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Hi guys,

My first post.

Now that winter is coming and we got the first (plentiful) rain in the sunny and dry Malta I discovered the infamous water leak in the boot. After some investigation I clearly saw the water coming in from the tail lights so I tried to find gaskets but they are expensive and quite difficult to find in Malta.

Here are my driver side gasket with two huge cracks.

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My solution was a cheap DIY using a trekking foam mattress from Decathlon for 4,99€ (around £4,50) which will be enough to fix all the gaskets on your car. it is foamy and the silver side has a bit of plastic which will seal the area quite well.
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It was so good that I decided to inspect the other side too, I found another crack and I changed it. All for less than 5€
 

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Let us know how it works out for you. Cant imagine you get many rainy days in malta though, lol

Welcome to Civinfo btw (y)
 

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Dunno about that, went there in January 1991 and had the biggest thunderstorm I've ever seen.
Sliema seafront was under about 2 feet of water.
 

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Update

After testing the fix I found another water leak underneath the perspex window. Reading old threads I found a very helpful post by @Chapster pointing out that water usually comes from the edge wings of the perspex window. I literally injected from inside the tailgate with a silicone gun and a transparent tube attached to it in the area with the green circle.

Attached images provided by @Chapster and @dkkirk2016
Waiting for the silicone to dry for a second round of testing. Also I decided to buy a Captain tolley's creeping crack cure tube and fix every potential leak.
 

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Cheers yeh I used captain crack sealer worked a treat I don't dare to inject the tailgate lol how did u reach the curved part I'm very interested because I haven't done that part? Any pics

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I used a transparent pipe attached to the silicone tube. Then I cut the tip of the pipe in needle shape and I injected from inside the tailgate. The whole edge wing should be now filled with black silicone.
I will post the test results tomorrow when the silicone has hardened. Wish me luck :D
 

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✅ Test passed!

I got some help from mother nature yesterday evening, we got a huge thunderstorm. I sat inside the car for 20 minutes and not even a single drop managed to get in from the tailgate where I used to have a hotel spa.
Injecting the silicone worked like a charm! 😁
 

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Now I've just got to find some tubing for mine now lol what silicone did u use!

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I used a multi-use black silicone. The brand is Geocel.
I read it has very good results on sealing water leaks on windscreens, caravans, underground pipes, and it bonds and seals any surface.
 

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I've used clear Geocel on my previous Civic around the headlights and other places and it wasn't good - crumbles and gets yellow. Black could be better though.
Tigerseal is another good option.
 

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Here in Malta the real problem is the 300+ sunny days per year, that's a lot of radiation. Even if the silicone is "protected" underneath the tinted area of the perspex window I don't think any silicone will survive so many hours of UV and temperatures of above 70 ºC in summer.
I am quite aware I will have to fix it again in a couple of years.
 
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