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Old 09-09-2013, 09:07 PM
scotty_b scotty_b is offline
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Salt Damage to Rubber Trim

Just picked up an '08 X3 from someone who lived near the ocean. Upon closer inspection the rubber trim (glazing) holding down the top of the windshield is severly cracking. I assume it's due to salt damage. Would any of you attempt to fix this yourselves or should this be left to a pro? Any advice on how to do it? Do you think there's a risk in leaving it like this or do you think this is a critical repair?
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:41 PM
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Just picked up an '08 X3 from someone who lived near the ocean. Upon closer inspection the rubber trim (glazing) holding down the top of the windshield is severly cracking. I assume it's due to salt damage. Would any of you attempt to fix this yourselves or should this be left to a pro? Any advice on how to do it? Do you think there's a risk in leaving it like this or do you think this is a critical repair?
maybe from wax ?
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:43 PM
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I think the windscreen needs to come out. Check realoem.com
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:03 PM
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I doubt it's from wax. The previous owners didn't seem like the waxing type and there's minor degrading of rubber trim in other places on the car's exterior that are in spots where one would not be waxing.

@joylove - when you say "windscreen", do you mean the "cover, windshield, top" (#1 below)? Looks to be about $71. Plus I assume you need the adhesive for another $81. Is this something that a DIY'er could fix you think?
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:07 PM
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Salt Damage to Rubber Trim

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Just picked up an '08 X3 from someone who lived near the ocean. Upon closer inspection the rubber trim (glazing) holding down the top of the windshield is severly cracking. I assume it's due to salt damage. Would any of you attempt to fix this yourselves or should this be left to a pro? Any advice on how to do it? Do you think there's a risk in leaving it like this or do you think this is a critical repair?
The seals wearing out seem to be pretty common on X3's... I have to get mine replaced and they're not even that bad right now. If I wait for them to get worse though I'll end up with water on the inside or damaging the carpets/leather. My seals are just about at the same condition as yours if not just a tad bit better, I recommend having someone who has done it before do it and who can guarantee their work.


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Old 09-09-2013, 11:04 PM
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They are not water seals, the windscreen is glued in, that is your water seal. It is a cosmetic seal and a large debris/driving rain seal.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:21 AM
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Sun damage

It looks like sun damage and general deterioration of the rubber seal around the windshield (In UK they call it windscreen).

I would replace it with original parts from the dealer or one of the on-line suppliers.

I regularly apply a coat of protectant like 303 Aerospace or Adams VRT to all rubber seals on the car to keep them supple. With the heat from the sun the "oils" in the rubber is lost which causes them to break up.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:22 PM
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Awesome. Thanks all.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:32 PM
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Salt Damage to Rubber Trim

Mine is exactly the same and it came from FL. It's just a trim piece that clips into the windshield frame and costs about $60.

One of the cars I looked at buying had most of that part missing altogether. It still had the metal channel which is what holds the windscreen in place but this rubber trim piece was missing altogether.

Most likely too is that you will find that the rubber trim at the bottom of the windscreen, under the wipers, has become brittle and little bits will break off if you touch them, particularly the little "wing" at either side, which is a separate piece.
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