Rope weatherstripping/insulation in doorway?
We are replacing a quite ugly door in my 1929 Spanish-style bungalow in San Diego with a newer door. The one we are removing is not original to the house, but the door frame and molding is. I was trying to clean it up in preparation for working on the door tomorrow when I realized that there is a cord wrapped in fabric and completely painted over on one side of the door stop. The same thing seems to be present between the door frame and the security door (also ugly and hopefully will be removed soon). I think this may be weatherstripping, although it doesn't actually seal against the current door. Any ideas? Is there any chance this is asbestos rope? Finally, any suggestions regarding how i can remove the painted on cloth and rope to prepare the frame for painting?
Thanks for your help!!!!