PE Window corrosion

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PE Window corrosion

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Hey Everyone,

New to the forum. I own a 2016 26' Pacific Explorer purchased in July 2017. I am a victim of the window seals leaking and causing corrosion. I spoke with the factory in hopes they would cover repairing the bad seal and repainting. Unfortunately, they did not. I do have to say they did send me the seals and some touch up paint, so I guess the labor is on me. I'm very handy and even more cheap, so I am planning on doing the repairs myself.
Has anyone done this themselves and is there a video or diagrams?

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Google "Windshield for pre 1988 GM trucks"

I would use the Bead Tool Trick. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pXC1eA8xE4
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Welcome aboard Keith!

I split this out from the other post as it's better to start a new topic than piggyback to an older one. If I remember correctly, paint warranty is limited so not surprised at no coverage, BUT, kudos to Hewescraft for stepping up and providing materials and seals at no cost. 8-)

The bead locking tool mentioned should work with the seals. Be sure to remove and neutralize any corrosion before recoating the surface or you may experience a repeat failure.
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Re: PE Window corrosion

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Thanks for the response from both silverfox and D'oh. Watched the video and I think I can handle. Although I realize now hewescraft did not send any locking bead. Oh well, I sure I can find. Can the old bead be reused? Not worried about cost just correct size.

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Re: PE Window corrosion

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I guess I am not understanding this. If you have a 2017 boat from Hewescraft and you are experiencing window seals leaking and causing corrosion, then unless you are storing your boat under water or otherwise improperly providing normal storage and maintenance, then this should 1000% be totally on Hewes to make right. These boats are supposed to take a lick'n and keep on tick'n. If something as rudimentary as this is failing after a couple of years, then it is clearly in my opinion a design or manufacturing issue. There are literally thousands of Hewes on the water right now that are 10 ands 20 years old that do not have this problem. My 2017 220 OP has none of these issues.

I am really disappointed that Hewes did not step up to the plate and make this right for you at no cost or hassle for you.
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Re: PE Window corrosion

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The joys of mass production!

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3 years and hewes won’t cover it? Crying shame.
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You gotta watch that rubber seal around the windows, where there is a tiny gap in the seal on the bottom of the window, I used some silicon inside and out on this gap on both front and side windows as I noticed very slight corrosion forming at those points. I advise everyone to check their own window seals.

It pays to go around proactively looking for problems like this before they become bigger issues. I agree with you guy's about warranty coverage, and to be honest I was really disappointed by the lack of Tef-Gel on SS screws and repairs I have had to make do to this neglect during factory production.

The joys of mass production indeed, right Eoin.

Let's be clear, I love Hewescraft boats and I pimp them ALL the time.....but like everything else they are not perfect, and there is alway's room for improvement. And like Hunter said, these boats should be able to take a lick'n and keep on tick'n....isn't their moto "Rugged and Reliable" ...right?

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Re: PE Window corrosion

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Keith, just be aware, the single pane tempered glass of your Hewescraft, is more fragile than the Safety Glass laminated windshield. Light but firm pressure.
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Re: PE Window corrosion

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I am also dealing with this issue. The problem seems to be with the original window gasket that was installed. My boat is also a 2016 model.

The gasket seems to allow moisture to get under it, then traps it, which leads to the corrosion. The factory suggested a different upgraded replacement gasket, take note, I have a Pacific Cruiser not Explorer.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NL ... UTF8&psc=1

So far I have done two windows, and watching the rest of the seals carefully.

These are the tools that I have found most helpful.

https://www.trimlok.com/rubber-extrusio ... s/tool-kit
and
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G5 ... e=UTF8&psc

There is an online Trim Lok video which gives installation details for this gasket. Installing the gasket was not hard, it is removing the old silicone bead around the gasket without scratching the paint that I found most difficult, then of course the sanding and painting.

https://www.trimlok.com/lkinstall

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