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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 05-24-2016, 06:57 PM
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Vapor barrier replacement

Anyone know of any replacement for the vapor barrier? Trying to avoid the dealer


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Huh? For like the door panels?
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If yours originally came with a black tar like film around the barrier this is the key to making your door leak proof when it rains. A new bead of 3M Windo-Weld part #08611 via Amazon will ensure a good seal.
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Good call rich! Another good choice would be 3m molding tape. It's that double sided tape they use to attach body molding to the outside of your car... Easy to use, clean, and great bond.
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I overhauled the doors on my 328is last summer.

The OEM vapor barrier was the kind that is a heavy vinyl sheet with a foam backing - not the molded foam style. It was torn in several places and the foam was disintegrated.

I could not see paying $35 each for a plastic sheet. I considered shower curtain material, wood floor underpayment and other heavy plastic sheets. Ideally, I would use a heavy weight mass loaded vinyl for noise reduction plus a layer of foam sheet for isolation - too rich for me. I settled on "Artic Vinyl" from a Joann's Fabric Store. One yard of fabric for $20 did two doors. I just used the old barrier as a pattern and traced around it on the new fabric then cut it out with scissors. Note, the vinyl side goes against the door metal and the backing layer faces the door card.

For sealant, I second the motion by Rich022 - I too used 3M Windo-Weld 08610 The old stuff was a pain get off the doors. A heat gun, lots of solvent and paper towels and rubber gloves.

When done, I swear it is much quieter. I barely hear the door locks move!
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