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Title: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: Hugh17 on December 10, 2018, 01:47:52 PM
I've plowed through most of the message threads and TechWiki posts on replacing the fixed cabin windows but what I haven't found is a mention of the exact shade of smoked Plexiglas. Does anyone know? If necessary I can order some samples and try to match as close as possible.
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: Ron Hill on December 10, 2018, 02:51:40 PM
Jim : Why not ask that question of Catalina @ 727-544-6681 (Warren Tandy)!!

A thought
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: sailr4 on December 12, 2018, 06:32:53 AM
I took the old window to glass shop and asked to duplicate.

Rob
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: scgunner on December 12, 2018, 07:26:17 AM
   James,

     When I replaced the windows on Top Gun I just found a plexiglass manufacturer on the internet. They sent me samples of the different shades of their plexiglass and I just ordered the one that matched the existing windows. I used the originals as a template and just cut and installed the new windows. It was rather involved but fairly simple. I assume you want to replace your windows, like me, because of the crazing.
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: Noah on December 12, 2018, 08:18:18 AM
Kevin - how did you cut the bevels in the new acrylic?
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: scgunner on December 13, 2018, 07:16:34 AM
   Noah,

      No bevels, the windows are straight cut on the Mk1, at least on my Mk1.
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: Noah on December 13, 2018, 09:30:01 AM
That seems unsual to me. My undertanding is that all C34 OEM fixed side portslights/windows have a beveled edge. Mine do.There is a factory drawing in the tech wiki.
http://www.c34.org/wiki/index.php?title=Instructions_for_replacing_large_fixed_side_windows
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: scgunner on December 14, 2018, 07:43:48 AM
     Well that's interesting, it certainly shows beveled windows. It's been a few years since I replaced my windows but I don't recall having to bevel the windows before installation, however if I did, based on the equipment I have in my shop I would have used a router with a 45 degree bit to make that cut.
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: oldcatsailor on December 14, 2018, 09:58:39 AM
When my port window above the chart met an anchor and lost called Catalina they had replacement sent from their manufacturer cost about 85$
 Dow 495 sealant and no leaks 4 years 1990 mk1.5
Title: Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
Post by: Hugh17 on December 17, 2018, 02:50:16 AM
What's the thoughts on Plexiglass/Acrylic versus Lexan/Polycarbonate? I've read on some other discussion groups and there seems to be a split opinion on which is best.