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Old 27-09-2015, 14:43   #1
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Hatch Screens Renewal?

My wife and I installed new hatch screens on our Cal 39, then left the boat in Florida for 3 months while we went back up to Vermont. The screens were held in place with stick-on Velcro. While we were gone the sun heated the velcro adhesive and it released from the fiberglass & wood headers, dropping the screens onto the deck.

We plan to put the screens back on with snaps instead of Velcro, but now we can't get the residue of the Velcro glue off the edges of the hatch openings, and it's nasty stuff.

Any ideas for a product that'll take that junk off?

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Old 27-09-2015, 14:58   #2
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Re: Hatch Screens Renewal?

I think there's stuff called 'Gunk Off' or 'Goo B Gone' that might work. If worse comes to worse try acetone.
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Re: Hatch Screens Renewal?

Based on HopCar's advice to me I'd try WD40 and a bit of rubbing.


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Old 29-09-2015, 01:48   #4
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3M adhesive remover.
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GooGone.
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Re: Hatch Screens Renewal?

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We plan to put the screens back on with snaps instead of Velcro, ....
Just a side note. When you use the snaps there will be a bit of 'standoff' for each snap 3/16" or so. So the edge binding won't fit flush to the frame. This will create an avenue for the bugs to get in. My wife had to sew in some piping into the edge band to make it thicker and fill up the space.
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Just a side note. When you use the snaps there will be a bit of 'standoff' for each snap 3/16" or so. So the edge binding won't fit flush to the frame. This will create an avenue for the bugs to get in. My wife had to sew in some piping into the edge band to make it thicker and fill up the space.
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PS... if they used maple for adhesive, we wouldn't be having this thread...
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Re: Hatch Screens Renewal?

Alternately you might consider a bolt-rope type fastening using one of a couple different extrusions available from places like Sailrite.

You can sew some small stuff onto the edges of a flat square screen on three sides so when you put the screen on the hatch you slide the bolt rope onto the middle of the three first, then do the parallel sides together.

If you make everything just right, so that you have to stretch the screen to put it in the extrusion, it will hold itself flat against the hatch without need for attaching the fourth side.

Likewise, you can use the same system to make hatch covers on the outside. Personally I think it presents a much cleaner appearance and has the benefit of largely eliminating the gaps that you have with snaps. Plus the snaps can stick and stubborn ones can break or pull through the fabric.
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Re: Hatch Screens Renewal?

acetone removes adhesive. easy peasy. been used on racecars and on boats for years. works well does not affect gelcoat, but it is flammable and can cause bodily damages ifyou smoke while using in a non ventilated place. as with all chemicals, yes it is a carcinogen. but it works. hold your breath while in use...leaves no residue

i have seen successful screening made with tubes filled with sand. make the tube of sturdy material with tight weave and fill with sand, close and ta daa, screens without residue nd withou tproblems. wind cannot blow em away and sun willnot destroy the glue. happy sails
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