I'm replacing the 4 badly crazed Lewmar opening port light plexi lenses this summer. The 4 fixed Lewmar portlights along the hull are in good shape and don't seem to need any servicing. I'm also considering replacing the 2 long (fixed) plexi windows located on either side of the cabing top. These seem to be adhered to the outer wall of the cabin top with some kind of black adhesive/sealant.
I'm curious to know whether anyone has had any experience doing this on a MKII. It would be great if these could be removed intact so they could be used as a template to cut out their replacements.
In considering this, my questions would be:
1) What is the best way to remove them without damaging them or the surrounding gelcoat...? (I'm sure there's a bit of brute force required here along with other techniques which might include heat... careful prying, etc...)
2) What sealant did Catalina use? Apparantly, it's pretty good. What products are good for cleaning up the old stuff?
3) Has anyone in this forum done this successfully and have they documented the adventure to share it.
Peter F. Ottawa Canada