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Old 03-28-2007, 10:55 PM   #15
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Definately. Drilling will work. I have cut it, filed and even used a hand plane on it. It works just like wood.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:35 AM   #16
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sure why not!

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Try hitting it with a sledge hammer and see what happens (or doesn't)
LOL -- Good one!

Seriously, I got the 411 that if you drill a hole slightly larger than the one you're going to use to put screws into Said Lexan Window, you won't get cracks in Said Drilled Hole from expansion and contraction of Said Window due to temperature fluctuation. How's that for convoluted syntax? I plan to drill big and blow-dry just like I'm told, I'll let you all in on my secret if and when I decide to do it AND if my plan is successful. Until then you'll have to use yer 'magination. Don't hold your breath I won't be trying it anytime soon. But I have learned that yes, Virginia, you can drill into Lexan without ruining the window, and do a bunch of other fun stuff too!
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:26 AM   #17
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Hi Ingrid,

being a Brit, I didn't even know what Lexan was! So, I looked it up. If you want to be absolutely sure, contact GE tech. There's a link on the page below. They should be able to advise, especially about what type of drill bit to use.

Seems it's a highly durable polycarbonate. It's a plastic but very dense in construction. I don't think you would have any problems drilling it - I'd act like it's a ceramic tile and go real slow!

Lexan: Definition and Much More from Answers.com

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Old 03-29-2007, 07:10 AM   #18
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I've used Lexan in varying thicknesses for different projects. The closer you get to the edge the more care you need to exert regarding drilling. Light pressure for certain.
I've bent the lip on my laptop stand and drilled holes for screws. I've used light weight lexan for a lens cover on my elevated camera system.... even cut the thin stuff with sissors.
Edges can be sanded smooth.
You can also weld lexan as do the folks who build underwater housings for cameras... using shims to separate the pieces and then use a large hypodermic needle to flow acetone into the crack... pull the shim and you're golden. At least I think it's acetone.... somebody jump in here.
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ethylene di-chloride is the preferred solvent but Methylene chloride will do. both are very fast drying so you must assemble fast. Both do not fill a gap well. I used to make a cement by predissolving some scrap PC into the solvent and using that. Both these solvents are on the carcenogenic list and are not skin friendly. At least they do not explode like Acetone.
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Tell me, dahling, is it a rock guard... or, perhaps, a new style evening gown?
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Lexan, if I remember correctly was one of the spin offs, like Tang, from the Space Program. It was developed for use in the astronauts helmets. Can you get the gold tinted stuff for your wrap around windows -Bernie
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:16 PM   #22
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It's a hat! It's a corsage! It's a pterodactyl!
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Try hitting it with a sledge hammer and see what happens (or doesn't)

Very funny! I now have a cast on my right wrist!
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Lexan, if I remember correctly was one of the spin offs, like Tang, from the Space Program. It was developed for use in the astronauts helmets. Can you get the gold tinted stuff for your wrap around windows -Bernie
The canopies of our F-14 Tomcats and other combat aircraft use Lexan. You would be very surprised at the type of things that have 'bouced' off them in the air!
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The canopies of our F-14 Tomcats and other combat aircraft use Lexan. You would be very surprised at the type of things that have 'bouced' off them in the air!

Our window Lexan material can be folded over on to itself, using a "metal brake" without it "breaking."

Plus, it won't scratch even from steel wool.

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Great thread. Not unusual around here. I've been thinking over interior storm windows for the SS and LEXAN appears to be -- at present -- the way to go. First item was where to store them (these are big windows), second is/was "grade" and I'm guessing MR-10 at this point.

Any insights or experience as to what to order (and from whom?) I've found suppliers online, but . . . . ?

This project is off in the future. Was looking at pulling the NORCOLD from it's mount and improving mechanical and passive ventilation. Noted a slight gap between wall/floor and cabinet when viewed from exterior access door and fell to thinking about these things as we do.

Funny how little I found, here and elsewhere. Silver Streak and Avion both offered interior-fit storm windows as options, but one does not find much discussion online in the several forums I've checked and in general searches.

I'll start a new thread on storm windows at some point, but am wondering about "grade" or material consist re LEXAN, plus supplier to keep this old thread on track.

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I guess you could say this thread is old, dating back to March 2007. LOL
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