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Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« 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.
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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2018, 02:51:40 PM »

Jim : Why not ask that question of Catalina @ 727-544-6681 (Warren Tandy)!!

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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 06:32:53 AM »

I took the old window to glass shop and asked to duplicate.

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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 08:18:18 AM »

Kevin - how did you cut the bevels in the new acrylic?
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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2018, 07:16:34 AM »

   Noah,

      No bevels, the windows are straight cut on the Mk1, at least on my Mk1.
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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #6 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
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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #7 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.
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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #8 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
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Re: Shade of smoke plexiglass for fixed cabin windows
« Reply #9 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.
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