Sealing up a sunroof

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Sealing up a sunroof

Postby el sketcho » 01 Mar 2009, 18:20

My van has a sunroof that the pop top roof has been fitted over, I want to seal this up and replace the headlining so you can't see the glass, but I can't get the glass out so what I'm thinking of doing is, with all the hinges and latch in place run a bead of gripfill or no nails around where the glass meets the seal, let this cure then remove the hinges and latch.
Does this sound like a stupid idea and if so can anyone give me some pointers of what else I could do instead?

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Re: Sealing up a sunroof

Postby munnyella » 01 Mar 2009, 19:40

Personally, I would use a silicone, rather than gripfill, deffo not `no nails`

I should be able to tell you what sort of silcone to use (I am a UPVC window repair specialist) but am unsure `cos of the rubber seal, general purpose should cover it.

I am assuming it's weather sealed from the pop top?

Lots of others on here may recommend `sikaflex' and the like, I have no experience of this type of stuff (yet!!) so let them guide you aswell.

If you are re doing the head lining, and its covered from above, take the whole unit out and flog it?

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Re: Sealing up a sunroof

Postby el sketcho » 01 Mar 2009, 19:58

It's cover from above. Don't think it's entirely weather-proof as the luggage bit at the front of the pop top roof has drain holes in it. I was originally gonna take the glass out but I've got no room to play with there. I'm gonna strip out all of the other stuff for the sunroof so with the new head lining you shouldn't be able to notice unless you know it's there.
I think I've got some clear bathroom sealant here, what do you reckon?
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Re: Sealing up a sunroof

Postby sezicoolcat » 01 Mar 2009, 20:03

Hi Andy,

You have a Holdsworth roof and I also have those "drain holes" in my luggage area on my roof, so I guess they're there by design - not because yours has a prob :ok

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Re: Sealing up a sunroof

Postby munnyella » 01 Mar 2009, 20:13

Hi

Should be ok with the bathroom sealant, as long as its silicone based, don't use it if its not, wont last.

Put a bead on the seal before you close it for the last time, then apply liberally, wet your finger (spit is ideal) before working the gunk arount the joint (or use a pair of `bottom inspector' gloves) make sure you have lots of old rag to clean your hands with `at the ẁork area' not outside the van, it sticks like Sh!t to a blanket!

Wetting your finger make the silicone smooth better and helps keep your hand cleaner

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