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Weatherstripping: Body Seals & Gaskets

Depending on the seal or gasket type and location, it may adhere to the car body with pressure-sensitive adhesive, or use additional, specialty clips

To keep water, wind, and dust from entering the cabin of a classic Mini, weatherstripping seals and gaskets are fitted around the doors, windows, and other openings in the body of the vehicle. Typically, they are constructed from rubber, silicone, cork, or other elastic materials that may adhere tightly to the car's body with adhesive or specialty clips.

Due to the classic Mini's historically rust-prone nature, weatherstripping seals and gaskets are particularly crucial. Damaged or aged seals can allow water to easily enter the cabin during downpours and make driving uncomfortable with wind and dust, as well as damage the sheet metal body panels.


It's crucial to do routine maintenance to keep the weatherstripping on your classic Mini in good shape. Here are some general, common-sense pointers for keeping these parts in good shape:

  • Keep them clean - Dirt and grime can cause seals and gaskets to wear out faster. Clean them regularly with soap and water or a rubber cleaning solution.
  • Apply lubricant - Applying a silicone-based (or manufacturer-recommended) lubricant to seals and gaskets can help keep them pliable and prevent cracking
  • Check for damage - Inspect seals and gaskets regularly for signs of wear or damage. If you notice any cracks or tears, replace them as soon as possible.


Body seals can, and do, wear out over time and will need to be replaced. If you have the necessary instruments and a little patience, you can complete this operation at home:

  1. Remove the old seals and gaskets - Use a pry tool or a screwdriver to gently remove the old seals and gaskets from the car's body.
  2. Clean the area - Use a rubber cleaning solution to clean the area where the new seals and gaskets will be installed.
  3. Install the new seals and gaskets - Press the new seals and gaskets firmly into place, making sure they form a tight seal against the car's body.
  4. Check for leaks - After installing the new seals and gaskets (and when feasible), check for leaks by spraying water on the car's body and checking for any signs of water entering the cabin.

TLDR; Small parts like weatherstripping can contribute significantly to the interior comfort a classic Mini, and help keep these cars in peak condition and on the road for many more years to come.

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