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leaky portlights w/ aluminium frames
hey everyone, i just finished up my job of ripping all the deteriorated veneer out of the inside of my I-29, and as we all know each project is pregnant! so a few hours after cleaning up it started to rain and i could now see that the water i was accumulating was coming from my big 'picture window' portlights. they are the kind with aluminum frames that have self tapping screws on the inside that pull the port tight. anyway, i popped the worst offender out, cleaned it up and rebedded it with 4200. well i am quite sure the seal is good, but next rain it still leaked, however i see now that the water is accumulating on top of the lower sill, so my guess is the o-ring around the plexiglass has failed.
i have done every search i can think of to find out what can be done about this, but maybe i am just calling things by a wrong name, or not searching effectively, but i have not been able to find anything. so, has anyone been able to successfully re-seat the plexiglass (or lexan) into their aluminum frames? is there any website out there that shows the proccess?
i have thought about just ix'ing the whole idea and screwing plexiglass to the outside without any frame (you know like how all the slinky new boats have?) and while i think that may be my best bet, i think it might look stooooooooopid on my Islander 29
Last edited by rrgane; 06-20-2007 at 09:52 AM.