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Old 01-11-2010, 19:11   #1
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Bending Lexan - Houston?

I am making a new slider and have purchased a piece of Lexan the proper size but need to have an arch put in it. Does anyone know of a shop in Austin or Houston that does this work? Thanks.

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I can't help with a shop, but I have a friend that makes windows for old Porsches from lexan.
He lays the plastic on the glass that he wants to copy and puts it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, just like a cake.
He built a big oven out of plywood, fiberglass insulation, a thermostat out of an old stove and some BBQ parts.
Apparently the substrate must be clean and smooth or marks will transfer.
This may not apply to you but some might find it interesting. If you can make the curve, any powdercoating shop will have the oven you need, probably for free or maybe $20.00.

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I bent mine over a wood former using a blowlamp ( very carefully)
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I may have to do it myself (the powdercoating shop oven sounds like a possibility too). I have the piece that I am trying to replace, so building a plywood template would not be difficult.

Thanks for the tips
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