Looking for some advice on which adhesive to use in this situation.
I have an aluminum plate that I want to use to replace the rear drivers side window on my passenger RB Ford. I like the look of it and will have cabinets behind this window anyway. See 1st and 2nd attached photo. Would like to mount some l track on the plate and possibly use it as a storage option. I’m taking inspiration from this product from Vanoganlife:
Vanagon Overland Window - V.O.W ‚€” VANAGONLIFE
If I use the included gasket the plate sits in further than the other windows. I don’t like the way this looks. The glass window and aluminum plate are the same thickness. The original glass window has a larger gasket made of a hard rubber. That gasket is permenantly attached to the glass. The gasket has bolts embedded inside that attach the window to the van. Ford uses butyl tape to seal the inside of that gasket to the van body. I thought it would be better to use one of the original gaskets. I went to the junk yard and cut one off an older window. I pulled the bolts out. I now need to attach the whole assembly to the van. The aluminum plate has exterior holes. I will bolt through the plate, gasket, and van body. I have butyl tape to go between the gasket and the van just like Ford uses.
The question I need help with is what to use between the gasket and the aluminum plate. The van side of the gasket has a channel in which the butyl tape can sit. The plate side is a little rough from the cutting process. See photos 3 and 4. I thought of making a small channel in that side like the van side and using butyl to seal it. I question wether that is a good idea. Thought I should check with you all and see what you think. Is there a better way to seal the gasket to the aluminum plate?
Thank you all for your help. Very much appreciate all the great advice I’ve gathered from this forum.