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Mike McCoy

I haven't got around to it yet but I want/need to remove my portlights as well... one, to recaulk and two, I want to polish the inner half. A big PITA but I think the polished bronze will add a definate degree of 'elegance' to the interior.

I think what Jeff was concerned about (and now me too ;) is accidently peeling off the veneer of the interior mahogany around the portlight.

It's easily done. The PO of my boat mounted some ceramic tiles to basically every bulkhead in the boat with 5200. They ain't coming off without removing the surface veener. Ask me how I know

Yep, I used liberal quantities of 'De-Bond' (a chemical specifically designed to break the adhesion of 5200) trying to 'soak' the 5200 over a course of weeks. A couple small ones came off relatively clean (very light sanding, re-oiling the surface and you can hardly tell they were there) BUT in removing one in the main salon it just took the veneer right off the stb main bulkhead. Well, it was a good place for a magazine rack anyway ;) Now I'm REALLY gunshy about trying to remove the other ones. They're nice.. they just ain't 'me'.

I also removed a plastic 'trash placard' that was affixed right next to the compass (I felt the area could be put to better, more functional use). It was attached via double sided tape. Sure enough, the veneer began seperating from the underlying plywood. Fortunately it was just a short strip directly under the tape that came loose (no tearing of the veneer itself) and I was able to 're-laminate' it properly.

Take care around your mahogany veneer. it's pretty delicate stuff.

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