Dashboard Plexiglass craze repair


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Dashboard Plexiglass craze repair

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:35 am



My 'new" 88 gl1500 has a very badly crazed dash lens. :( .....I found a used one on Steal Bay for $60 +...
Well it's old too.Soooo I decided to FIX it myself..Not the first time I've gotten to play in the oven. :lol:
This turned out great and the total cost was $4.34 for the plexiglass.I had the glue and tools.
Here's the pix.

Horrible crazing
Horrible crazing


used a small cutoff wheel on a Dremmel tool to remove the lens
used a small cutoff wheel on a Dremmel tool to remove the lens


Oven pre-heat to 250 , 5 minutes , flipped over at 2 minutes
Oven pre-heat to 250 , 5 minutes , flipped over at 2 minutes


Using gloves (it's hot) shaped to match the original curve.Used a torch for minor adjustments
Using gloves (it's hot) shaped to match the original curve.Used a torch for minor adjustments


Tapped to draw up any gaps and glued..Perfect fitting
Tapped to draw up any gaps and glued..Perfect fitting

I used the original front to mark the edges and hole.The tape holds the new lens tight while the glue sets up.I mounted the whole thing to the display before gluing so the fit would be perfect.The 1/4'' lip is hidden by the front bezel.



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Re: Plexiglass craze repair.

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:48 am

Great results, and idea! My only suggestion would be to use a heat gun (at a bit of a distance) rather than a torch, to avoid scorching the plexiglas for the final fit adjustments, which would really be annoying having gotten that far.

I'm going to move this to the 1500 DIY section.

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Re: Plexiglass craze repair.

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:04 am

A torch set very low was used to warm the bottom area to flatten it out a bit more.I practiced on a piece of scrap to get the feel of it before I did the new lens.All this because I don't have a heat gun YET.
I forgot to add that to my Christmas wish list.Well it's off to Harbour Freight :)

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Re: Plexiglass craze repair.

Postby heidebill » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:18 am

Awesome job, I work in the plastic industry, and have a vacum forming table at home, I want to build an accesory panel for my 1500, to fit the GPS and mp3 player, if I get that far you will get a video. The oven thing is great , I like the temp and time numbers Thanks
Bill

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Re: Plexiglass craze repair.

Postby heidebill » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:20 am

And women think the kitchen is for cooking??
Bill

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Re: Plexiglass craze repair.

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:23 pm

I did the "cooking" before she got back into the house. :) It was easier to spray a touch of 'easy off ' than explain that funny smell. :( And it looked like I was doing a bit of cleaning to boot. :lol:

A VACUUM FORMING TABLE...I really want one of those,and a 3D laser model generator,and new computer,and a metal cutting machine and and uh......what are the numbers for the lotto?

I've done so much with so little,now I can do anything with nothing :roll:




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