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I'm from Phoenix. Dry as bones. See my before and after pics. (of course the after was when I wasn't totally done yet, I did get every little bit off of there as it turns out)
I forgot to reinstall my vapor barrier a couple years ago. I forgot about it. I moved to Oregon last year, and my door check stop was starting to get rigid.
This is what I saw when I took the door panel off. (before and after). Wired brushed the stuff and rusty stuff that was growing with a light bleach solution, now I will spray some anti-rust coating on it again after it dries, and reinstall a barrier.
Holy crap, I'm definitely getting some thick mil plastic and cutting one to shape now that I live here! I'm glad it didn't cause serious mold to soak into the inside of my "particle board" door panel or rust my door out....

So again a head's up for you all to not let this happen!
 

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I had to replace my W201 water barriers a couple years back by making my own from thick nylon. Later I found out the dealer is still selling them.
You might want to check that to save yourself a lot of time.
 

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I'll look at that. Seems like anything for W124 my dealer has to order it out over a week or so.
 

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I'll look at that. Seems like anything for W124 my dealer has to order it out over a week or so.
Which is perfectly normal and to be expected for a vehicle that hit the streets in the mid-80s and went out of production 25 years ago. Try finding interior parts 10+ years later on a VW/Audi/Porsche product. It is all NLA.
 

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Maybe you folks in Phoenix have never seen rust :) What you scraped off was old adhesive. If you want to put a vapor barrier back in place, cut a suitable size "lawn and leaf" bag to fit, and buy a can of aerosol adhesive from a craft store to apply to the door. You don't need OEM, you don't need "thick" you just need a vapor barrier. Cheap adhesive allows you to remove the barrier whenever you need to get in there again and a quick spray of new adhesive gets it back in place.
 

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You beat me to it Tutte, I was just about to ask, what am I supposed to be looking at.
 

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I used double sided 3M tape (the thin clear kind) and it works very well. It makes the barrier removable as I have done it a couple of times now.
 
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