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Old 20-10-2011, 19:38   #1
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I'm looking for something better than the foam gaskets from hardware stores. Biggest problem is the sticky back doesn't seem to hold very long. To install a double gasket, the second would probably need to be a hollow vinyl seal with a wide base to keep it in place.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Frig seals

Gee I thought this was going to be a thread about anger towards "Seals". Now that I am here it would be helpful to know what you are trying to seal. If it is hatches and such usually automotive type neoprene gaskets, they come in all types shapes and dimensions and 3m markets a gasket adhesive just for this purpose available at most auto stores.
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Re: Frig seals

Check with appliance repair shops. Fridge magnetic seal materials are available, sometimes even by the foot.
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Re: Frig seals

Sorry for the confusion.

Seals on the refrigerator door, or freezer lid.

And thanks Steve. I'll check.
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Re: Frig seals

Ah it's not about being kinky with seals
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Re: Frig Seals

I have this same problem. My understanding is that neoprene should not be the material of choice, PVC should. Here's some info (I have NO dog in this hunt other than to find a replacement for my old seals):

GASKET TAPE: Polyethylene tape, Neoprene sponge tape, PVC tape, Cork tape, Rubber tape, Gasketing tape, Weatherstrip tape
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Re: Frig Seals

I've also been having some problems with my seals...I use the pvc hollow tube with a sort of flat flange that the dbl sided tape is fixed to...just doesn't stay put long term...

One thing I've considered doing (but I'm to damned lazy) is to try and remove the dbl sided tape (thinking this will require some thinner of sorts) then try and glue it down with?

Another option I've considered is to try and apply a thin, uniform bead of silicon to the under side of the lid...then wax the **** out of (or Pam) the matting surface down and then close the lid until it sets up.

Since I only weekend sail its not been a priority so I've done nothing.
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Thanks; one of those might work if I can't find a magnetic strip to fit.

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I had the same problem with those tubes coming off. And I had the same thought of using silicone caulk (but this was for a second seal on the top loading ice box lid) . I first need to get an idea of the gap size with some silly putty or something like that
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Thanks; one of those might work if I can't find a magnetic strip to fit.

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I had the same problem with those tubes coming off. And I had the same thought of using silicone caulk (but this was for a second seal on the top loading ice box lid) . I first need to get an idea of the gap size with some silly putty or something like that
Good idea using silly putty or even clay to get some idea of the thickness
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Re: Frig Seals

Here's a search to get you started.

magnetic refrigerator seal - Bing
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I'm somewhere between 2 and 3mm of space...the magnetic seals are a bit two thick.
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Another option I've considered is to try and apply a thin, uniform bead of silicon to the under side of the lid...then wax the **** out of (or Pam) the matting surface down and then close the lid until it sets up.
I used a similar method with the ice box on my previous boat. Once I had the silicon in place, I used wax paper to separate it from the lid and placed the lid in-place until it cured. Worked out very well.
When the gasket on my current reefer started to lift, I slapped a little epoxy on the rear and stuck it back into place. It has not been that long ago, so I can't advise as to the long term effectiveness of this repair.
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I used a similar method with the ice box on my previous boat. Once I had the silicon in place, I used wax paper to separate it from the lid and placed the lid in-place until it cured. Worked out very well.
Thats really encoraging to hear....thanks mjwarner.
Helps me work up the courage to give it a go.
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Re: Frig Seals

I have found EDPM weatherstripping to work well. It stays soft when frozen and seals well. The adhesive lasts well but not forever; the tape is so inexpensive I don't find replacement a big issue.

I think this is the stuff I used: Amazon.com: WEATHERSTRIP EPDM 17'WHT [Misc.]: Sports & Outdoors

Another, available in different thicknesses:

Amazon.com: Do it Best X-Treme Rubber Weatherseal Tape, EPDM WEATHERSTRIP TAPE: Home Improvement
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Re: Frig Seals

Try here:

Refrigerator Gaskets - www.rparts.com
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