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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:35 am    Post subject: molding plexiglass Reply with quote

Have a friend building a mid 1970s 17ft race boat with a outboard, I guess hes getting into a drag club???Anyway, Ive been working on trying to get him a smoke windshield for this boat, and finally I got it, I call my buddy in Florida that does custom hot rod building and he told me to make one, he walked me through the process, and its really simple, it was just a matter of making a mold(out of wood), heating the plexi glass to 250degrees, covering the mold with a cotton fabric and draping the very warm plexi glass over the mold, then molding it onto the mold with my hands, make sure you wear cotton gloves, you have about 5 minutes to work with it, I guess depending on the thickness, anyway, I am going to try to make a new glove box door for my stratos, cause its cracked, I will see how that comes out, then maybe I will try my windshields, so any of you guys that cant find a hatch cover, windshield or want to make a custum piece its really simple to do, and you can buy plexiglass in alot of semi transparent colors, not just smoke. And its fairly cheap.
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Old Mud

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Location: Bath, Maine

PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good info Flippy Thanks. !! Cool
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Justin Tralli

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Location: Glastonbury, CT

PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy crap thats cool! I wanna see that! Keep us posted Jim!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just dont over heat! it will bubble and over stretch. if you google northernfiberglass or call them and tell them what your doing, maybe you could get a sample sheet big enough of green peel ply, or get it cheap at least. i work in aviation, but its used in marine as well with composites in the layups. it wont stick and would be a good surface instead of the cotton. i have some smaller pieces if you wanted to try it with the glove box. good luck!
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