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Old 08-07-2008, 10:40 AM   #255 (permalink)
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Lenny - '01 Acura EL Touring
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I recently (Yesterday) used Lexan to make some covers for the lower grille on my car (Acura EL) and they're crystal clear for the most part. The stuff's pretty similar to plexiglass so I'm sure you can use the same technique as I did, just a heat gun and some work gloves will let you curve the edges if you want to smooth it out into the sheet metal. (the stuff gets really hot though, felt like my fingers were on fire most of the time even with the gloves on so try to find some thick gloves).

Hopefully it will stay fairly clear with sun exposure, etc...

I wouldnt suggest trying to curve the entire sheet though to make a curved window by hand... you'd be better off maybe shoving the thing in the oven at a low temp to uniformly warm it up, and have it rest on a curved surface that matches the curve you want.

This was my first time working with Lexan other that watching the guy at my local machine shop use some with a heat gun (that's where i got it) so I'm no expert on the stuff or whether the oven is a good idea. Anyone have any thoughts?

I agree with KJSatz, car looks pretty BA, can't wait to see how it turns out!
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