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    Been considering some new products and beyond cost we were looking at strength and flexibility of Lexan vs Plexiglass , found the attached Vid link , pretty entertaining watch the guy get midevil on the MC windshield
    Polycarbonate (Lexan) vs Acrylic (Plexiglas)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Been considering some new products and beyond cost we were looking at strength and flexibility of Lexan vs Plexiglass , found the attached Vid link , pretty entertaining watch the guy get midevil on the MC windshield Polycarbonate (Lexan) vs Acrylic (Plexiglas)
    IMO...its a no brainer to use Lexan...funny cars use it!!!!...also...i think some splash guards are made out ot it...my vote is, GO with the Lexan ...just my .02 cents

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    I build extreme 4x4s. On the bodyless rigs and tube chassis rigs we use Lexan for its scratch resistance and strength.

    Plexi scratches so easy. Plexi also cracks easy when cold. Its harder to work with and drill too without a mistake.

    When at all possible I use safety glass if the application is flat and allows it. But most of the time shape, ease of installation, and cost bring the choice back to Lexan for me.

    The 4x4 guys tend to kill plastic windows by wiping them when covered in dust or mud/dirt.

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    When I was in 8th grade I made a skateboard out of lexan!

    Took a chunk of it into my wood shop class and used the band saw to cut it all out!

    People were always amazed to see a clear skateboard.

    It helped that back in the early 80s my step dad was in the business of installing lexan in the prison systems.

    It was cool to see the samples that were used to test various firearms!

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    I used to work in a shop in the early 80's building limo's. Did a few that were 'bullet resistant' 1" backup for all the windows and 1/2" for inside doors/floor/gas tank. Even got to do a little testing. PC lexan is some pretty impressive stuff.Also used it on a few of chop tops that were to radical to get re-worked/cut stock glass to work.
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    FWIW, I am an inspector for the Monster Truck Racing Association (M.T.R.A). We do not allow the use of Plexiglass in our trucks due to the fact that it will shatter. We only allow Lexan.

    Just throwing my $.02 in

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    Polycarbonite (Lexan) scratches much much easier than acrylic (Plex). There is a reason car headlights & fish tanks are acrylic and not poly. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. To say using Poly is a no brainer is dead wrong. There are many cases that acrylic is a better choice. The best thing you can do is talk to a plastic supplier about the part you are making and what you are wanting to accomplish. We use both (and lots of it) depending on the requirements at one of my clients.

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    Lexan is just the brand name. It's poly carbonate. And you have to get it with a mar-guard coating to make it scratch resistant. You can order "lexan" with or without the coating so get the right stuff. Plexiglas shouldn't even be considered. It just cracks and isn't the best choice.

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    100% lexan my race cars always use lexan do to its strength alone

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