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Hi, I only did one hatch so far as the other is in good shape except for the Lexan. I will wait on doing this one until after the summer season.
The powder coating was $150. I could not remove the support struts and they painted them white as well (looks good). The bolts would not budge and I did not want to risk breaking them.
Be sure to remove anything plastic as it will melt when the hatch goes in the oven.
As fas as Lexan, I purchased the dark tint from an eBay seller. I purchased two 2 foot by 2 foot pieces, 3/16 " thickness ... I believe it was less than $50. Let me know if you want the name of the eBay seller --- send me a PM.
I then had a local glass shop cut the Lexan --- I brought them the hatch and the Lexan. They charged $10.
I used blue painter's tape on the outside and inside of the hatch, applied the Dow adhesive ... and then placed the Lexan on the hatch.
I placed bar bell weights on the Lexan for one week. At the end of the week I removed everything --- tape and adhesive backing without any problems.
Two weeks ago I installed the "new" hatch with a new gasket I purchased from West marine. No leaks!
I hope this helps.