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Old 10-04-2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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Poor Boys Skylight...

Anyone who has replaced one knows they are expensive, and to be honest, even the nice smoked Lexan ones, left me looking for something better. I really like the idea of being able to look up and see the stars at night. So aside from maybe the possibility of too much sun sometimes, anyone see a drawback to my little home made sunroof ?? ( yes i still need to attach it to the lifts...but I ran out of daylight today....
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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Nice Job.
The only downside I can think of might be water puddling on top and then leaving water marks. Make sure there is good slope for drainage.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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I wonder if it wont result in higher temps inside. I bet you could work out some sort of interior shade though.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #4
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That's cool! You could always put a tint on it if you needed too. How'd you cement the edges together?
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:55 PM   #5
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Lexan (polycarbonate) is tougher than plexiglass. If you don't get the UV resistant type it will yellow on you in a couple of years.

Untinted it will make the trailer a little hotter, but you could add some UV film.
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There was a learning curve working with the plexi, even with a offset 60 tooth blade for the table saw, it left the edges too rough to work with, so after the rough cut with the table saw, I had to go back and smooth the edged with a laminate bit on the router. This left the edges very smooth. And ready to glue up, although you don't actually "glue" acrylic, I used the Weld on solvent from Tap Plastics, and it actually melts the acrylic together much like pvc cement melts the pvc. As with most first time projects, it could have turned out better. But i learned how to work with it, and the next one should be a lot nicer. you might find this interesting ...

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