Erik wrote: carlmt wrote:
Fill the grommet holes with clear silicone and then screw the plastic panel back on using stainless steel screws.
The silicone will dry around the screw thread and seal the hole so that water will find it difficult to enter. The screws can easily be removed again - and this is what I do every time I clean the car : I remove the plastic trims, clean all the paintwork, give it a good coat of wax and then re-fit the plastic panels....every time now.... The rust will not have time to form!!!
Hi Carl that's good advice and a good approach. But did you notice that once it rains, water remains trapped under the black plastic cover a long time (at least for most of the year)? I've decided to fill the grommets with transparent silicone and just leave the plastic cover off. Cheers /Erik
i think its a bit of an over reaction to the possibility of rust, as the car is 32 years old and has not rusted in that place so far , so some simple preventative steps and put it back to normal
the key to drying off a car is ventilation, no matter the temperature, if garaged then ensure good mechanical forced ventilation to ensure an airflow around the vehicle to dissipate moisture , where possible leave the windows slightly open to aid ventilating the interior ,
my advice is remove the rear window trim , remove the outer rubber filler , and inspect the screen surround,