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How to Clean, Repair and Protect AcrylicPin ItKnowing how to clean acrylic correctly is key to preserving its attractive appearance.  Acrylic – which is also called Plexiglas, Lucite and Acrylite — is a popular alternative to glass for many applications because it is translucent, light weight and impact resistant.  Clear, colored and opaque acrylic is also available.  Because acrylic sheets and glazing are susceptible to scratches and abrasions as well as damage by some solvents, it is important to follow these guidelines for cleaning, repairing and protecting your acrylic items. Cleaning Acrylic The best way to clean acrylic is with a specialty cleaning product such as Novus No.1
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Jan
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How to Cut, Drill, Finish, and Glue AcrylicPin ItWorking with acrylic is easy if you understand its properties and follow industry guidelines on how to handle it properly.  Using the correct tools is also important.  This article offers some practical tips on working with acrylic that will help you get started on your next project. What is Acrylic? Acrylic is a clear plastic that closely resembles glass but has many advantages, making it in excellent substitute in many applications.  Compared to glass, acrylic is: Lighter in weight by half Stronger and more impact resistant Offers better insulating properties More transparent Acrylic does have two main disadvantages compared
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Jan
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Glues for Plastic: How to Choose the Right AdhesivePin ItPlastic is a popular material for contractors, fabricators and hobbyists because it’s shatterproof, lightweight and temperature resistant, as well as relatively inexpensive.  Detailed instructions on how to build with plastic are easy to find on the Internet as well as in books and magazines.  Before you begin working with plastic, it’s important to choose the right adhesive and learn how to apply it correctly.  This article will give you a quick overview on glues for plastic and some tips on assembling plastic parts.  Links to other WebPages are provided where more detail may be helpful. Step One –
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Jan
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Acrylic for Picture Framing: Better than Glass?Pin ItSo you have a prized piece of artwork that you want to frame – a photo or your son and his bride, your kindergartner’s art project, or a watercolor painting by a renowned local artist – and you can’t decide whether to use real glass or acrylic for picture framing.  Although glass has been the historic favorite, the advantages provided by today’s acrylic framing sheets have made acrylic the preferred framing material amongst artists, galleries and consumers for both practical and aesthetics reasons. 7 Benefits of Acrylic Sheet for Picture Framing 1.  Light Weight Compared to glass, acrylic sheets for
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Aug
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Clear Hurricane Shutters: Advantages & DIY Installation GuidePin ItIn 2008, a study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) provided a troubling prediction about the frequency of hurricanes in the coming years: while the number of mid-size storms will likely decrease, the number of major Atlantic hurricanes will rise. For Americans living in those coastal states that have always received more then their fair share of storm damage, this is troubling news. Yet even in the face of Mother Nature’s fury, the prepared homeowner is not defenseless. Protecting your home from hurricanes the right way requires materials that can stand up to the most ferocious storm.
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Aug
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Using Plexiglass for Your Do-It-Yourself Solar PanelPin ItTransitioning part of your home’s energy supply to solar power is more feasible than ever before thanks to the ease and cost-efficiency of making your own solar panels. In bookstores and online, you can find plans for do-it-yourself solar panels that can help you power anything from a few outdoor lights to your entire home. Several plans suggest that it is possible to build a do-it-yourself solar panel for less than a third of the price of purchasing one in a store. The solar panel building process requires many important decisions: How much power do you want to
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Polycarbonate Greenhouse Panels For Your Do-It-Yourself GreenhousePin ItWhile building your own do-it-yourself greenhouse from scratch is not the easiest of DIY projects, it is well worth the effort for the true gardening devotee. The DIY approach has several advantages over assembling your greenhouse from a pre-packaged kit. It grants you the ability to design a structure that is perfectly suited to the aesthetics of your outdoor space as well as any unique size requirements you may have. Such freedom is not reserved for those with a degree in architecture. Blueprints for do-it-yourself greenhouses of all shapes and sizes are available on a variety of websites. While
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Replacement Patio Table Tops: Do It Yourself!Pin ItOn Do-It-Yourself forums across the internet, owners of patio furniture tell a familiar story: the glass tops of their outdoor tables have shattered and a replacement is needed. This article will show how easy, practical and cost-efficient it is to solve this problem with a custom-cut acrylic replacement patio table top. The fact that you’re reading this suggests that you already know the greatest weakness of glass table tops.  They have a tendency to shatter under pressure, a flaw which presents a serious hazard for children or anyone else who spends time in your backyard. If your table
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