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This is a discussion on roof leak, paint safe tape suggestions? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I bought a used WRX wagon last summer that had an aftermarket sunroof (big mistake). Anyway, now that the rainy ...

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    roof leak, paint safe tape suggestions?

    I bought a used WRX wagon last summer that had an aftermarket sunroof (big mistake). Anyway, now that the rainy season is here I've noticed a slow leak. The headliner alongside the driver's side of the car gets damp between from the front windshield to back of the rear passenger door. Because the headliner will get damp even when that side of the car is facing uphill, I'm not actually sure that the leak is coming from the sunroof itself. My thought is that it might actually be coming from near where the roof rack attaches to the roof.

    Anyway, to diagnose where the leak is, I want to tape off the sunroof and roof rack pillar. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of tape to use that is waterproof but wouldn't be too much of a pain to take off later?

    Thanks for any help, I'm not looking forward to trying to fix this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by half=breed View Post
    I bought a used WRX wagon last summer that had an aftermarket sunroof (big mistake). Anyway, now that the rainy season is here I've noticed a slow leak. The headliner alongside the driver's side of the car gets damp between from the front windshield to back of the rear passenger door. Because the headliner will get damp even when that side of the car is facing uphill, I'm not actually sure that the leak is coming from the sunroof itself. My thought is that it might actually be coming from near where the roof rack attaches to the roof.

    Anyway, to diagnose where the leak is, I want to tape off the sunroof and roof rack pillar. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of tape to use that is waterproof but wouldn't be too much of a pain to take off later?

    Thanks for any help, I'm not looking forward to trying to fix this problem.
    If it is the headliner that is getting wet, I'd say that sunroof is leaking.

    The only tape that is really going to get close to waterproof is duct tape. If you do that, I wouldn't leave the tape on in prolonged sunlight and when you take it off use the adhesive on the tape to take off the residue on the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    If it is the headliner that is getting wet, I'd say that sunroof is leaking.

    The only tape that is really going to get close to waterproof is duct tape. If you do that, I wouldn't leave the tape on in prolonged sunlight and when you take it off use the adhesive on the tape to take off the residue on the car.
    Yeah, but the even when the driver's side is facing uphill (car tilted to the right) that area still gets wet. Anyway, taping things off should give me a definitive answer.

    I guess I'll probably go with the duct tape, I just didn't want to deal with pulling it off after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by half=breed View Post
    Yeah, but the even when the driver's side is facing uphill (car tilted to the right) that area still gets wet. Anyway, taping things off should give me a definitive answer.

    I guess I'll probably go with the duct tape, I just didn't want to deal with pulling it off after.
    Fair enough. I still think it is that.

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    you could do a leak test like they do in the plants, plug all the holes in the cockpit (vents, and firewall penetrations are the big ones) Pressurise the cockpit with some smoke sticks inside and look for where the smoke leaks out. The hardest part would be finding something to smoke your interior that would not leave a smell. All the sticks I've used have an odor and I'm not sure what they use in the plants. Short sweet and definitive.
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