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Old 26-04-2006, 22:21   #1
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Question Portlight Gasket Help

I've looked all around this port and cannot find a manufacturer's stamp or anything else to identify it. SS port with a gasket that either comes with a pre-formed lip or has formed one over the years as they cranked down the dogs. The gasket channel is about 1/2 inch wide. Measuring the knife edge I get 12-1/4" long by 5-1/4" wide.

Anyone have an idea what type port this is? I'm looking for material to replace the gaskets in all 13 of them on the boat (what an unlucky port count eh?).

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Old 26-04-2006, 22:22   #2
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Well hush my mouth.. the image appears once I post.. but does not show in the Preview.
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Old 26-04-2006, 22:54   #3
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Mark, in your area, try Green Rubber in Salinas,(831) 753-6100
and online, try Mill Supply. This link should take you to the door seal page. See if any of the shapes wil work. http://www.rustrepair.com/stepvan_pa...hdwr-dr.sidewe Both may have a bulk material that may fit. If not, there are some other places, but I will have to try to remember the names.
Here is another link http://www.thermoprene.com/scripts/rubber_extrusion.asp
THese guys might have something that will work, or they might be able to match a sample.
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If you cant find a geometrically 'close' gasket, pull the old gasket and fill the channel with automotive RTV and with a spatula pulled across the surface make the RTV smooth with the frame. After curing spray the surface with Teflon lube to prevent 'sticking'.
If you have a 'gasket supply' source nearby take the old gasket to them ... many times they will be able to locate the 'extrusion' for you.
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Mark, you may find RV suppliers have gasket material that matches, inexpensively. But if there is no local shop, try mcmaster.com or grainger.com they tend to carry all sorts of that stuff by the foot. With 13 ports...I'd probably look for silicone instead of rubber (more durable more expensive) and order a piece, or send them a piece, to match up the profile before ordering it all. There are special adhesives (Loctite and Permatex among others make them) to glue the ends of the gasket together to make it truly seamless, too.
I suspect any marine supplier will wind up costing you at least double what a gasket supplier will charge.
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Good point. THese guys are one of the vendors I have used for years. THey have all sorts of odd stuff on the shelf: Almaden RV Svc & Repair 494 Phelan Ave, San Jose, 95112 - (408) 289-9442
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The seal that you have looks the same as mine. My gasket material started out round. I think you will find that your's is the same. I have not had much luck finding more of it. But the boat did come with about 50' when I bought it. I am going to call Steel rubber and see if they make it.
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Ditto what Irwinsailor says. Gaskets do start out round. I had the same confusion with mine (Beckson Ports). They sent me replacement gaskets that I thought would not fit. I even called the company. As it turs out, they collapse down over time and become flat. Best to not screw the dogs down too far and crush them. I found that you should only tighten them enough to create a watertight seal. Then... if that number of turns doesn't work over time, you should add an extra turn. Just don't crank them down tight from the get-go. It shortens the life of the gasket.
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A good trick for gaskets and rubber trim in general is to apply ArmorAll once or twice a year. It's not the only product, but it is a good one. Rubber and plastics all have volatiles in them, all oxidize, and the treatment replaces the volatiles and seals the surface to prevent oxidation which degrade them. Keeps them soft and working way, way, longer.

Just don't get the stuff on painted plastic surfaces, eventually it can loosen the bond with the paint (i.e. painted vinyl trim) and it has been accused of loosening glued seams in inflateables as well. AFAIK not proved--but certainly possible.

Much cheaper than replacing gaskets, too.
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