Best treatment for clear plastic to look like glass?

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Best treatment for clear plastic to look like glass?

Joined: April 22nd, 2005, 5:49 pm

March 14th, 2017, 11:16 pm #1

Hi
Some use Johnson's Klear.
Some use Tamiya Gloss Clear.
Some polish with their Jeans.
Some just use as is...

Any more to add? I have used Klear, old bottle, now needs diluting usually. But still not overly happy with it.

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Andrew
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Joined: August 23rd, 2011, 2:21 pm

March 26th, 2017, 9:29 am #2

Dip in appropriate Tamiya clear. Then, dip in Future.
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Joined: April 22nd, 2005, 5:49 pm

April 7th, 2017, 7:23 pm #3

Hi
I'm imtrigued...

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Andrew
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Joined: September 5th, 2016, 12:20 am

April 27th, 2017, 3:20 pm #4

Hi
Some use Johnson's Klear.
Some use Tamiya Gloss Clear.
Some polish with their Jeans.
Some just use as is...

Any more to add? I have used Klear, old bottle, now needs diluting usually. But still not overly happy with it.

Cheers
Andrew
Hi Andrew,

A friend of mine has ordered some very thin glass specimen slides. He says that he has used them before and had great results. I will be getting a bunch to play with, so will report the results.

I have always used Future Floor wax (same product as the Johnson as I understand) on my aircraft canopies and have been quite happy with the results. I like the way you can tint Future and make your taillights stand out (also good for little puddles of wee , just saying).
But the flat panes of a windshield add extra problems due to the thickness of the plastic. I have tried polishing, future and dirt and never been completely happy with the results.
Whenever I can hide a windshield with a tarp (often seen on Commonwealth Jeeps) or leave them off altogether like the side curtains on most Canadian and British softskins. Abstinence can work.
I have tried acetate sheet, saran wrap (cling film) and had varied results. The saran actually looked pretty good on the side curtains of my Chevrolet FAT.

Gord

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Joined: April 22nd, 2005, 5:49 pm

April 27th, 2017, 6:21 pm #5

Hi
Sounds v useful otherwise...

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Andrew
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Joined: September 5th, 2016, 12:20 am

April 28th, 2017, 1:24 am #6

Score the glass with a scribing tool, snap on a straight edge and then sand the edges with wet and dry. Apparently these slides are extremely thin and easy to work with.
I was supposed to see Dan tonight and try out the technique but he dropped a freezer on his foot so won't be going anywhere for a few days.
I will report as soon as I have more info.

Gord
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Joined: September 5th, 2016, 12:20 am

May 8th, 2017, 6:53 pm #7

I think he has a new woman in his life ... so no Dan but he dropped off the slides.

Firstly, these are slide covers, not slides, and these are very different things.
Hey I was an arts major, who new?
The slide COVERS are amazingly thin and clear and scale! I will play with them this week. Dan says it is easy peasy but the edges can get very sharp. He scores with an etching tool (I think).
If this works it will change the way I build anything with a windshield and may involve a couple of rebuilds as well

Gord
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