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57burb
Posted 2019-01-23 11:54 AM (#577273)
Subject: Any tips for installing window felt? hardtop / convertible



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I can find reproduction generic window felt (aka fuzzies aka beltline weatherstrip) and staples, but I have a few questions about installing them.

Is there a specific tool for installing the staples in the felt?

Is there a method for properly locating the staples so that the finished piece is located properly fore and aft, and up and down?

When youtube'ing for information, the instructions are always for installing catalog GM or Ford stuff, with the clips already preinstalled. Thanks in advance!
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1960fury
Posted 2019-01-23 2:55 PM (#577279 - in reply to #577273)
Subject: Re: Any tips for installing window felt? hardtop / convertible



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1960 the outers (that attach to the door/body) use special clips, the inners are attached with staples, something I do not recommend. Just use tiny stainless tapping screws. Works great.
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wizard
Posted 2019-01-23 3:04 PM (#577280 - in reply to #577273)
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I made new staples out of stainless welding rod.
Hold the felt in position and use pins for to locate the holes
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57burb
Posted 2019-01-24 1:28 PM (#577342 - in reply to #577280)
Subject: Re: Any tips for installing window felt? hardtop / convertible



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Thank you for the suggestions, Sid and Sven. I don't have enough access to this area to insert screws through the felt and into the door itself. I could possibly use welding rod as a staple, but then that would eliminate the clip side of the staple that is used to mount this strip to the body. It may just be that I'm not understanding.

I'm adding a couple of pictures of my old strip and clips to show that these are used to both to secure the felt (with the staple), and attach the strip to the car (with the clip).

I have another idea to accomplish this, that I'm going to try. I bought a roll of adhesive backed felt, and I'm going to sandblast the deteriorated part of my old strips to attempt to reuse them. I think this will be a relatively simple and effective way to just replace the felt, and bypass all the issues with alignment. I'll let you know how this works out.

And of course if anyone has advice on the right way to do this, I am definitely still listening! Thanks again.



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b5rt
Posted 2019-01-24 5:11 PM (#577348 - in reply to #577273)
Subject: Re: Any tips for installing window felt? hardtop / convertible



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I used aluminum pop rivets. Trim the fuzzy material down where the rivet is going to eliminate bulk material under the head. Then clip the fuzzy material off extra length of material. I then Super glued this extra fuzzy material over the pop rivets. This was suggested to me by an upholstery guy that says they do this and it worked well. If you're really patient you can lay the fuzzy grain correctly so it's almost impossible to notice.
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57burb
Posted 2019-01-29 6:42 PM (#577581 - in reply to #577273)
Subject: RE: Any tips for installing window felt? hardtop / convertible



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Just a small update.

I scraped away the remaining rubber and felt from my original window felt strips, then taped up the exposed stainless beltline trim. I lightly hammered the staples of each clip to tighten them in position. Then I sandblasted and etch primed the main strips. I cut pieces of the adhesive backed generic felt and stuck them on the strips. Since the strips have exposed 'slits' the entire length, I placed small pieces of Gorilla Tape on the back side of them. The felt adhesive and the tape adhesive are able to bond to each other between the slits. I haven't installed them yet, but it looks like they will be perfect. Not bad for ten bucks worth of felt and less than an hour.

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