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Old 05-09-2007, 09:07 PM   #1
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Was wondering what type material would be best for the front and rear window of my Burro renovation..I have found Plexiglas, Acrylic, and Lexan Polycarbonate sheets that will fit but don't know if one is better than the other just that one "COST" more than the other....Any suggestion's

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Old 05-09-2007, 09:58 PM   #2
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Howdy, I may be the only person mentioning this, but after using Lexan for various project and at work, I wouldn`t use either of the other two.....like I`ve mentioned before...cut narrow strips , i.e. 1/4' wide out of 1/16" Lexan and tie it in knots....try the same with Plexi or acrylics...or try this...take a piece of Lexan, put it on an anvil or other hard surface and hit it with a hammer a few times......try the same with acrylics or Plexi ......Oh, wear safety glasses or preferably face shield......compare the results....if you do use Lexan, try get the scratch resistant ......apparently it`s better, but also more costly...good luck.....Benny
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:43 PM   #3
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Our Burro windows were chipped but pretty clear considering the age. I thought it would be easy to get a glass company to provide me with smoked safety glass so that I may reuild my windows using the same frames. I went to all kinds of glass companies...autos, shower enclosures and they all said that the small piece I needed (one half of small side window) would cost a minimum of $200. Making safety glass is a specialized and costly process. Needless to say, I went with some sort of plastic.

The rubber channels are very difficult to find. I may have found a source for new rubber channel but the cost was exorbitant ...$99 for 3 feet.

I was shopping in Menards and saw a sheet of smoked (plexiglas?) in the section with their clear plastics used primarily (I think) to replace the window portion of a screen door. I bought the small piece (appx $12) and cut it with a jigsaw. It turned out perfect! The shade is slightly different, more brown than the original grayish smoke tint but it is hard to notice.

Rather than fuss with rebuilding all the windows, I decided to refresh the other windows by using Brasso as suggested from a helpful member on this site.

This is how it is done...First make sure that windows are free from dirt, otherwise you may add scratches. Then apply Brasso in a circular motion to the clean windows with a soft clean cloth. Let it dry, then rub it off with a clean micro soft cloth.

My windows were removed from the Burro when I did this so I could add quite a bit of pressure (for a smallish woman) to both sides. The Brasso removed the smaller scratches that can make the plastic look cloudy and it also left a non-stick, kind of Rain-X finish that makes the water shed off.

Good luck with your windows,
Donna
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Old 05-11-2007, 06:45 PM   #4
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I went to all kinds of glass companies...autos, shower enclosures and they all said that the small piece I needed (one half of small side window) would cost a minimum of $200. Making safety glass is a specialized and costly process.
Wow. I can't belive they were going to charge you that much. I recently replaced a slider panel window in my Burro. I took a cardboard template and a shard of the original glass to a glass shop and they had no problem matching it with tinted, tempered safety glass. Cost: $40. I had to wait 3 days, but that was the only hassle.
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