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Installing New Windows- Followup

I received a lot of advice on installing new windows in my Cal-22. Well, they are in and look great!!! I used the Dow Corning 739 adhesive (not the 795) along with the DC adhesion promotor and prep'd the window openings of any left over adhesive, glue, etc. The 739 worked great with the Lexan windows. It does get a bit gooey but the cleanup is pretty easy.
Because the windows are not held in place with thru bolts I was concerned about holding the windows in place for 24-hours while they set. I put on a good helping of the 739 directly to the fiberglass. Once the windows were placed, they held immediately. A few days later I added another bead of 739 to the outside of the windows, so there are two beads: one on the inside of the window where it attaches to the boat, and one on the outside of the window.
They look really nice. Thought you would like to know how it turned out.
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I would point out that the windows, being polycarbonate, will probably break the seal with the 739 if they suffer any strong impacts. You would have been better off with ACRYLIC for the glazing material.
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I received a lot of advice on installing new windows in my Cal-22. Well, they are in and look great!!! They look really nice. Thought you would like to know how it turned out.
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Jim, Jim, Jim..... gotta have pictures!!!
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Sailing Dog, my mistake....the portlights are acrylic, not lexan.
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Sailing Dog, my mistake....the portlights are acrylic, not lexan.
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My New Windows

I will try to get pictures but I finished today installing the new windows on my boat using the method described by Seb above. 80% of it like any project was prep, removing the old windows and all traces of old caulk and other grime. Once that was done installing the windows with the 739 went very easily. Easy to work with and the windows bonded quickly so no clamping or anything needed. Boat looks really sharp with the new smoked gray windows and should hopefully no longer leak at all. Much better than the old horribly weather metal glass frame windows that used to be on it. I am trying to make it a dry boat, a never ending struggle. Will try to get some pictures.
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