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The spacers were made out of delrin (used a tablesaw).

I don't have the receipt with me, so later this evening I will post the part number for the gasket.

I will try to get some photos of the original gasket, the new gasket, the original spacers, and the new spacers.

Once everything is cleaned up it just slides together.

I found the hardest part was geting the window frames out of the boat. I plan on using butyl tape to mount the frames to the boat.
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Hum, glass problem.

Take all parts to the experts, a glass shop.

The shop has catalogs of stuff you will never see and problems you will never have.

Just hand the parts to them and let them do what they do best.
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I am not sure if you are still looking for this or not. I did this same project over the winter, I found the gasket at a hardware store selling for a few cents a foot. They had various sizes. I suggest you take the old one to any hardware store, they should be able to match it.
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didn't find it at lowes
called west marine, they said 'try automotive'
didn't find it at autozone, but i did find thick black butyl tape, which i had a heck of a time finding earlier.
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Try your local glass shops. It took a few months and visits to alot of glass shops before I was able to locate a acceptible gasket. RV dealers usually have the butyl tape in stock (white, grey)

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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.
4. PUUUUUUUUUUUUSH

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?
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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?

Yes.
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I'd also point out that you can buy Debond, which is designed to soften the grip of polyurethane sealants, like 5200 and 4200 and makes it a lot easier to remove stuff bedded with them.
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