Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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The Sika primer for 295UV is called 209N which you paint on the surface. It is ridiculously expensive ($60 for 500 ml as I remember) and has a very short shelf life after you open the can but it works really well. I used the sealant without the primer and it did not work - had leaks. Redid it with the 209N and it was great. Sika also suggests a particular cleaner; did not use this but did some sanding and cleaning with some strong cleaners I had and it seemed to work fine. BTW, one more thought about the 209N, check the expiry date on the can before you buy - the first couple of places that had the primer had cans that were 2 to 4 years out-of-date.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.