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06-04-2012 04:25 PM
McGinnis
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.
06-04-2012 01:11 PM
Ritchard
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

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Originally Posted by Jetexas View Post
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
Nice.
06-04-2012 12:06 PM
Jetexas
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

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
06-03-2012 10:39 PM
Ritchard
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

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.

One au naturel



one after two phases of polish

05-30-2012 05:51 PM
kjones
Hazy/Streaky Portlights

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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!
05-24-2012 11:11 AM
Ritchard
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

Please report back, mine are looking really scruffy, and want some attention.
05-24-2012 12:47 AM
kjones
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

thanks all! I'm going to give one or all of these a try over the weekend and I'll let you know how it goes.
05-23-2012 01:47 PM
BigZ
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

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Originally Posted by arf145 View Post
What were your results with the razor blade method? Was it even? Leftover scratches? Happy with the results?
Very happy. It seemed to just remove the dead, very thin layer. No gouges or scratches from the razor.
05-23-2012 01:38 PM
jimq26
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

Try 303 Protectant. Amazing results!
05-23-2012 01:08 PM
arf145
Re: Hazy/Streaky Portlights

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Then for some reason I tried a razor blade in one of those handheld plastic holders. Pushing the blade at a low angle across the surface seemed to remove a layer of "dead" material, almost like a peeling sunburn.
Might be worth a shot.
What were your results with the razor blade method? Was it even? Leftover scratches? Happy with the results?
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