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Have you ever seen a crocodile seats in the truck
Turn around sit it down and let 'em bite your butt
See the steering wheel is Fendi, dashboard Armani
With your baby momma player, is where you can find me?
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I was going to use the same hdpe stuff for the fenders on the front but going to heat shape acrylic instead
Heat shape acrylic you say? What manner of sorcery is this?

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just heat and bend really. This is a peice i tested the other day, about 3/8" thick. Took a while to heat with a heat gun, then just bent in by pressing pretty hard against the counter. It stay's perfectly clear as long as you dont overheat and boil it

 

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How scratch resistant is it? Seems like a good way to form some tricky windshield curves.

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not scrathc resistant at all really. Acrylic is plexiglass. People have formed it in ovens by heating it to a point were it "lays" but thats a fine line. By the time it lays on its own, its almost ready to boil. Heating it to say 200F you can manually bend it pretty low risk, laying takes like 400 or so
 

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Ted you might be thinking of polycarbonate "lexan" that's more common used for windows.
Ahh I wasn't sure if acrylic was another name for lexan. Can lexan be manipulated with heat like acrylic?

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I actually had my brain backwards so thanks for getting me to look it up. Acrylic (plexiglass) is very clear and has ok scratch resistance. Poly-carbonate (lexan) is cold and heat formable, almost indestructible and easier to drill and cut without issues. So im going to be buying polycarbonate for the panels.
 

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I actually had my brain backwards so thanks for getting me to look it up. Acrylic (plexiglass) is very clear and has ok scratch resistance. Poly-carbonate (lexan) is cold and heat formable, almost indestructible and easier to drill and cut without issues. So im going to be buying polycarbonate for the panels.
Glad I could help haha. So I assume the draw back of polycarbonate is its lack of clarity?

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Glad I could help haha. So I assume the draw back of polycarbonate is its lack of clarity?

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Its still pretty clear, i guess it just scratches easier. Safety glasses are typically made of polycarbonate to give you an idea of its life resistance
 

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Both are clear, but acrylic is definitely tougher to work with if you need to drill holes. On the water jet, I have to pre-drill the holes prior to cutting otherwise they will blow out and chip.
 
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