Hi Clayton

If your original gaskets were foam and have deteriorated appreciably, I suspect that it means they were a urethane foam. 

Normally you cannot replace a foam gasket with a tubular gasket because the space required for the latter is much greater than that for the former and it will be difficult to close the door at all. If you can make it work, by all means, make the switch. 

Tubular d-shaped gaskets are far superior to foam gaskets for seals. However, if that is not possible, consider replacement with a neoprene or silicone foam gasket. Some case manufacturers will supply gasket replacement kits, so start by checking with the original case maker and some of the modern manufacturers. 


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Subject: Replacement gaskets for herbarium cabinets

Sorry for the cross post. 
Our collection is looking to replace the gaskets on several herbarium cabinets. The cabinets are older and have foam (some sort of foam rubber?) gaskets. From what I've seen, new cabinets have tubular polypropylene, neoprene, or silicone gaskets. Can anyone offer suggestions as to what would be the best material and a good place to buy replacement gaskets? Thanks in advance for any help.
Clayton Sublett