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Old 11-10-2013, 09:20 AM
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Convertible window broken seal

The seal around the back window has broken in many places and it's letting a lot of rain water in. I have read many times to use silicone to seal it but then many others saying this doesn't last a day and the silicone then gets in the way of using any other adhesive effectively.

I have been putting a towel on the back shelf to soak up the water and I have a cover over my car when it's parked on the drive but it's not 100% waterproof and I don't put the cover on when it's parked in a public place.

Does anyone know if there are any solutions?
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:51 PM
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Replace the window

New window (BMW replacement) comes with new rubber, etc. Can be a pain to install, YMMV
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:12 PM
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The seal around the back window has broken in many places and it's letting a lot of rain water in. I have read many times to use silicone to seal it but then many others saying this doesn't last a day and the silicone then gets in the way of using any other adhesive effectively...
The OEM window has been replaced with an Emiata window which uses a glued canvas flange as the seal. Your Emiata window looks like not enough glue was used and the flange has come loose. Also, the glue was not inserted deep into the joint, where the sealing really happens.
The glue is contact cement. Find the best contact cement you can, with a nozzle or brush applicator, and apply it all around the window, both to the canvas flange and to the canvas top. Be careful not to get it on the top beyond where the flange will cover, or it will look bad. When dry, press the flange against the top so they stick together. Best to have someone inside to push against, or the pushing might part the zipper.
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...5#post22334895

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