Join Date: Apr 2009
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Went to the glass shop and they said i always had the power, all i had to do was click my slippers together.
They said the gasket i brought in wasn't that bad, a heat gun would soften it up, it's not supposed to be water tight anyway. They sold me a tube of silicone for five bucks, i asked if it was ammonia or acid based and he glazed over. Glass shop pun, lol.
So I made a horrible mess of the first window and then established these conclusions:
1. Butyl tape is for between the frame and the fiberglass. Not on the glass, not around the top and bottom of the frame.
2. The gasket's purpose is to provide the pressure to keep the window and the silicone friendly.
3. From the start, I should have masked off the window, the outside of the frame, the rubber mallet, the gel coat, everywhere but the mating surfaces. heh heh mating.
Getting out windows that have been caulked on with 4200 (unnecessarily, i suspect, when they were also screwed on), I learned:
1. Two flathead screwdrivers, masking tape everywhere.
2. Pound flatheads in, make a tiny crack and work it larger.
3. Utility knife in the crack, cut the best i can.
All this stuff is written down elsewhere, but I'm one of those skeptical smart arses who has to learn everything himself.
Them acrylic windows look real good. Stuff like this gives me respect for their simplicity.
One last thing, I'm thinking about running a bead of 4200 around the perimeter of the rim, strictly to protect the butyl. Is this stupid?