Still no luck on the door gasket!
I ground the latch back like it was originally, put the new gasket on and it is still too thick to get the door to close!! I just stuck some auto style flat weatherstrip from Home Depot and said the %$#@ with it, got bigger fish to fry!! Started stripping the clearcoat today and it looks like I have opened a much bigger can of worms.
Now on to find a good polishing thread !!