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Outrage18 posted 12-11-2001 08:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Outrage18   Send Email to Outrage18  
Has anyone replaced their switch pannels(lights, bilige pump switch, etc) with plexiglass or lexan?

I thing it might look good.
Any thoughts??

Any insight would be greatly appreiciated.


JBCornwell posted 12-11-2001 08:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
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. . .
JB :)

Flipper posted 12-11-2001 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Flipper  Send Email to Flipper     
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.
noswah posted 12-12-2001 03:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     

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.

Clark Roberts posted 12-12-2001 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
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
Outrage18 posted 12-12-2001 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Outrage18  Send Email to Outrage18     
how thick should the plexiglass/lexan be?
grandmufti posted 12-12-2001 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for grandmufti  Send Email to grandmufti     
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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