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Old 01-03-12, 07:57 AM
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Lexan all around in an fc???

One of the cars needs glass. Wondering if I can get and word from somebody who has replaced all their glass with lexan (windshield excluded). Hard to get a good fitment? How did the rear hatch work out? Just want to hear how this project went down for the people who have done it.
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You can bend 1/8 lexan to fit the stock hatch with no problem, just rivet it to the frame. Make a pattern from the OUTSIDE of the stock glass and you will end up with a piece slightly larger that you need. Start to attach it from the middle and trim as needed with a high speed sander/grinder.

You will save 29lbs going from glass to lexan.
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I have replaced all my glass with Lexan. It is pretty easy to fit the hatch, as stated above, simply start in the center and move around.

I did not make my side windows to fit into the stock window mechanism, they simply screw into the frame. I use them to tow the car and when it rains.

Front windshield simple install.

I would not recommend Lexan or Poly for a street car, simply due to the fact it is really easily scratched. I use a special Lexan spray and micro fiber cloth when I clean my lexan and I still have scratches.

Be sure to run a gasket of foam tape around the lexan and the frame for seal and cushioning.

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Any pics of the fitment? And I am worried about scratches. But it's bound to happen. I think I've heard people mention something like lexan, but with a harder surface, so less scratching. I dunno, I could be wrong.
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i've heard of lexan windows that you can still use wipers on and not get scratches. Don't know if it's really that good tho.
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i've heard of lexan windows that you can still use wipers on and not get scratches. Don't know if it's really that good tho.
I think theres a spray on coating too that helps prevent scratching.
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There is a form-able mar resistant lexan out there but it is REALLY expensive, like 3 times the cost. Most of the mar resistant surface treatments don't like to bend. I think the term in the industry is "FMR". I looked into it for my fiberglass hatches that I make but it wasn't worth it to most people. Once you make the first one, you have a good pattern to make its replacement.
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There is a form-able mar resistant lexan out there but it is REALLY expensive, like 3 times the cost. Most of the mar resistant surface treatments don't like to bend. I think the term in the industry is "FMR". I looked into it for my fiberglass hatches that I make but it wasn't worth it to most people. Once you make the first one, you have a good pattern to make its replacement.
Fiberglass hatches? PM me the info on these. Very interested
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Removing the stock glass is the hardest part, make sure to follow the advice of jgrewe and make your template first. As to scratch resistant, wishful thinking. I have MR10 (Margard) on the rear, it even has scratches. For the front I use regular polycarbonate/Lexan and change it every once in awhile, $100 and 4 hours of my time is all it takes.
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My race-shop guys basically told me I was crazy to do the front glass as lexan and said it wasn't worth the pain unless it was a pro car... I have jgrewe's hatch on mine, but a stock glass windshield...
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