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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 8, 2003 4:22 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Alex

Sorry to be off topic, but - David - where can I get thermoform?

Thermoform is made by Squadron and it targeted for aircraft guys to make new canopies. It is availiable at most stores who carry squadron. You may also want to check Squadron's website.
I have found it works great for small items but get a little more difficult with something as large as a 1/24 windshield. You almost have to heat the sheet over a stove burner for something this big or it does not stretch even enough to make a good copy. You also have to remember that the copy will be larger by twice the thickness of the material.
David
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 8, 2003 2:31 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by 53ryder

Bluey-

Another thing I do is as soon as I open the model box I immediately put any clear parts in a Zip-loc sandwich bag. I do this to protect them from being scratched or scuffed, because generally clear parts are just tossed into the model box on the bottom unprotected. I have always wished model companies would put the clear parts in their own seperate protective wrapper!

Glenn


I do the same Glenn. Bag the glass, the decals and the chrome as well.
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Posted by Alex on Saturday, November 8, 2003 12:34 PM
Sorry to be off topic, but - David - where can I get thermoform?
"Aerodynamics is for people who can't build engines" - Enzo Ferrari -
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 8, 2003 12:02 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by bluey

thanks little
my question was a bit vauge the blemish is like two different temperatures
of plastic pushed together.

as for future in australia totally unavailable.

have tried mp i think its to deep to polish out.


bluey


It soulds like you are describing something like an inclusion or a cold joint in the "glass" itself. If this is what you have and it it more than surface deep it is a manufacturing defect and you will not be able to "repair" the windshield. It is possible to use the existing windshield as a buck and use thermoform to make a new windshield but you ould be far better off returning the defective part to the distributor or manufacturers representative there for replacement. If you puchased it locally the retailer you purchased the kit from should be able to help.
David
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Posted by Alex on Saturday, November 8, 2003 11:32 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by bluey

thanks little
my question was a bit vauge the blemish is like two different temperatures
of plastic pushed together.

as for future in australia totally unavailable.

have tried mp i think its to deep to polish out.


bluey


I believe Future sold in Australia under Johnson's Klear brand.
"Aerodynamics is for people who can't build engines" - Enzo Ferrari -
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 8, 2003 10:57 AM
Bluey-

Ron has the idea for cleaning up clear parts. Just remember that regardless of whatever technique you use be gentle with the part and don't put too much stress on it. I have ruined several windshields by pushing too hard on them and cracking them as a result.

Another thing I do is as soon as I open the model box I immediately put any clear parts in a Zip-loc sandwich bag. I do this to protect them from being scratched or scuffed, because generally clear parts are just tossed into the model box on the bottom unprotected. I have always wished model companies would put the clear parts in their own seperate protective wrapper!

Glenn
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 8, 2003 6:51 AM
First of all you need to get some plastic polish. I use the one that Bare-Metal sells. Start with anywhere from 1500 grit to 4000 grit sandpaper and sand out the blemish. Yes it will appear to have ruined the glass but not to worry. After you get the blemish sanded out smooth, work your way up through ascending grits of sandpaper IE: 4000, then 6000, then 8000 etc all the way up to 12000 grit. The key here is to be patient and thorough with your sanding. By the time you get to the 12000 you will notice a lot of the transparency returning to the piece. Finally, use the plastic polish and polish out the area to a super clear, glossy shine. If you sanded out the area with each grit carefully and thoroughly you should now be holding a beautifully clear piece of glass!
Extra tip: If you can get them, the sandpaper foam pads work awesome for this.
Hope this helps. I've saved some really trashed windshields like this and it works.

Ron
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 8, 2003 6:41 AM
thanks little
my question was a bit vauge the blemish is like two different temperatures
of plastic pushed together.

as for future in australia totally unavailable.

have tried mp i think its to deep to polish out.


bluey
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    May 2008
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 8, 2003 12:06 AM
Absolutley!!!!!!!!!!!!

first of all, what kind of blemish??????

Do you have Micro polish?????

if you don't have MP, get the finest grit sand paper you can find, and work out the blemish as best as you can, then dip the windsheild in Future a fewtimes.... letting the future try between each coat.....
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windshield trouble
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 7, 2003 11:42 PM
currently putting together a 57 ford fairlane and the windshield has a blemish towards the centre , can it be saved.

bluey.

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