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Old 02-23-2009, 01:35 PM
Finley Atherton Finley Atherton is offline
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:57 PM
170 driver 170 driver is offline
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Several photos of my sealing method in here,,,proseal B2 sandable and paintable,,,Gulfstream does it this way.
Jim Poe
RV9 First Flight 2/23/09
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:57 PM
drew4161 drew4161 is offline
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I ordered a foam c shaped door seal from Steele rubber that works great. It does "roll" a bit as the canopy is closed but that is what it is designed to do (think car door). I believe it is 5/16in tall so it compresses 1/8in down and forward. Probably not the most elegant solution but it does keep the water out. The proseal idea looks pretty good too. I can find the part number from steele if someone needs it.

Drew Hughes
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:45 PM
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I have had 2 occasions where I was caught on the flightline in a gullywasher (once with hail ). My new plane leaked like a sieve.

I have sealed all the "easy places", leaving the tip up leading edge for last.
The following is what I recommend for new RV7 builders:
DO NOT FOLLOW VAN INSTRUCTIONS ON DWG 24 by cutting the seal support into 3 pieces. It can be made in one piece, with two slots for the canopy hinges.

I did cut mine originally (but diff from vans and it still leaked). Below I show how I restored that missing cutout and now have a continuous seal on the front.


HERE IS ONE IN PLACE before I drilled and riveted


SPLICED IN THE VANS SUPPLIED GASKET to make it "continuous".

The canopy hinges fit fine in both closed and open positions.
I have not flown or sat in rain since this, but I have high expectations.
Bill Pendergrass
ME/AE '82
RV-7A: Flying since April 15, 2012. 850 hrs
YIO-360-M1B, mags, CS, GRT EX and WS H1s & A/P, Navworx
Unpainted, polished....kinda'... Eyeballin' vinyl really hard.
Yeah. The boss got a Silhouette Cameo 4 Xmas 2019.
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