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    Default Do I need that plastic barrier inside the door?

    I've been doing some work on my doors so I've had the panels off and the plastic taken off for the last 8 months or so. I'm ready to put the door panels back on since I got all the wiring done and I'm wondering if I need to put the plastic back or not. I have 2 left/right sets of the plastic here that came off mine and another car but do I need it? Is it just silicone that it's put on with?
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    Highly recomended to put it back on. That plastic keeps water out from the interior that the rubber trim does not (from your window). I believe it also has some sound deadening capabilities (just a guess...so don't quote me on that).

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    Ya, put it back on even if its half assed, it still serves a purpose. Very similar to the poly which insulates your house.

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    If you don't you'll be pulling the panels again in 3 months once you smell the mold growing.

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    I took mine off and put dynomat in its place.

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    Mold? None of my cars have ever had that plastic stuff and I've never noticed anything, a little water leaks in your panel but that is why there are holes on the bottom of the door, I've never heard of mold growing in a door, what happens in the winter when your carpet becomes ice for 6 months, does it mold?

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    Originally posted by derek_k
    Mold? None of my cars have ever had that plastic stuff and I've never noticed anything, a little water leaks in your panel but that is why there are holes on the bottom of the door, I've never heard of mold growing in a door, what happens in the winter when your carpet becomes ice for 6 months, does it mold?
    Doors don't drain completely and there's little to no circulation through them, especially if you leave the car sitting for a few days. Trust me, it happens and it's a stupid risk to take for 5 minutes of work.

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    What is the plastic protecting? A plastic door panel? Water seeps into the bottom of the door regardless of the plastic or not, and not having the plastic will create a better flow of air through the door as well

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    Mine have been off for years. No problems, I'm not too worried.
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    Well now you guys have me thinking that something else caused it

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    Mold doesn't grow on metal, it's called rust, you must have a nice piece of bread in your door or else it's coming from all the padding and stuff under your carpet, take the plastic off and the goop you will shave 2 lbs

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    In my old truck I originally left it off, I ended up with a cold draft from the door panels when driving at highway speed. I used some silicone to tack it back on.
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    Originally posted by derek_k
    Mold doesn't grow on metal, it's called rust, you must have a nice piece of bread in your door or else it's coming from all the padding and stuff under your carpet, take the plastic off and the goop you will shave 2 lbs
    Thanks Tips. It was on the inside of my door panels, coming out the window crank hole.

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    This was definitely the correct place to start this thread. Great job OP.

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    So mold grows on plastic now? When did this start happening

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