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OmegaBunny
11-04-2011, 05:27 PM
Where is the best place online to buy custom cut lexan or plexiglass? Thinking about doing a false floor for my amps and would like to cover the amps in clear plastic. Also what thickness would be good? I was thinking 1/4".

Wingsfreak9
11-04-2011, 05:35 PM
I work at ace hardware and we sell 1/8 inch plexiglass cut to whatever size you need. most hardware stores or home depots will cut u plexi

OmegaBunny
11-04-2011, 05:41 PM
How strong is 1/8"

Wingsfreak9
11-04-2011, 05:45 PM
it's strong but it's pretty flexable

OmegaBunny
11-04-2011, 05:57 PM
Might need something a little thick that doesn't flex much. All piece are going to be 7" x various lengths, so it might not flex much since its not that wide. Any other thoughts?

Louisiana_CRX
11-04-2011, 05:59 PM
1/2 should be thick enough

Louisiana_CRX
11-04-2011, 06:00 PM
and get lexan instead of plexi...a lot of sign and glass shops can cut it...some sign shops can laser engrave it also

OmegaBunny
11-04-2011, 06:02 PM
lol 1/2" is expensive. Fould be cool to get it engraved though.

Louisiana_CRX
11-04-2011, 06:14 PM
you can cut lexan yourself...its pretty easy...

pro-rabbit
11-04-2011, 06:29 PM
Depending on how you do it you can go with a rather thin piece. When I use it for amp racks and such I built a wooden trim panel with open areas where the amps go and place the lexan or plexi there. I also normally frost or engrave a design and use some neon to make the design glow.

OmegaBunny
11-04-2011, 07:01 PM
How do you cut it? And how do you frost and engrave it? Larger sheets are just as cheap as cut pieces so I can save some money by cutting it myself.

needthat22
11-04-2011, 07:04 PM
the best place to buy online is ridout plastics in california decent pricing they will do engraving if u like or just plain cut to your size!!!

06goat
11-04-2011, 07:28 PM
Could use a die grinder or even a dremel. You want 1/4", 1/8" will flex and sag if anything needs to be set on top of it. PM me i have some that I could possibly cut and ship to you for cheaper than what youd pay anywhere else.

DDSC
11-07-2011, 12:25 AM
how thick would you need for a box??

Nico Koutouzis
11-07-2011, 12:34 AM
I have done lots of research for a build I'm doing. I would say 3/4 for a box and 1/4 for windows or 1/8 if u get them secured and nothing on top of them. The absolute cheapest place is freckle face.... Look on Google for it. It beats everyone by 10 bucks or more.

slammedincouch
11-07-2011, 01:12 AM
Make sure you read up on screwing into it. Need to be careful you don't melt it while you're drilling into it!

OmegaBunny
11-07-2011, 02:09 PM
how thick would you need for a box??

I an going to do windows that may have to hold weight at some point so I was looking at 1/4. The length may be up to 20" but the width will be relatively small, probably no larger than 8" so I think the 1/4" will be strong enough. If I was doing a larger area I might move up to 1/2" to 3/4".

pro-rabbit
11-07-2011, 02:12 PM
Using 1/4" is easy. There are some tricks to making amp racks so you don't even have to screw the plexi if you don't want to.

rallystang
11-07-2011, 02:43 PM
Check out ebay, there are a couple folks that CUT FOR FREE straight cuts only, up to 5 cuts. Up to 1/2" or 1" lexan. I use 1/2 for windows and such, 1" is best but 1/2 works for me.

OmegaBunny
11-07-2011, 04:02 PM
That Freckle face is really cheap and the shipping isn't bad either.

OmegaBunny
11-07-2011, 10:31 PM
Alright I ordered a 1/4" thick 12" x 24" piece of lexan from Amazon for $19.99 and free shipping. I would think that should be more than enough. I also ordered a etched glass film to cover it and then I will cut-out a logo or design. Also purchased were 16' of blue 12v LED's and some industrial velcro. I think I have everything needed to build my false floor.

Now I need an idea for my a logo. Any suggestions?

Also, anyone use the etched glass film?

pro-rabbit
11-07-2011, 11:48 PM
Alright I ordered a 1/4" thick 12" x 24" piece of lexan from Amazon for $19.99 and free shipping. I would think that should be more than enough. I also ordered a etched glass film to cover it and then I will cut-out a logo or design. Also purchased were 16' of blue 12v LED's and some industrial velcro. I think I have everything needed to build my false floor.

Now I need an idea for my a logo. Any suggestions?

Also, anyone use the etched glass film?

Same logo I did for you maybe?

OmegaBunny
11-07-2011, 11:54 PM
I was thinking about that or doing my OmegaBunny in graffiti. Has anyone used the frosted film?

pro-rabbit
11-08-2011, 10:40 AM
I never used the film. Looks easy to use though.

OmegaBunny
11-08-2011, 01:32 PM
Seems easy enough to use. Hopefully I will have good results. I think I might do three pieces, the center piece will be an omega symbol, to the left and right will be the fj logo. I think it will look nice. Any other suggestions or ideas?

Nut Hair Trick
11-08-2011, 01:47 PM
This is the place I use
estreetplastics.com (http://www.estreetplastics.com/)
They have excellent prices and have pre-cut sizes. They will custom cut sizes for you too.

Nut Hair Trick
11-08-2011, 01:55 PM
To drill holes, you just have to do it at a slow PM. Lube the bit up frequently with dawn or palmolive and dip it in a cup of water. This works for me, I'm sure there's other ways.

OmegaBunny
11-08-2011, 07:23 PM
I don't think I will need to drill. What I plan to do is rabbet a edge for the 1/4" lexan to sit on 1/4" deep, then make a 1/4" piece of trim to sit on top to hold it down. Once covered with carpet you shouldn't be able to see the top trim, it will just look like the lexan is recessed a 1/4".

Another though I had was to rabbet a 1/2" w x 1/2" h ledge and glue the lexan down that way it sits flush. Dunno for sure but I will experiment and see what I like best.

OmegaBunny
11-08-2011, 07:27 PM
My biggest concern is cutting the lexan. Should I use a circular saw or my table saw? Fine tooth blade, plastic blade? They have plastic non-melting blades but I'm not investing the money for one of those blades for 3 or 4 cuts. What do you all use?