Weather stripping technology has come a long way since the 1930s when seals were fabric webbing screwed into the metal body panels. Today, high-quality aftermarket weather stripping is made with a rubber skin and sponge. The rubber creates a sturdy weather seal, while the sponge gives under pressure and effectively conforms. Top-of-the-line reproduction weather stripping from Steele Rubber will help keep your car looking good while keeping the elements out.
There are multiple purposes for weather stripping. These weatherization products seal out air drafts. They also help eliminate condensation from cars that have been sitting for a while. Weather stripping also provides comfort as it helps keep out road noise and airborne dirt and dust. Weather stripping also prevents water from entering the interior when it’s raining or even when you’re washing your car.
The small details really stand out when you’re customizing or restoring a classic car. One of the most neglected or forgotten parts for a repainted or restored car is the weather stripping. The original rubber on a classic car is usually ripped up, may have been covered with paint overspray, and is no longer soft and flexible. There really is no time frame on the life of weather stripping, but just be thankful that there are companies like Steele Rubber reproducing parts for your classic car. Steele Rubber has weather stripping kits for many vintage Chevy models and other classic cars.
When weather stripping is done properly, the window, trunk and doors of your vehicle will be more airtight and watertight. Dusts, leaks of water and wind noise will be blocked out from entering your vehicle. Now follow along as we restore the jambs on this classic ’61 Chevy Impala using Steele Rubber weather stripping.