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buying thicker Lexan
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Posted 28 January 2006 - 11:12 PM
I have a sheet from work and bought a sheet from Home Depot but it is .092 thick. Seems to flex alot. For those who cut out their own lips, where do you buy from? Who offers the most variety? Are there differtent stiffnesses within the same thickness group? Thanks, the Finn.
Posted 28 January 2006 - 11:38 PM
What I am looking for is: has anyone found thicker Lexan locally? I rarely go into a Lowe's. Thanks.
Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:33 AM
I'm by no means an expert on lexan and also much like you do'nt spend a lot of time in Lowes or HD.You may want to check w/ a fabricating shop dealing w/ plastics in your area.They are also terrific places to get scrap Lexan.ERR UHH Samples
Posted 29 January 2006 - 01:41 PM
Check your local glass shop they should have some Polycarbonate (lexan is a brand name) just stay away from acrylic aka plexiglass which the may try to sell you.
Posted 29 January 2006 - 05:33 PM
the only place i found it was also at home depot.they did not have much to pick from.like cheeshead said i went to a few other places and they told me plexiglass was the same as lexan.i found out the hard way it is not.
i would imagine lexan is made in stiffer grades for some applications.but you might need to call the manufacturer to find out about that.
Posted 29 January 2006 - 05:47 PM
I use 1/4, any lip thinner with size to it running fast and especially crashing bottom will flex and affect the finish at the lip and body joint.
I have used, I believe the brand name was " rino " polycarbonate, found it the same as lexan. Even got some black tinted lexan given to me, made the black perch and stuff look extra mean.....
Try a glass shop, starting getting scraps, actually traded the guy for some baits, he kept me busy. Shop around, try to find a guy putting an order in who will give you it at his cost plus a few bucks.
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 12:30 PM
mcmaster-carr.com has any size you want.
If you haven't done so, you might want to cut some of the thinner stuff first and see how you like it. First time I ever bought some, the flex in the larger sheet kind of scared me. But once you cut it, obvously there is a lot less flex in a smaller piece of material.
I like the thinner Lexan. IMO, it is far superior to thicker, molded factory lips, creating different diving and reflex properties. No accident that the Rapala DTs are the thinnest molded lips I can ever recall seeing on a factory bait.