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Master Asylum 
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Posted: May 20, 2005 at 10:24 AM / IP Logged  
Blah, guess I'll got 20 minutes instead of 5-10. Booo. You're lucky its highway, or I'd kill ya. :)
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mi_what 
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Posted: May 20, 2005 at 11:11 AM / IP Logged  
Hey hey hey...I said thats where I shop...you're on your own as far as not following my original post and going to home depot instead. I think its pieces like five foot by three foot for like 24 or so bucks...can't remember (I didn't have all too much luck with plexiglass, but then again I didn't know you could heat it and shape it)
Master Asylum 
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Posted: May 23, 2005 at 8:22 AM / IP Logged  
Speaking of that... How complicated is it to try and self mold bends and such? I don't wanna spend like $200 for a bender+shipping
1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm
mi_what 
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Posted: May 23, 2005 at 9:39 AM / IP Logged  
From what I've read, depending on your thickness of plexi, you could just use a heat gun or hair dryer. Just go slow they say (never really tried it myself). Kinda do something like heat the part that will form the angle, then slowly bend while maintaining heat on it...SHOULD bend...in theory. Try it on a piece of scrap.
Master Asylum 
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Posted: May 23, 2005 at 9:59 AM / IP Logged  
All of it is scrap until it has a purpose. ;) In which case, bending would give it a purpose.
1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm
mi_what 
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Posted: May 23, 2005 at 11:24 AM / IP Logged  
Well, there ya go...start bending Neon Integration - Page 3 -- posted image.
sundownernz 
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Posted: May 31, 2005 at 8:22 PM / IP Logged  

Hi Guys,

Just following this thread through and have played around with Plexiglass for the same thing you are doing, neons behind a clear plexi window. To get the frosted effect best I have found is to sandblast the back face. Sanding can provide scratches that show up but sandblasting it gives a good, even frosted finish and great effect. You can even change the depth (pressure) of the blasting to produce graphic effects. Lots of engineering shops have small sandblasters so talk nicely to one and see what they can do.

As for bending a good hair-drier should do the trick and once it's warm enough to bend gently ease it over a pipe or dowel etc. You need to be careful though as tempurature is criticle. Too hot and it will melt or distort, not enough and it won't bend or may crack so it'll be trial and error depending on the thickness.

Good luck. 

Master Asylum 
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Posted: June 01, 2005 at 11:27 AM / IP Logged  
Wow, sweet, more help. Now with the sandblasting, what is an engineering shop? Moreso, any home way of doing this? I'm really trying to find a way to currently work outta the house based area(And to that, very minor garage access).
1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm
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Posted: June 01, 2005 at 1:03 PM / IP Logged  
Yeah, I would like to hear more about this as well. How do you go about finding one of these shops? How much do they charge for not being their buddy Neon Integration - Page 3 -- posted image.? How exaclty is this procedure done? as for the hair dryer part...what is a good setting to thickness ratio? I know that it would take either more heat or more concentration on a certain part for a longer time to bend 3/4 and inch as compared to 1/2 inch plexi...is there a certain time frame that you have found to be convenient when working with thicknesses such as these? Thanks for the input.
Mayhem_audio 
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Posted: June 02, 2005 at 8:33 AM / IP Logged  
i think it woulf help if you buily a jig  to hold the plexi  like set the plexi on a table put some wood on top of it, where you want it bent put the wood to that edge and screw it down,  heat up and bend   you could also rought the edge of the wood with a roundover bit   simular to the pipe a little more secure  same princapil as a house siding break
matt
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