Yes, we have replaced the acrylic
and gaskets on our Goiot hatches and port lights. It was fairly easy to do, a little time-consuming, but worth it. All the hatches and ports
are water-tight now. And it was significantly less expensive than replacing the entire hatch or port.
- We dug out the old gaskets and adhesive
with a pick and needle nose pliers, used a bronze
or stainless steel
wire brush to get the smaller pieces of gasket and gasket adhesive
, then used a fine grit sandpaper to get any remaining tiny particles. We then cleaned the surface with acetone or alcohol (can't remember which - be SURE to read the instructions on the adhesive product!) then laid down a bead of Sikaflex 295 UV and pressed in the gasket.
Sourcing the gasket was a challenge, but we eventually found our needed sizes on the internet
Once the gasket was almost in, we cut it to the correct length and sealed the ends of the gasket together with a dab of Sikaflex and let it all cure. Obviously, you need a stretch of dry weather
, as the ports
and hatches can't be closed until the adhesive has had time to dry.
- To make a paper pattern for the new acrylic
, we removed the handles, then placed brown paper over the entire hatch in the closed position. We taped the paper to the surrounding surfaces to keep it from moving and then carefully traced the outside edge and the holes of existing acrylic. We cut out the pattern and holes precisely and confirmed the exact fit.
We used a razor knife to cut the adhesive and then popped out the old acrylic. We measured the thickness of the acrylic once we had the old pieces removed. We took the patterns to Multi-craft Plastics in Tigard, Oregon
to have new acrylic pieces made. There were several different types and colors of material to choose from.
Before installing the new acrylic with Sikaflex 295 UV, we cleaned the rims like we did for the port gaskets.
- We removed the port light handles and cleaned the threads with a bronze
or stainless steel
brush, then applied a lubricant to the threads.
the frame before you install the adhesive and new gasket or acrylic is the key. Do it right, and they won't leak a drop.
Hope this helps!