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Old 10 August 2004, 17:21   #1
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Windshield for Console

Having broken the shield on my curved console I am wondering can I get a replacement easily and cheaply as the Rib company quoted about 120 which I thought seemed a bit steep for a small shield which wraps around the console and is only a few inches high.Is that the norm ?Will clear plastic/perspecs be too brittle to bend?Hope somebody can help thanks in advance.
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Old 10 August 2004, 17:36   #2
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Perspex will bend if gently heated - either a hot air gun or cooking in an oven - be carefull though and practice on scraps first!
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Old 10 August 2004, 17:53   #3
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mccabe,

here are a couple of links that might be of use. Never used either companies, nor do I know if they're cheaper than your 120 quote but its worth a try. Let me know if they're worth using cos I may need to in the not to distant future!

http://www.plancraft.co.uk/boat_services.htm

http://www.adventplastics.co.uk/pages/fabrication.htm

hope thats a help.

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A local manufacturing shop will probably do it for a lot less!
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Perspex will bend if gently heated - either a hot air gun or cooking in an ....
No it won't. You'll need to raise it's temperature to about 180c. You can do a small area using a hot air gun but heating the whole screen is not feasible. If you were to use an oven, (a fkin big oven for a windscreen) the perspex would come out like a big floppy wobbly thing and you'd find it impossible to handle. This method is used when there is a former to drape, clamp or suck the perspex over.

If the curve is gentle, you may be able to ease a sheet around clamping as you go.

A alternative, which is very unlikely to break, ever, is polycarbonate. It's more expensive, softer but incredibly tough. You would be able to bend a piece of this a considerable distance. It is possible to bend double a 3mm thickness.

Have fun.
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Try your local sign maker.

The one near me throws out bits big enough to make a screen. Ask if you can rummage in their scrap bin, and offer a few quid for anything you find.
If you are lucky you may find a bit of Lexan which is the stuff Riot Shields are made from.

As JW says, a hot air paint stripper can be used to put a bend in as you clamp or screw it on. Choose a hot calm day if doing it outside.
Use the old screen as a template to cut it to shape & size.
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Old 12 August 2004, 07:23   #7
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I had..

..this one made and fiited by Mr Wills of Bonwitco (Kingsbridge) this week. Not cheap, but delighted with the workmanship and value for money!
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Old 12 August 2004, 08:33   #8
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this one made and fiited by Mr Wills of Bonwitco (Kingsbridge) this week. Not cheap, but delighted with the workmanship and value for money!
Coooo............. really clear plastic. I can only see the background.
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