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Seam/Weld Quality

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Hadn't really thought to inspect the welds/seams of my van that closely before taking possession, but I was looking at the seams that run from the roof down to the back of the van (on either side above the rear doors). The weld/seam seems a little large and not real clean, so I stepped up on the rear step and noticed even worse welds/seams about a foot from the back of the van. Images below.

Curious if others have seen similar type welds/seams on their vans/wagons and if anyone thinks this would be problem long term? I don't like the roughness inherit in these seams/welds as they seem (no pun intended) as places where water/dirt/grime can get trapped and cause issues if not routinely cleaned.

Left side, roof to back side seam/weld:

Left side roof:

Right side roof:
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Guys, just realize the word "caulk" you are using is not the same caulk that is used on your house, or windows etc. It's automotive specific stuff that lasts the life of the vehicle.
It's also installed prior to final painting, after the full body immersion in the primer vat, so the seam itself has primer all through and around it.
The sealer (caulk) is installed via robots that do look like they need to be fine tuned a bit....
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