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1 hour ago, Crank Yankers Racing said:

I have mine cut at the local glass shop.  Rear was $100 and I am getting the side pieces recut for this year.  I hate cutting lexan and the extra money was worth my time. 

? I just cut it with a jigsaw. Pretty easy, actually. And we're talking Lexan, not plexi. Plexi is very different.

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26 minutes ago, TBone said:

? I just cut it with a jigsaw. Pretty easy, actually. And we're talking Lexan, not plexi. Plexi is very different.

 

I don't have a jigsaw, probably something I should own once we get into the new house/shop.  Just dropped it off and they get it done pretty quickly.  No sweat to me having someone else do it. Last time I cut lexan it gummed up on me as well. 

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3 hours ago, skierman64 said:

https://www.google.com/search?q=where+can+i+buy+lexan&hl=en&authuser=0#hl=en&authuser=0&q=where+can+i+buy+lexan+near+austin+texas

 

There are 3 places just on the front page of google. 

 

Regal Plastics

Austin Plastic Supply

Interstate Plastics

 

Google is your friend. 

 

Plenty of strange small shops in Austin that don't have a website, and if they have they exist in page 3 or so...

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19 hours ago, Crank Yankers Racing said:

 

I don't have a jigsaw, probably something I should own once we get into the new house/shop.  Just dropped it off and they get it done pretty quickly.  No sweat to me having someone else do it. Last time I cut lexan it gummed up on me as well. 

You did not use the correct blade, it's all about the teeth.

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A tip for cutting sheet substrates with a jig saw. Put a piece of thick styrofoam under the substrate and the blade will cut into the foam as well as your work piece. The foam needs to be around 6" - 8" thick, and after you cut up one whole side you can flip it over and use the other side before needing a new piece. It keeps the substrate from bouncing, and it also seems to lubricate the blade with oils from the foam at the same time. You can cut aluminum this way too. I buy 4' x 8' x 8" sheet/block, and it usually last about a year before needing to be replaced. I use bi- metal blades and Bosch jigsaw

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I bought a 4x8 sheet of 1/8 of UV protected polycarbonate from Regal Plastics a couple months ago for around $100.

 

I picked up the 1/8" aluminum flat bar for the rear window from Metals4U in Pflugerville.  Their metal prices are substantially less than Home Depot's.

 

I used plastic specific jig saw blades and drill bits to cut and drill the holes.

 

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On 3/10/2017 at 9:39 PM, MetalFusionSpeedZB said:

A tip for cutting sheet substrates with a jig saw. Put a piece of thick styrofoam under the substrate and the blade will cut into the foam as well as your work piece. The foam needs to be around 6" - 8" thick, and after you cut up one whole side you can flip it over and use the other side before needing a new piece. It keeps the substrate from bouncing, and it also seems to lubricate the blade with oils from the foam at the same time. You can cut aluminum this way too. I buy 4' x 8' x 8" sheet/block, and it usually last about a year before needing to be replaced. I use bi- metal blades and Bosch jigsaw

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Every once in a while I learn something new. Good call sir. 

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On March 11, 2017 at 0:39 AM, MetalFusionSpeedZB said:

A tip for cutting sheet substrates with a jig saw. Put a piece of thick styrofoam under the substrate and the blade will cut into the foam as well as your work piece. The foam needs to be around 6" - 8" thick, and after you cut up one whole side you can flip it over and use the other side before needing a new piece. It keeps the substrate from bouncing, and it also seems to lubricate the blade with oils from the foam at the same time. You can cut aluminum this way too. I buy 4' x 8' x 8" sheet/block, and it usually last about a year before needing to be replaced. I use bi- metal blades and Bosch jigsaw

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This is a great idea. But I will say that cutting lexan always seems to make such a mess with little shavings everywhere. Imagine adding a bunch of little styrofoam shavings too!!:D

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