Does the weatherstripping stick to the paint on your door?
Weatherstripping is certainly not glamorous like fancy doors or hardware but it’s a very important part of a quality door installation. Most of the time in new construction we use a product called kerf style or kerf applied weatherstripping. It seals very well and does not stick to paint but it can only be used in new construction because the door jambs have to be modified to accept the product.
The weather strip that we are talking about was used before they invented the kerf weatherstrip described above. It would have been installed on exterior doors that were installed before about 1990. It is called jamb-up, jamb applied or stop applied weatherstrip. It is cut to length and installed pressed against the door with a vinyl bulb to create the weatherseal. It’s this vinyl bulb that causes the problem.
The important thing to know is that the standard vinyl bulb that comes with this type of weatherstrip sticks to the latex enamels that most people use today. It doesn’t make any difference how long the paint dries, the vinyl bulb interacts with the latex paint (especially during warm weather), sticks to it and peels off the paint that it touches. It’s this vinyl bulb that causes the sticking.
Very common problem with a simple solution. Two companies that I know of make this item with an optional silicone bulb. The silicone bulb does not stick to latex paint and as an added bonus provides a better weatherseal than the vinyl. I have been using this product for several years with excellent results.
If you live near San Luis Obispo, California you can purchase the Columbia product from me if you like. Otherwise you should be able to special order one or the other from a quality local hardware store near you…Probably not a big box store.
I hope that helps!