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Old 11-22-2015, 03:54 PM   #1
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Flybridge Pexiglass

I wanted to post this out there and see if anybody had any recommendations. The marine trader I just purchased had some damage and I need to replace the Plexiglas on the fly bridge. Has anyone got flybridge Plexiglas replaced, and know a good fabricator? (US Based)
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:07 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. One of the former moderators had his windscreen replaced somewhere in the Carolina's I believe. Mr. Tom and Ms. Bess, you're up. Where are you located (general area)? It helps to put a bit of information in your profile...
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:15 PM   #3
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Took mine out, took it to a glass shop, they ordered the replacement lexan, and cut it all for a to under $300.

They didn't want to do it but I stayed and helped with the cut so the owner finally gave in. He was worried that if it wasnt perfect I would raise a stink.

It came out fine and he suggested lean so drilling and bending would be less of an issue for cracking even though longevity might not have been as good as plexi.
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Any plastic/acrylic fabrication shop can make them.
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:46 PM   #5
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Any plastic/acrylic fabrication shop can make them.
That includes sign manufacturers as well. ( not vinyl applicator guys)
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:56 PM   #6
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That includes sign manufacturers as well. ( not vinyl applicator guys)
You are correct sir!
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:18 PM   #7
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When I had mine replaced due to dropping the bimini on it and breaking one of the pieces, I simply took it to a glass shop. They couldn't duplicate the faded colour (good thing, as it was an ugly pale purple colour) so I had to get all 4 pieces. They used a little heat and drooped it until the shape was right. The new stuff has now been on the boat longer than the original stuff was and hasn't faded a bit. I think it cost me about $500, and was done in about 1998. I think they used Lexan.
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:28 PM   #8
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I did mine for about $100 in materials and a couple of hours of shaping with heat. Very easy.
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Good to hear it worked out. (Thankfully, I don't have a flybridge screen to worry about. There's already enough.)
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:04 PM   #10
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I replaced mine when I bought the boat 3 years ago. Bought a sheet of plexiglas, used the old pieces (4) as patterns and cut them out with a skill saw ( taped with blue painters tape, used fine blade, and used WD40 as lubricant). Came out great, holding up just fine. I did not use heat to shape.
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Usually I would have done the cutting myself...but the glass place when they cut only charges for the amount used. Had I ordered a half sheet of material, it would have cost more than what they charged for material AND cutting. Which I preferred in case a mistake was made, it would be on them.

So check both ways, just material and if they cut.
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. One of the former moderators had his windscreen replaced somewhere in the Carolina's I believe. Mr. Tom and Ms. Bess, you're up. Where are you located (general area)? It helps to put a bit of information in your profile...
He is right. Here is the thread of my project: Weekend Venturi Project

Seek out a waterjet cutting company in your area. They can likely source the Lexan you need as a 1-stop shop.
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Old 11-23-2015, 03:04 AM   #13
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Lexan is stronger than Plexiglas but Plexiglas is much more scratch resistant. So say TAP Plastics bere in the Seattle area, who do a lot of flying bridge venturis. They recommended Plexiglas for our venturi panels which are flat and so are very easy and inexpensive to make.
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But plexi will fade and yellow much faster in the marine environment. I wanted the new stuff to stay clear for longer.
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Plus, if the venturi is drilled and under twist, lexan is recommended as it is less likely or just won't crack like plexi.

So it is a crap shoot which is better, more cost effective, easier to work with, longer living....just depends which experts you know or deal with....
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There is more than one type of Lexan. Google MR10. It is very scratch/mar resistant. As with either an acrylic or Lexan choose your cleaning products carefully and keep solvents such as acetone and gasoline away.
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Go with a high quality scratch resistant Lexan.

Thats all I used when I used to replace the wind screens on the GBs we had in charter.
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