Re-sealing a Windshield Gasket




Introduction: Re-sealing a Windshield Gasket

The gasket had completely popped out of its channel for about 18" on the top edge of the windshield; the rest of it looked like it was still sealed in place just fine, and it was still attached to the metal trim covering. I didn't want to take the whole thing out to put in a new one, and really didn't want to pay someone else to do it.

I wanted to seal it back in place with silicone sealant. The problem was figuring out how to hold it in place while the silicone cured. Luckily, I had just found out about ratcheting cargo bars for the first time a few days earlier, and a friend had a carport that would provide the perfect place to ground the other end of the bar.

I pulled the car in and stopped where the bar would be pressing perpendicular to the windshield.
I put a strip of blue painters' masking tape on the windshield and the roof right next to the gasket

Then I loaded up the exposed part of the channel behind the loose part of the gasket with as much transparent silicone sealant as I could get in.
I put the bar in place and extended it until the seal was pressed all the way back into the channel, and then 1 click more. I didn't want to put enough force on it to deflect the roof even slightly.

I used a putty knife and some paper towels to remove the excess silicone which got squeezed out while it was still wet. This step took the longest because what you do here will determine how the finished job looks - you don't want to be trying to slice off cured silicone later because you hurried here.

I let it sit for 18 hours in warm weather because I didn't want to have to do this again. Then I removed the bar, I peeled off the tape, and did a tiny bit of clean-up with a razor blade.

The test was going through the car wash - success!

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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    How has this fix held up over the years? I need to fix my gasket problem in the same area as yours, and I'm reading that silicone will degrade and make the problem worse after some time. I want to choose the right material for the job, as this will be my first time doing this kind of fix and I'd like to get it right the first time.


    Reply 2 years ago

    I just sent you a reply using the link they gave in the email they sent me, but I don't have any indication that anything got sent. Did you get it?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, just what I have been looking for.