Helpful “How To” Auto Restoration DIY tips and Fitting Instructions


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Fitting Boot, Hatch and Van Door Seals

Tools:- Rubber Mallet, Superglue, Scissors/Shears

  1. Pinchweld type boot seals should be fitted as per door Aperture Seals, but care should be taken to clean and remove all dirt and rust that accumulates under old boot seals.
  2. Be careful to fit new seal so that it ‘rolls’ toward the outside of the car as the boot lid is closed.
  3. Superglue the ends together once fitted.
  4. Extrusion type boot seals are usually fitted to the boot lid, either glued or clipped. Follow instructions as per door aperture seals.

Fitting Door Aperture Seals

Tools:- Rubber Mallet, Side Cutters or Large Scissors.

  1. Check the replacement seal is a similar type of seal, and is similar in size and length to the original
  2. Position one end of the Pinchweld at your selected start point and using the palm of your hand, or a rubber mallet, push into place
  3. Cut the new seal to length once it is in place, and superglue the two ends together
  4. USEFUL TIP: Pinchwelds do shrink with age, so do not stretch into place. Pack tightly into corners and leave surplus if possible, under the door scuff plates.

Door Seal Fitting Instructions


Before fitting these seals please carefully read these instructions

  1. Check your seal to find where it is joined. In most cases, the clips at this point are closer together than the rest. This is your starting point.
  2. In most cases, your door will also have two holes closer together than the rest. 
  3. Ensure you are fitting the seal the correct way as shown in the illustration below.


Fitting Door Seals – Universal Instructions

Check the replacement seal is of correct type, size and length. Please note that this replacement seal may not be exactly the same profile as your original door rubber. Take careful note of the way your door seal fits to the door, before removal, to ensure correct replacement.

  1. Pre-clipped type:- Start from the moulded or shaped corner and work around the door and cut to length, making the join with Superglue under the door.
  2. Holden/ GM Pre-clipped type:- This is usually a one-piece seal, but look out for the two clips that are closer together, by the door catch. Start at this point.
  3. Channel and Glue type:- Start at the corner, carefully pushing the rubber into place with your fingers or a blunt screwdriver, (soapy water makes it easier). Commence gluing the new seal where the channel ends. Work towards the bottom of the door, cut to length and join with Superglue under the door. Your original seal may have been clipped around the bottom half of the door but it is easier and cheaper to glue the seal instead.
  4. USEFUL TIP: Superglue is the quickest and cleanest method of fitting door seals but always ‘work’ short lengths, as it sets immediately, and cannot be easily removed.
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Auto restoration DIY tips door seal diagram

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Car Restoration – Beginner’s Guide to Dismantling Classic Car Doors


Fitting instructions for 2 door monaro (hk-ht-hg-hq-hj-hx) roof rail seals

Note:- do not cut seal before fitting. Fit to vehicle first then cut end to suit.

  • Hk-ht-hg monaro- cutting is not required
  • Hq-hj-hx monaro- cutting is required due to the ¼ panel horse shoe rubber meeting the end of the roof rail seal.

Bailey channel (glass run) fitting guide

Tools:- screwdriver, small spanners/sockets, superglue or contact adhesive.

  1. Soft flocking type: check the replacement channel for fit and length before removing old channel.
  2. Remove inner door trim and loosen window channel upright inside the door to allow ‘clearance’ to fit new channel.
  3. Take care to obtain a tight fit in all corners and superglue all joins to eliminate draughts and wind whistle.
  4. Ridged type: when fitting rigid type window channel, as found in older holdens and fords, careful cutting and shaping is essential. All bending and shaping must be done with your thumbs, being careful to avoid the stainless steel beading crimping and pulling away from the channel.

Remember, less is more …. Gently, gently does it … Many little bending efforts is far more succesful, do not try one quick sharp bending effort!!fitting_door_seals_-_non_clipped


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