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post #111 of 165
I think you got something on your nose...some brown stuff.
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Oh you guys!
Well my efforts today were not smiled apon by the modding gods.
I will have to cut the panel instead or find some other way to heat the plexi other than by heat gun. The lexan bubbled and that ruined that.
Hmm...The panel is too big for the oven.
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you got an electric BBQ starter?
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Nope. I do have a radiant heater and propane heater though and a car interior heater which is like a BBQ starter.
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post #115 of 165
I was just thinking that a heat gun gets pretty hot and blows...I remember back in middleschool...18years ago lol we used something that looked like a large toaster oven that had been broke down and was now just a heating element on a stand...we would put the plastic under it about 6" away and wait maby 30 secs or more then took it out and bent it...give or take 10-20 secs we just put it back in if it wasnt ready yet...if your having problems with bubbling I would think less heat and a slower build up of heat...dont want to get it too hot just plyable. any of those things sound like they might work...id go with the space heater at about 2' away on low setting and wait it out
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post #116 of 165
o what about a huge pot of boiling water in the tub?
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post #117 of 165
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The problem is that I want to isolate the area to be heated not the whole panel. That was the idea behind the jig. The space heater may work. The bubbling was in the thinner Lexan not the thicker plexi that I can still use thankfully. I'll try the space heater tomorrow and see what gives.
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post #118 of 165
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Originally Posted by ice_owl View Post
The problem is that I want to isolate the area to be heated not the whole panel. That was the idea behind the jig. The space heater may work. The bubbling was in the thinner Lexan not the thicker plexi that I can still use thankfully. I'll try the space heater tomorrow and see what gives.
Heya Ice.

Perhaps This might help.

It is pretty costly for what it is (braided line), but not for what it can do.

You may be able to find something (or make your own) for less. Essentially the heat needs to be around 300F.

You could also use it in conjuction with something like This. Again, costly... and again you could probably come up with something to use in lieu of that costly item. A ceramic or a fired-clay housing would probably do (?) [There is a link in the heating element link (2nd one) that shows a .pdf file on construction]

...just random thoughts...


P.S. Thinking about your offer.
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post #119 of 165
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Thanks for the links Syr. Kinda had an emergency today with my daughter at the school summer care. Stupid carpet cleaners backed there van up to the doors and left there truck running and the fumes reached the room the kids were in and made some sick. Everybody is Ok now but had to wait at the hospital for 3 hours. I will see what tomorrow brings as far as trying the space heater.
Here is a pic of how far I got and the jig.


It might not work but I will give it a shot.This is more or less experimentation but you can see what I am trying to do is indent the plexi 3/4". I also thought of drilling holes around the perimeter to let air out and help it stretch easier.
Edited by ice_owl - 7/14/08 at 10:25pm
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All is okay, yes?

Geez! What kind of a muppet... on never mind.. I'm just glad that no one died from the noxious fumes.

Your experiment is of great interst, and I look forward to seeing the results.
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