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I just did mine. Here is how it turned out. I used clear silicone to seal them. I know you can't use polysulfide (3M 101). I am not sure if life caulk is a polysulfide of a hybrid. I know many will say no silicone on a boat. Others say it's ok for windows only. I used 3M 101 for everything else.
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Since the port is mechanically fastened, I would probably have gone with butyl tape instead of Silicone.
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Since the port is mechanically fastened, I would probably have gone with butyl tape instead of Silicone.
I am trying to limit the trips to the store to 700 or so for this project, so I figured I would go with what I had.
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Butyl tape, last I checked, is far less expensive than any of the 3M marine sealants, and if you're going to give the back of the coaming complete coverage, it might well be worth a trip to get the butyl tape, since you'll probably run out of the 3M 101 before you're done anyways...

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tape vs silicone

Having just purchased a half roll of tape from one of the local auto glass shops for $13.00 and comparing that with a tube of silicone from the local home improvement store at less than $10.00 I'd have to say the tape was more expensive. Also having used silicone successfully to seal several areas on my boat I disagree with those that say it has no place on a boat. If used properly it does what it is designed to do, that is seal things up from water intrusion.
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I hope we are not highjacking this thread. The PO of my boat used clear silicone to seal all the deck hardware. It's a pita to remove, but it did do it's job. My deck was still dry.

I think if it's used as a GASKET (between mating parts), it works ok. If it's just filleted on after the fact, it's useless. This is where it get's its bad name. Also, the fact that it leaves a residue forever

In any case, back to the window. (I was really only trying to show that the frameless dark lexan looks ok)

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You got taken... Online a 3/4" x 30' roll is about $5. See HERE.

I doubt you'll get a 3/4" x 30' layer out of a tube of 3M 101.

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Having just purchased a half roll of tape from one of the local auto glass shops for $13.00 and comparing that with a tube of silicone from the local home improvement store at less than $10.00 I'd have to say the tape was more expensive. Also having used silicone successfully to seal several areas on my boat I disagree with those that say it has no place on a boat. If used properly it does what it is designed to do, that is seal things up from water intrusion.
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You got taken... Online a 3/4" x 30' roll is about $5. See HERE.

I doubt you'll get a 3/4" x 30' layer out of a tube of 3M 101.
I guess there is butyl tape and then there is butyl tape. What I bought is actually a 1/4 inch dia bead, not tape, and the half roll is almost a foot in diameter. I don't think I was taken. I'd rather pay a bit more for quality any day. Also a $5.00 roll online increases by another $9.79 for shipping so my math says it's more expensive.
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I guess there is butyl tape and then there is butyl tape. What I bought is actually a 1/4 inch dia bead, not tape, and the half roll is almost a foot in diameter. I don't think I was taken. I'd rather pay a bit more for quality any day. Also a $5.00 roll online increases by another $9.79 for shipping so my math says it's more expensive.
Well I bought it online also and I paid $4.50 for a roll. I bought the 3/4 wide tape but the 1/4 bead was available also.
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Hey AllThumbs, your windows look awesome, I an only hope mine will lok as good. I think I will use the Butyl Tape and then just trim the excess with an exacto knife, Love the smoked look
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