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Replacing Windows & Hatches Glued Windows
Since we presented a 'recipe' for gluing windows back into later Mark III's, IV's and V's using methacrylate (the original material), Sikkens has introduced a bonding agent ('glue' doesn't seem quite the right word) specifically intended to fix hatches, Sikaflex 295 UV and associated cleaners and primers, and it seems an obvious candidate for fixing our portlights. As noted on the first page of this section, a hatch-fix in 2007 and a small and large-portlight-fix in 2008 indicate it's a durable solution not yet up there with the 20+ years of methacrylate, but encouraging. Moreover, it's inexpensive in dollars and hassle. True, the preparatory work is time-consuming but no special applicator is needed, Sikaflex is widely available and the material costs are quite reasonable.
This page provides photos taken by Josh Hynes of Betty Boop when he did his windows in August, 2009.
"No tricks here just elbow grease and money. Persistence was key as the old adhesive will come off. The right tools help, too.
An easy 2-day job!"
– Josh Hynes,
Postscript: Seven years later, the windows are still watertight and "holding up perfectly:".