Being exposed to the elements daily, seals, strips, and mouldings can wear down fairly quickly. This is especially true in colder climates such as the harsh winters of BC. Preservation is key, but replacement may be necessary at some point.
To maintain the original seals, you should use a rubber or silicone protectant. Avoid oil-based products at all costs as this will damage the rubber material. Also, keeping it clean will help prevent the weatherstripping from sticking to your vehicle’s door when you open it. This is the most common cause of premature damage to rubberized components.
If you notice that the seals are letting rainwater leak inside, the section should be replaced immediately. Small tears can be repaired with seam sealers, and loosened sections can be stuck back on with trim adhesive. If an area is torn off, you may be able to fix it with special caulking. If there is a part that is worn down but still intact, foam rods can be inserted to make it last just a bit longer.
If it’s too bad, then you should replace the entire piece with OEM weatherstripping. You can find exact replicas at Ford Parts BC. Take a peek at the online shop to start your order now!