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sail16 posted 06-16-2015 05:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for sail16   Send Email to sail16  
I am about done with my complete restoration of the combined sidelight for for my 1988 Montauk.

The one question to be resolved is how to adhere the new lens to the top portion of the fixture. The old and clouded lens was firmly affixed with some form of adhesive. Sue at Twin Cities Marine was not sure what to use but reached out to Perko and Boston Whaler. Perko said no adhesive is necessary and Boston Whaler declined to give a recommendation.

It seems that preventing water intrusion would be important and that some form of adhesive and sealant would be critical. That said, it would need to be high temperature tolerant and safe for chrome and plastic.

Does anyone know what adhesive was originally used? If not, any recommendations?

jimh posted 06-16-2015 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
RTV Silicone.

DauntyDave posted 06-17-2015 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for DauntyDave  Send Email to DauntyDave     
Boat Life Marine Silicone Rubber part #1140 available at Defender Marine on line or your local marine hardware for would be a good choice. This is a clear silicone product so if you get a little on the chrome or lens it won't show. Boat Life products have an excellent reputation. It's probably a much more durable choice in a convenient size package than you will find in a regular hardware store. My last restoration project was a 1965 Chris Craft 20ft fiberglass Sea Skiff hull #12 of only 80 built that now belongs to the president of the Antique Classic Boat Society and debuted at the ACBS Fall Classic at Lake Skaneateles, NY. I used Boat Life products to bed all the deck fittings on that boat. More recently I bought a 2007 Whaler 180 Dauntless and a couple of weekends ago I used white Boat Life Marine Silicone Rubber to replace missing silicone caulk on the stern kick up area of the rub rail where the rub rail has a hard time following the sharp curvature of the fiberglass gunwale. It did a really nice job.


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