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Old 18-11-2020, 16:22   #136
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Windows in progress with the U channel.

After pulling it off the test panel, I have plenty of confidence in, at least, the near term suitability of those adhesives.

The aluminum bent and broke apart and it pulled some epoxy fiberglass apart upon ripping it off.

I started sticking the U channel tracks to hold the windows on. Created plenty of textures for it to stick well.

Here are the pics.
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Chotu.

Just that you aware of this:

Do Liquid Nails adhesive products resist water?

Liquid Nails adhesive products resist water penetration. However, none of our products should be used below the waterline or immersed in water for long periods of time (e.g., pools, aquariums). To find the right product for your project please click the link below.See All Products

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Success. This stuff bonds like crazy. Wow.

On the wooden pieces, it tore the resin off from the wood. What you see is the resin still stuck to the adhesive and the wood ripped from the resin.

On the aluminum pieces, I canít get them off. Itís bending the aluminum.
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Chotu.

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Do Liquid Nails adhesive products resist water?

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I’m sorry, did you think I was installing seacocks with this?

I’m installing trim pieces, cleats for cabinetry, etc. If these are spending time below the waterline I have a lot bigger problems to worry about. That would me my cat has capsized.
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No but you seem to be very excited about your epoxy alternative (which seems great) and people get all sorts of funny ideas when they are excited :-)

Not saying you do, but you might, and for others reading your thread it might be valuable info too.

Good luck with the project. Sounds like a cool boat.
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Fiberglass pultrusions have arrived!

These are the roof stiffeners, dinghy davits and various interior support columns, as well as some track for sliding, opening windows.

They were very light! Saved a lot of time on custom fabrication and were probably as much as paying a helper to build them with me.

Of course the laminate quality is also better than anything anyone could accomplish themselves too. They are ran through a hot press to post cure as they are pultruded. No rot, no decay, will last the life of the boat.
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Very nice!!

Can you share the source?

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Very nice!!

Can you share the source?

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You could probably pick some up in person if you wanted to. Local. Ha ha
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Thanks for the link. It looks like good stuff!

We'll be watching this thread, to see how you like it. When it gets your seal of approval, we'll give them a call.

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Replacement window for the one lost when VHB and 795 gave out over the summer.

It’s nice to see a new window in. It was getting kind of depressing looking at all the old ones that Florida mold destroyed by eating away the polycarbonate.

First prepping it and painting it.
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Then install it into the tracks.

Other than sealing the front edge (that thread is still ongoing), it’s done!

Much relieved to have mechanical tracks holding this on so I don’t have to worry about it coming off again.

The rain from the roof goes over the track, which is bonded to the hull, then down the face of the polycarbonate, then overboard.

Hey be been ignoring the mold on the decks while working. It looks sooo bad in pics. Wow.

Once I get more boat done and will be walking on them less, I’ll get them all white looking again.
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That looks Awesome! Nice job!

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That looks Awesome! Nice job!

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Thank you!

They once all looked like this. A long road back from leaving a boat unattended for years.
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Thank you!

They once all looked like this. A long road back from leaving a boat unattended for years.
Looks great, A $120-00 High Pressure car washer will take all that grime off your boat,

Took me 3 days with a Pressure washer to make my whole boat look pristine again after 8 years of accumulated Grime, Mould, Dirt, Green Slime, Etc Etc,
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Looks great, A $120-00 High Pressure car washer will take all that grime off your boat,

Took me 3 days with a Pressure washer to make my whole boat look pristine again after 8 years of accumulated Grime, Mould, Dirt, Green Slime, Etc Etc,
That wonít chip the paint off?

I was thinking of using a bucket with bleach and soap.
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That won’t chip the paint off?

I was thinking of using a bucket with bleach and soap.
Soft scrub with bleach is my go to for getting winter grime off the decks. Careful use of a pressure washer is fine too, but use a wide angle tip and don't get too close (just enough to take the grime off). And try not to blast any sealed hardware.
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