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Anyone used plexiglass or lexan..
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posted 12-11-2001 08:33 PM ET (US)
Has anyone replaced their switch pannels(lights, bilige pump switch, etc) with plexiglass or lexan?
I thing it might look good.
Any insight would be greatly appreiciated.
posted 12-11-2001 08:46 PM ET (US)
I bet it would look good, Outrage.
On the other hand, I just love the look and feel of teak, even the maintenance.
Red sky at night. . .
posted 12-11-2001 11:13 PM ET (US)
I think dark plexi looks great, but it has the tendency to grab the sunlight and turn 'chalky' over time. Of course, it's not too hard to make a new panel, when the time comes.
posted 12-12-2001 03:08 AM ET (US)
I bought a new console and decided to use plexiglass under all the instruments etc. to cut back on glare. I decided that the shiny black plexiglass would produce almost as much glare as white, so I chose a flat black plexiglass that had a grain in it and kind of looks like leather. It comes in various thicknesses and they cut it to the size I requested.
As far as lexan goes it's my understanding that it has to be tinted if it's going to be used for windshields or any exterrior use as it doesn't like the uv rays from the sun.
posted 12-12-2001 08:33 AM ET (US)
I have made switch panels of Lexan and it works great. Lexan (GE tradename) is a polycarbonate and can be cold formed, drilled, punched etc and will not crack or shatter, thus is great for projects. Plexiglas, on the otherhand, is an acrylic plastic and will crack, shatter, can't be cold formed ,,,,etc... Use Lexan or other brand polycarbonate... that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! Happy Whalin'.. Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
posted 12-12-2001 11:11 AM ET (US)
how thick should the plexiglass/lexan be?
posted 12-12-2001 09:49 PM ET (US)
I used 1/4 inch clear Lexan on mine.Spray paint the backside black after you drill the holes for switches or gages.It looks really sharp when done.
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