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Old 21-05-2014, 09:16   #1
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replacing fixed portlights - painting acrylic

I am doing a refit of my boat's aging fixed portlights by following a process similar to the one suggested by Don Casey at the below sail magazine article.

Replacing Fixed Portlights | Sail Magazine

You can see some photos from my project below.

I have taken out the old windows, plugged the bolt holes, had the acrylic windows cut to shape/size and at this point in time, I am ready for mounting the windows in place.

However, I want to hide the tape/sealant by painting the inside trim edge of the acrylic a solid color. Don Casey recommends the use of a silicone based high temperature exhaust paint. I am wondering if you experts had any specific recommendations as to what paint to use (any brand / model specific?)

Thank you for your help.
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Re: replacing fixed portlights - painting acrylic

Why?

Reason I ask is that during the day, assuming you're using a dark port material, you won't see the cabintop backing anyway.

Only time you'll see the inside edge is when it's dark out at night. And it'll simply be a dark line against the light from inside shining out.

Might save you some work.
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Re: replacing fixed portlights - painting acrylic

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Why?

Reason I ask is that during the day, assuming you're using a dark port material, you won't see the cabintop backing anyway.

Only time you'll see the inside edge is when it's dark out at night. And it'll simply be a dark line against the light from inside shining out.

Might save you some work.
Hi Stu, thank you for your response. You are right about the dark tint hiding the issue but unfortunately I went with crystal clear acrylic
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