so i sent the wife to get some acylic sheet when she was in town as my local true value doesn't have any,
i told her 3' X 2' will do 1/4"thick.
expecting her to return without it, but low and behold, thats what she came back with.
so i need to make some wind deflectors for either side of the windshield.
cut it with a jigsaw with a metal blade, lubricated the cut with wd40, left the film on.
it gets too hot, used water and it was o.k. if i paid attention to stopping the cut healing up.
now i want to put a bend in it, just a few degrees, i mark where the bend needs to be with a fine sharpy.
take off the plastic, cover the vice jaws and insert it, being careful not to mark it.
take a propane torch and warm the pen line, whats that you say, "the ink will catch fire and burn the pen line into the acrylic," yup just found that out.
now when i learnt to paint cars, i was told "if you can piss, you can paint", the hard part is how to correct a problem if one occurs.
i sanded the scratch line that was quite deep, after all it was burnt into the stuff, with 80 grit and ended up with a sanded band about an inch wide.
next, i scraped it with a new razor blade to smooth out the sanding marks, this left a band of foggy about 1-1/2" wide.
and here is the amasing part, i ran the propane torch over the surface and all the scratches disappeared like magic.
now this was fantastic, so i sanded the edges that i had cut, used the razor technique and ran the torch up and down the edges, marvelouse, the edges are now clear!
what can i say, i was expecting to have to polish them but no, i don't think polishing is as nice a finish, i mean you can't see where the scratches were, and these were 80 grit scratches.
has anyone tried this?
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