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Old 05-29-2014, 10:37 AM   #1
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I suffered a broken back window on my 1969 Caravel and am considering replacing the glass with plastic? Any opinions on the pros/cons?
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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I replace the rear window on my 68 TW twice. The first time it was to replace the plexiglass the PO had installed. It leaked. Second time was because my wife forgot to loosen the center clip on the bottom before she cranked it open and crack. I used regular glass I had cut at the local glass shop. Why not tempered? I figured the rear would not have problems with impacts and it was much cheaper.
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I suffered a broken back window on my 1969 Caravel and am considering replacing the glass with plastic? Any opinions on the pros/cons?
Taking the 45 year old sash apart, you will find to be extremely challenging.

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If you use Lexan get the UV resistant type. Lexan is better than Plexiglass, but I would prefer glass. The rear window could probably be done at a local glass shop.
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I used lexan on a replacement of tempered glass on boat, smoke tint matched other windows and worked great. No deteriation or change due to sun in five years.
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Remember, plastic is much softer than glass - used it once (Lexan) on boat - friend wiped it off without water - would use glass.
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Tough water spots can't be steelwooled off of plastic. It scratches.
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If you use Lexan get the UV resistant type. Lexan is better than Plexiglass, but I would prefer glass. The rear window could probably be done at a local glass shop.
Lexan scratches just as easy as regular plastics, UNLESS you specify AR-2 , which means "Abrasion Resistant".

0000 Steel wool, will not scratch it, as I have demonstrated to many customers.

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