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Old 08-01-2017, 02:20 AM   #1
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Default Replacing Clear Vinyl of Isinglass

For 1.5 days of labor and $150 in materials, my side panels are replaced and clear again. This is versus $1,100 for new side panels from Leta's Top Shop. Not as perfect, but quite an improvement to get a few more years of service!
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:22 AM   #2
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Not bad at all for the money, who did the work?
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:35 AM   #3
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I did it myself. Laid out the side panels and trimmed down new clear 40 gauge vinyl to match. Used HH-66 vinyl cement on the margins and then trimmed out the old vinyl below the canvas line. I will probably take to someone this off-season to run a Teflon stitch around the perimeters. All materials available through Amazon and I have never done a project like this before.
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Looks great. Did you cut out the old before putting in the new? What material did you use for the windows?

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*Do Not* cut out the old before cementing the new material in place. This keeps the shape of your panels intact. The cement (HH-66) tries in minutes (actual cure is 24 hours, but you don't need to wait for that), so trim out can occur once you finish each panel. I used two seam and screen rollers from Lowes to make sure I had good compression/contact on the cementing margins which made the work go easily.

The material is 40 gauge clear vinyl from Fabric.com purchased via Amazon.com. It took approximately 9 yards at $14/yard to do a four panels with room to spare. As long as you take your time and have a large table (I used the dining room table) to lay out your pieces it is straight-forward.
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Old 08-01-2017, 03:04 AM   #6
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Does this clear vinyl have UV protectant? If not may hold up more than a few years at best but doesn't sound like you're expecting more than that.
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Yes - the seller confirmed it was outdoor and UVA rated. BTW, the vinyl cement has done exceedingly well in the almost 100 degree days (not to mention what the interior temp must have reached). I am planning on adding the perimeter stitch simply because I tend to over-engineer things. This project past muster with a very picky first mate. I will try to submit a few close-up picks this weekend of the cement joints to show how good a solution this is for getting one more lifecycle out of panels. While we bought this boat in May 2015, the side panels are the original equipment. We only replaced the bimini through Leta's.
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Did you cement the new vinyl to the old vinyl or to the canvas material?
Looks great by the way.
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Thanks - and good question. The cement works on vinyl to vinyl contact since it creates a chemical bond. I hope to submit some close-up pics this weekend with a little more detail on the process I used.
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I would love to see those pics as well I'm contemplating doing the same thing...

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