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Old 02-05-2010, 05:48 PM   #1
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Plexiglass?

Where can I get some on the south side (need a 8" X 8" piece for light/license bracket) and what's the easiest way to bend (torch)?
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:52 PM   #2
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i bought a 1' X 2' X 1/4" (rough dimensions, as it was about a year ago) piece at homedepot for $7 or $8 i believe.

I am not sure on the bending as I didn't attempt it.
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Where can I get some on the south side (need a 8" X 8" piece for light/license bracket) and what's the easiest way to bend (torch)?
Home Depot carries it. Don't torch it, it'll bubble on you. Use a heat gun.
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OK, where can I get a heat gun?
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home depot when your buyin the plexi....doi
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we used to put it in the microwave to shape it. caution...only for very short intervals, you might want to avoid the vapors and if left in too long it can catch fire...doi
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home depot or lowes. heat gun will be about $30, plexiglass is about $10
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my family has owned and operated a plastic fabrication shop on the north side of town for 40 years... they can do just about anything and everything you would need like; custom design, fabrication, machining, bending, welding, cutting all types of polymers (plex/acrylic-polycarbonate-polyethelene-polypro-pvc-cpvc-kynar-abs-etc. but not limited just to polymers. they can custom fabricate or machine metals as well...so if anyone is interested just PM me and we can go from there... thanks and have a great day..
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hey capt

do you think that plex is too brittle?
and maybe lexan or some other polycarbonate would be better suited?



and a propane torch works good to bend

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Old 02-06-2010, 04:59 PM   #14
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hey marty... well it depends on several factors.. polycarbonate/lexan is UV stable so it will not become brittle as the sun hits it over time.. some types and brands of acrylic/plex are UV stable and some are not.. and also with acrylic, you must be very cautious as to what type of cleaning liquids are used.. main thing to remember with acrylic is that never let a drop of alcohol of any kind denatured or otherwise touch it.. or at ever bend and stress place on it will crater into zillions of little tiny cracks.. and will just fall apart quickly... lexan/polycarb is a better choice for most applications.. it can be bent to any angle.. we use special heat strips for that.. plus acrylic tends to bubble alot at the heat point if you are not careful to balance heat slowly and evenly...and polycarb tends to heat better and is much stronger and resistant to shocks of any kind.. acrylic will crack at the weak points which are usually at the bends and or around drilled holes if its to be mounted like that...also remember some plastics and even with acrylic or polycarbonate.. produce fumes that are nasty to breath and can form sulphuric acid in your lungs.. so you got to be in an areas that not inclosed but also no air moving over the part.. so its heats evenly... i may be getting to heavy here when i don't have much of an idea of the basic shape the finished piece needs to be... it very well may be an easy cheesy type puiece to knock out without any issues..but i think i can safely say that polycarb is the proper choice and not acrylic...
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I have crafted and designed many projects from various types of plastic
for the sign industry and others-- backlighted, embossed, incised, etched, flame polished,...............................

and I thought the polycarbonate would be a better choice.





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Regal Plastic on Wirt Rd, it's not on the side of town your asking about but it's a good place to find some materials from.
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I plan on doing something similiar to this.


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if you go to harbor freight they have a heat gun for 10 bucks .its on 45 at west road pass the light on the right by burger king
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one cool thing about acrylic though is that you can polish the edges with a flame torch and then embed an led into it and it will glow all purdee at night .. jason, what you posted would be relatively easy to do... and to get the polish just scrape the edges smooth with a blade then a quick pass with a torch will make em like glass... the 2 bends and the hole dimensions are easy cheesy...
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Hey captain. I have a headlight 600rr that is plastic. Put some chemical on it to clean (stupid me) and now the lens is dulled. Is there anyway to polish it back ? :(
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