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Old 07-24-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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cutting down Velorex Windshield

Need advice on how to cut down velorex windshield. What is the best way? Thanks. Bill
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:35 PM   #2
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Tape up the shield good with tape. Mark your new shape, cut with a jig saw with a plastic cutting blade. Don't forget to put tape on the bottom side of your jig saw most times they are metal and scratched up enough to cut thru tape some times. Finish the cut edge with progressively finer sand paper up to 1500-2000 grit. Then hit the edge with a torch for a split second (practice on the scrap piece before you do it on your shield).

Make sure your cutting the shield and not melting it when cutting
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:54 PM   #3
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Same as above but I used a router instead of a jigsaw. Another option I was thinking about was to use was a ban saw but the router idea worked excellent.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:01 AM   #4
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We have used jig saws and various other ideas but really a thin cut off wheel in a small hand grinder works very well. Edges can be touched up with a flapper disc or better yet with a belt sander.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:47 PM   #5
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We have used jig saws and various other ideas but really a thin cut off wheel in a small hand grinder works very well. Edges can be touched up with a flapper disc or better yet with a belt sander.
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Have you or anyone cut with a bandsaw? I was playing around on mine and cut some lexan and it worked pretty well....you can feed it rather quickly with a "fast cut or skip tooth" blade and it works nicely....I used a file to get the rough stuff off and then just hand sanded with rough then finer and finer wetpaper...looks pretty good....
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:12 PM   #6
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I just tape both sides and use a plastic blade in the jig saw. Make sure the tape is wide enough to catch the feet of the saw so they don't scratch the plastic.

You could just buy a shorter shield too.
http://www.bikescreen.com/search.asp type Velorex in the search box.

These guys have windshields for everything and they have 15 different colors and tints too.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:03 AM   #7
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Claude,
Have you or anyone cut with a bandsaw? I was playing around on mine and cut some lexan and it worked pretty well....you can feed it rather quickly with a "fast cut or skip tooth" blade and it works nicely....I used a file to get the rough stuff off and then just hand sanded with rough then finer and finer wetpaper...looks pretty good....
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A band saw will work. Note that in this thread I am talking Lexan ( a brand name for a polycarobonate) and NOT plexiglass (an acrylic).
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Note that in this thread I am talking Lexan ( a brand name for a polycarobonate) and NOT plexiglass (an acrylic).
OMG. I hope so. Polycarbonates like “Lexan” and “Makrolon” but there are others, are much more shatter resistant than polyacrylate / acrylic types of glas. Allthough acrylic types are more scratch resistant, you don't want that.

For safety reasons allways polycarbonates.

One thing what I haven’t read yet. (I’ve done it the same as allready written). When it has to go fast, or just for the “finishing touch” I use a sharp knive to scrape the edges. (knive in a 90 degree position to the edges you wanna scrape).

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