I am about ready to install some largish frameless acrylic
portlights/windows on my boat
and am looking for other people's experience with this particular type of installation
I plan on following these instructions: Hints For Replacing & Sealing Acrylic Boat Windows | THE PLASTIC SPORK BLOG
it is sort of a modified version of the method that has been discussed here. instead of using the tape, it relies on the Sikaflex for the whole bond. The Sexy Windows article even mentioned in the updates that he might go this route
of not using the tape.
My biggest concern was that the bond is only as good as the paint
on the cabinside, so I plan on grinding off all of the paint
under the windows so it will be bonded directly onto the gelcoat
Of course the alternative would be to thru-bolt the ports
, still using the Sikaflex with spacers. However, the methods in the links above are designed so that no fasteners are needed, which is where leaks
seem to show up.
Has anyone had experience good or bad with bonding ports
without fasteners or tape?