time comes.
I feel lucky this and the rear windshield seal are really the only major cosmetic fixes, aside from the paint job from the PO's rear ending.
Some bone head used bondo on the bumper. But I'll update that another time.

I like your idea! Probably the cheapest and most effective. I'll update in a couple months when I plan to do the job.
 

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If it were mine I’d take it to the local windshield replacement guys and get a quote for replacement of just the rubber gasket. Those guys deal with this kind of stuff all day long and there might be a quick and good looking fix that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Might be worth checking out.
 

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Damn that plastic restore stuff is pricey. I need some for all of my plastic though :(

I found a trim seal specifically for windshield cowls on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Weather-Stripping-Windshield-Prevent/dp/B09GTYSK66 Looks like it would attach on top of the cowl, but could work.

This one is even better (like the custom extrusion with step in it like I was talking about) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R5ZB5SK?ref=vse_pfo_vwdp&th=1 or 5M T-Shape Rubber Car Door Seal Strip Hood Trunk Edge Weatherstrip Moulding Trim | eBay
 

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Damn that plastic restore stuff is pricey. I need some for all of my plastic though :(

I found a trim seal specifically for windshield cowls on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Weather-Stripping-Windshield-Prevent/dp/B09GTYSK66 Looks like it would attach on top of the cowl, but could work.

This one is even better (like the custom extrusion with step in it like I was talking about) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R5ZB5SK?ref=vse_pfo_vwdp&th=1 or 5M T-Shape Rubber Car Door Seal Strip Hood Trunk Edge Weatherstrip Moulding Trim | eBay
Every Eastwood product I have purchased has been worth the money. I can't say for this specifically.
 

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Damn that plastic restore stuff is pricey. I need some for all of my plastic though :(

I found a trim seal specifically for windshield cowls on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Weather-Stripping-Windshield-Prevent/dp/B09GTYSK66 Looks like it would attach on top of the cowl, but could work.

This one is even better (like the custom extrusion with step in it like I was talking about) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R5ZB5SK?ref=vse_pfo_vwdp&th=1 or 5M T-Shape Rubber Car Door Seal Strip Hood Trunk Edge Weatherstrip Moulding Trim | eBay
Ya, those would probably work really well on my rear windown. Thank you!

This will be my first Eastwood purchase. I hear great things!
 
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