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Old 10-13-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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Best way to seal tail lights?

So it is raining really bad in CA right now. When I get out of class I go to my car and find a nice 3 inches of water in my spare tire compartment!!! I located the leak at the passenger side tail light seal. I cleaned off both surfaces, now I need to re-seal it.

What is the best product to use? (I want it to stay tacky like the original, not harden like M3 window weld.)
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:08 PM   #2
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:26 PM   #3
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^ you can get it at a dealership
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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you can buy new sealing pads from courtesy parts, or just use silicone
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:36 PM   #6
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dum dum=butyl rubber

Great stuff, but very hard to remove in winter and messy to deal with in summer.
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What they all said. OE butyl rubber, about $12 a roll.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:12 PM   #8
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I'm at a pepboys and just went to autozone and they never heard of the stuff (generally they don't know shit anyway).
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how about good old RTV or something similar?

easy to cut with a razor if necessary, seals well if left alone.

why would you want that gorilla jizz that comes stock?
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:27 PM   #10
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yep, i used buytl at first and it kept leaking so i used some clear silicone and no more problem.
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Nissan's sealing tape is the best in the industry. I would just buy some instead of trying to reinvent the wheel
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$20 of buty tape from the dealer is enough to do 2 cars and still have leftover.
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just sealed up my friends te72's tails last night with some stuff from monument (they're in a couple spots around the bay area) ill axk him how it held up
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I ended up getting this stuff it is a 3M product. It is 1ft long strips of caulk that doesn't dry. We will see if it works. I called the dealership and they would have to order it.
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i used window sealent, works like a charm. Probably never gonna get the tailights off now. You can also use strip caulk, they sell them at paint stores.
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i used window sealent, works like a charm. Probably never gonna get the tailights off now. You can also use strip caulk, they sell them at paint stores.
same here, i went with a window sealant,
look on the back what is in it and it says butyl something,
i got it at autozone.

black stuff rolled up,
too bad dealer didnt have it.
and it came out to be like 12 ish.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:51 PM   #17
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Yea i just got that strip caulk. Tested it with a couple cups full of water and it looked like it worked. If it fails on me I will just get the OE thing ordered. Now just have to let my trunk dry out. Thank for your help guys, greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:16 PM   #18
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I had used some black windshield silicone on the inside of the car, which I don't recommend. I actually still had the tails leak too. Fail. i have different tails now though.
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yep everyone has answer correctly
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I could've sworn this thread said "best way to steal tail lights?".
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Nissan PN's for butyl...clean everything up nicely before installing or it can leak ..obviously.


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Nissan PN's for butyl...clean everything up nicely before installing or it can leak ..obviously.

B6553-89915
OMG, thank you for the picture!!!

saved me so much time to look for the part number/explain to the ppl at the dealer...
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haha when i installed my koukis, and since it was raining i checked if my hatch was still leaking and it was.
i went crazy cause i packed that shit into the tails and cleaned them clean!.

then with a bucket of water i found out where it was leaking from,
the weather stripping lol. pulled it out and saw this lil crack and i just used some leftover sealant and packed it all up again =]

so im good now
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Since it's been 7.5 years, I figured I would post for an update on how the different sealants are working for you guys. The tail-lights on my hatch are still leaking after installing new tail-lights that included foam strips pre-adhesed to the lights.
I just got off the phone with Central Valley Nissan in Modesto and they wanted "43.95 a piece" for a roll of B6553-89915. Courtesy Nissan's website lists 43.69.
I looked it up on Fontana Nissan's website and they want 34.95, so that is a much better price.
What do you guys think about using the OEM roll of Butyl Sealer vs Mortite vs Black RTV vs just shooting a tube of window caulking between the tail lights and body when installing?(Probably not the last two options).
I am going to check out Lowes and see if they have rolls of "Mortite" Weatherstrip and Caulking Cord. http://www.frostking.com/mortite-caulking-cord/
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i went with a window sealant,
look on the back what is in it and it says butyl something,
i got it at autozone.
black stuff rolled up,
too bad dealer didnt have it.
and it came out to be like 12 ish.
I would ultimately like to find a roll of Butyl Sealer from Oreilly's/Autozone like hOngsterr did, but I tried Oreilly's and they didn't have anything other than a roll of foam weatherstrip. Next I will try AutoZone.
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