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Old 07-19-2010, 06:25 PM   #1
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Polycarbonate skins- How to?

I'm thinking about redoing the Polycarbonate skins on my buggy before they get to beat up to make a copy from. What is the best tool to cut them with?
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I knew I should got one of those!
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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I have a big hole in one side that lets the cans roll out of it.
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Man, I saw this on tv the other day and I believe they used a air sheer of some sot like for cutting sheet metal. I'm pretty sure if was for sheet metal though. How thick are you cutting? They were cutting pretty thin stuff.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:30 PM   #6
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A router with a very small bit seams to be the preferred method. Or a RotoZip which is a small hand held router like a dremmel.
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I would say rotozip also. How thick is it George?
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I'll check when I get back home, but I think it is 1/8".
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:07 PM   #9
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a small air reciprocating saw will do the job perfect
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Use a metal blade on it?
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jigsaw should get the job done. not sure on the blade i'd think one with bigger teeth so it won't wana clog. the metal blade will cut cleaner though
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use a band saw. the key to cuting any plastic is temperature. a jigsaw will work, but when the blade heats up it will start melting the material and youll have to stop. a bandsaw blade will stay cooler.
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another hting to consider is a table saw. we cut uhmv/delrin at work with a standard dewalt table saw and it works amazing. might be something to experiment with
ya a vertical bandsaw is ideal
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I would use a blade that has small fine teeth so the material is cut and not ripped. I know a guy that runs in the dirt track circuit here and he used a one of those small saws for precision cuts and corners.
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Lets do this Give a list of what you have??? Any of the above will work I use a saws all with a metal blade and it does leave a little bit of a ruff edge just run a razor knife down the edge or a file. I don't think you'll loose to many points if the edge is a bit rough.
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I don't know, my wife is very quick to take away points when her legs get scratched from getting in and out of the buggy.
I'm up for buying anything I have to, because this is something I'll have to do every couple of years.
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we have used our cut-off cutters with a 1/16 cutter. and tape helps..
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go to aluminum and never look back

plastic,lexan or what ever you want to call it will allways break off in big chunks with the slightest contact....

metal(all) or steel wil bend and can be bent back....or trimmed
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lexan won't shatter that easily. you have to lay into it pretty good. also depends on the thickness.
aluminum can tear also and turn into some really sharp siht
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I use my skins as slides all the time and just put a hole in one side this year.
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just get some 1/4 inch thick lexan......

trace out your pattern..
lay blue 3 inch painters tape over the line.......
retace your pattern.......
1 use a jig saw or sawzall...with a fine to medium fine blade with a water
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2 router or zip tool would be ideal...


the tape keeps it from splintering..
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