Tired of water dripping into your car? Does the sound of whistling air and wind noise drive you nuts? If you suffer from any of these problems then you probably have bad weatherstripping.

With time comes age, and with UV comes cracks. Much like the beach bunny who looks good after a tan, the constant beating of UV rays ultimately fatigues their skin and turns them into literal California raisins, and the same can be said of your weatherstripping.

As time beats down on your car, one of the first things that goes is your weatherstripping. It becomes brittle, deformed and soon enough, this affects the quality of your ride. For those of you who have built ground up restorations, you’ll also be the first to know that fresh new weatherstripping makes all the difference in the world. So read up on this month’s tech article which goes over something fresh.

<strong>1</strong>. Everything was checked off of our inventory list before even getting started.<strong>2</strong>. We made sure that the rain gutters didn't have too much paint buildup, when they do you sometimes need to take a razor blade to it and peal the paint off the rail.<strong>3</strong>. We started off with the rear trim and we worked forward.<strong>4</strong>. The molding slides onto the rail and needs to be massaged in.<strong>5</strong>. This rain gutter molding gets installed in sections and is being twisted on. Since these moldings came off this car the holes pretty much line up where they needed to be.<strong>6</strong>. The front rain gutter gets held in place with a couple of screws.<strong>7</strong>. The weatherstrip molding sandwiches the rain gutter trim to the body.<strong>8</strong>. The second section of the weatherstrip trim also gets lined up to the old mounting holes.<strong>9</strong>. So we wouldn't have any leaks we added some silicone to the trim.<strong>10</strong>. The weatherstripping moldings were on and ready to receive the weather stripping.<strong>11</strong>. To make sure that our weather striping didn't come loose we added adhesive glue to the weatherstrip.<strong>12</strong>. We started installing the weatherstrip from the front to the rear.<strong>13</strong>. Using a flat putty knife allowed the weatherstrip to go on.<strong>14</strong>. The weatherstrip went in place and was locked in by the rear glass guide.<strong>15</strong>. The front of the rubber weatherstrip was screwed in so we knew it wasn't going to come loose.<strong>16</strong>. The strip installed fairly easy and will help keep unwanted water, air and noise out of your vehicle.

Axalta Paint Tip of the Month

In Last month’s Issue of Lowrider magazine, we discussed how preparing the right environment and proper foundation was the key to a successful paint application. Now it’s time to move to the next step of your paint build. The proper prepping of a vehicle is an essential part of the paint application. Whether you are spraying water base or solvent base Axalta Coatings Products, you must also choose the right sanding grit of sanding paper as you begin your primer buildup to make that body perfect again. Sandpaper grit is designed to remove material; be it paint, body filler, or rust. Sandpaper is designated by how gritty it is or how much grit exists in a square inch. In other words, the grit number is a measure of grit population. The higher the number, the more grit we have in a square inch. A piece of 40-grit sandpaper has fewer grit particles per square inch than a sample of 600-grit sandpaper and is real coarse when compared with 600- or 1000-grit.

By the same token, if you’d like to rough up a surface for good paint adhesion, you want 320- or 400-grit paper. Just remember as you get close to spraying your sealer, base finish, or the final finish, you should always finish dark metallic and solid colors with 600-grit. Light metallic colors should always be finished in 800-grit. This simple procedure will prevent viewing sand scratching looks now or from surfacing years later on that beautiful paintjob. For more technical advice please feel free to contact Axalta Product Specialist Steven Chaparro at steven.c.chaparro@dupont.com.