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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-03-2011, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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looking for clear or smoked lexan panels

im extending the height of my windshield. i need a sheet of lexan about 1/8" thick by 24"x 24".

anywhere i can find this locally?

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Not sure if they have Lexan, but I was able to get sheets of 1/8" ABS from them for a project.

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mcmaster has it, vern youll want a polycarbonate(lexan being a commercial name)
stay away from acrylic though since it fractures quite easily

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I would check Ace and Home Depot. I bought some there before, not the plexi glass. I believe its called lexan at home depot.
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another reason you need to ensure you have polycarbonate(lexan)
is formability,

the lexan is a thermoplastic and will soften with the application of heat, aloowing you to curve the windsheild to the desired shape and upon cooling it will hold that shape


acrylic is a thermoset type(like epoxy) plastic and will not soften, apply more heat adn it will char

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another reason you need to ensure you have polycarbonate(lexan)
is formability,

the lexan is a thermoplastic and will soften with the application of heat, aloowing you to curve the windsheild to the desired shape and upon cooling it will hold that shape


acrylic is a thermoset type(like epoxy) plastic and will not soften, apply more heat adn it will char
Jason, what do you heat it up with to make it bend?

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several ways, the kitchen oven works fine, youll have the experiment on temp settings, but youll be around 300-350
youll want a large smooth cookie sheet to lay it on for the heating process
youre not melting it, just softening it


a heat gun can work as well for spot heating but its not really feasible to heat a large area

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