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Howdy, all..

After many, many rewarding hours scraping decades of adhesive, silicone, and various other nefarious substances off my portlight frames and glass, and ordering and receiving the portlight seal kit from catalinadirect.com (yes, IT DOES FIT Pearson 26 portlights!), I'm ready to reassemble my glass into the frames, then put these newly renovated portlights back into the boat.

Here's my worry/concern. The frames bend the flat glass to match the curvature of the cabin. Getting the frames off was pretty difficult due to the stress placed upon it by the bend in the frames. I've tried dry-assembling the cleaned-up frames and windows, but it's really difficult.. haven't been able to do it. I'm hesitant to bend the glass enough to force it into the frame; I'm afraid it might break. I REALLY have to apply a lot of pressure to bend it at all.

Obviously, it can be done; the glass is the original glass that came OUT of the frame. Anybody done this before and have any tips or techniques? Which half of the frame should be done first?

The kit I ordered with vinyl glazing came with silicone (Dow 785 or something like that.. I don't have it handy) and the directions said to run a bead inside the vinyl glazing before applying the glazing to the glass, then to run another bead inside the channel of the frame that receives the glass/glazing. Sounds like a huge mess when trying to reassemble the fixture.

The kit also came with 3m 4000 sealant to mount the portlights to the cabin. How does that differ from 4200? OK to use?

Thanks in advance... best to all.

Barry
 

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Are we talking glass or plastic here?

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As far as the mess goes. mask off all the areas that you don't want sealant on. Be sure to follow instructions. They probably say to tool the joint. DON'T skip this step. With silicone and urethane. it isn't warrantied unless it's tooled.

Don
Don,

Thanks for the response. It's safety glass or tempered.. whatever was in the boat originally back in 1972. Definitely not plastic. I've experiment a bit further w/ it's flexibility based upon your encouragement and I've found that if I rest one end on a counter and place my vertical fist under the other end, I can press on the middle of the glass and get it almost down to the counter. That's probably how I'll get it in the frame; get one end started, bend the glass as described, then have a helper work the frame onto the glass while I hold the glass in the correct position. Again.. thanks for letting me know that glass'll bend more than one would think.

I'm not sure what is meant by "tool the joint." The directions don't mention that. Can you elaborate?

Thanks again!

Barry
 
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