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Old 09-03-2015, 10:53 AM   #31
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Count me impressed as I was trying to figure out how you did it also.

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What a good question, luckily the rubber gasket has been falling off and I can push it on with my hand. Easy inspection of the bond between layers!

I was going to fold a point setting matchbook and count the layers but thought the hardware combination would impress you.
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Old 09-03-2015, 04:41 PM   #32
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Ok, here is the latest. Using my gunsmith neighbor's micrometer:

Left side of door opening:

at 6" .184 inches thick
at 8" .186

Right side:

at 6" .161
at 8" .172

These measurements were taken right near the gasket and before the bevel created by ETI that the gasket material covers.

This seems to be thin to me to be forming a door stop and pressure from the door gasket and might explain why after many door closings, the flexing in this area has created cracks in the gel coat. These measurements seem to be considerably less than what Ron measured on his 2014 19. Any other thoughts??
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:14 PM   #33
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I think it's safe to say that your's is definitely on the thin side for two layers of laminate. While the extra foam ETI added may not make the door hard to close it might be giving an extra little push to the affected area. Put the two together and maybe it equals stress cracks.

At any rate, since ETI will deal with it you can have a worry free holiday. Have a good trip.

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