Windshield reseal?

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  1. West Coast

    West Coast New Member

    13
    Feb 12, 2019
    Vancouver BC
    1998 Sea Ray 400 sedan Bridge
    cat 3116
    Has anyone ever reseated the front windshield on their boat? I have a Sea Ray Sedan 400 and the front windshield has a small leak. The previous owner tried to reseal it with caulking but had No success. I would like to have it done properly and not sure where to start.Wondering if anyone else has had this done? Thanks for your assistance.
     
  2. mquiet

    mquiet Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    I hate those windows. I have had multiple leaks and just try to reseal. I'm afraid to ask what it would cost at a boat yard. I would glass the whole thing in if I thought someone else would like it that way. The Ocean causes too much twisting and pops the seal.
     
  3. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Yes, I've resealed mine and two other 400DB front windows. It's a terrible window design. But resealing is not hard, just tedious. You will need to buy 55' of the rubber trim (part number 8319400) from Taylor Made to re-trim it after you seal it. Use a good window sealant, don't use the 100% silicone stuff. I posted the experience here somewhere. I'll try to find it and post it here. But basically:

    1. Pull off old trim
    2. Scrape old sealant out from frame to glass channel to just below glass level and frame top. Don't clean out the whole channel. Just go down enough to make room for new sealant. The remaining old stuff will be needed filler.
    3. Apply new sealant creating bond between metal frame and glass, overlapping the top of glass a bit
    4. Install new trim. Miter the corners and put sealant under the corners to bind them to window to help keep them from shrinking over time. Run a bead of black sealant overtop the miter to bond them together and for cosmetics.

    Note: The window sits on a foam cushion that is visible from the inside. This is not a seal. It is porous. Do not try to do any sealing from the inside.

    Note: I used OSI Quad Max in black

    Note: Plastic tabs hold the window to the frame. In some places the tab may not be flat against the glass, but angled up pushing the trim away from the glass. The tab is soft enough to cut away that part, with a utility knife, that's sticking up serving no purpose put deform the trim.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2020
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  4. West Coast

    West Coast New Member

    13
    Feb 12, 2019
    Vancouver BC
    1998 Sea Ray 400 sedan Bridge
    cat 3116
    Thank you,this is great information! I have a call in to a marine glass guy I found and will see what he says. I didn't really think it was a DIY kind of job but I may tackle it myself after reading your detailed post. Thanks again!
     
  5. mquiet

    mquiet Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    Please post what the glass guy thinks the estimated cost will be. I might go this route next.
     
  6. West Coast

    West Coast New Member

    13
    Feb 12, 2019
    Vancouver BC
    1998 Sea Ray 400 sedan Bridge
    cat 3116
    I will post after I discuss with him.
    Thanks
     

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