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Old 09-22-2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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Do we have any experts on plastics here?

I'd like to find a sheet plastic material that is rigid enough to stand on end, but can be rolled. If you're familiar with 'Crazy Carpets' (a sheet of plastic used for sliding down hills in winter), this is the sort of plastic I'm interested in. Does anyone know what sort of plastic this would be? Is it a type of nylon? Where would I buy it? It seems to me, that this sort of plastic would be a great option for replacing tambour, especially if one wants to achieve a more contemporary look. Any help sourcing such a product would be great. I'm going to go to Canadian Tire to buy a 'crazy carpet' top try out, but they are only 18" wide. This is perfect for the bathroom cabinet, but I would need something wider if I want to replace the tambour in my galley.
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Take a close look at the 'Crazy Carpets' package and on the item itself. Due to recycling laws, many plastics now have the material I.D. molded into the surface. Look for PPS, HDPE, PETE or similar and do a web search for the actual type, then contact a plastic materials supplier and see if they offer sheets in the thickness you need.
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Excellent idea, thank you!
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Give polycarbonate a try, it can be rolled, when we buy a piece 8' x 20' to make a sign from it comes off a large roll. Most people refer to polycarbonate as "Lexan". Lexan is actually the brand name for poycarbonate made by General Electric. You can buy it at roughly 1/16" thick up to 3/16" thick, in clear and 1/8" and 3/16" thick in translucent white. Most sign shops us the stuff and might have a drop taking up space or try any place that sells plastic. We have a place in town called Alro Steel, they also sell different plastics. Kind of tough to cut, saws like to kick back. We turn our blades backwards on the circular saws/panel saw or use metal blades in our jig saws.

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