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Bought a little bottle of 3M plastic restorer from WM and it worked wonders. Took all of 1 min to do two windows. I'd suggest trying that first then f necessary resort to other options. Thanks for all the help!

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I bought a bottle of Meguiar's PlastX plastic cleaner and polish yesterday. I applied it to my yucky old portlights with a microfibre rag, and rubbed it in well, on the inside and outside, then polished with a clean microfibre rag. For phase two, I reapplied it liberally to the outside again, and polished with a cotton wheel in my drill. They came out WAY better, but still could use some additional clarity. I have been thinking of removing them entirely and wetsanding them with a sequence of papers.

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I finally just replaced my fixed ports this weekend using the 3M Molding Tape and Dow Corning 791. We'll see how well it holds up compared to having them screwed in.

Total cost was $160 compared to Beckson's $610 for the factory replacements.

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I finally just replaced my fixed ports this weekend using the 3M Molding Tape and Dow Corning 791. We'll see how well it holds up compared to having them screwed in.

Total cost was $160 compared to Beckson's $610 for the factory replacements.

Pictures and details on my blog: Live While Alive: Replacing fixed ports on a Starwind 27 sailboat
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Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

I'm a fan of the "privacy" that my ports provide and don't want such a clear window. I used the 3M rubbing compound (they were BAD), followed by Meguiars Clear Plastic Clean and Clear Plastic Polish. Amazing results.

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