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Old 02-24-2009, 08:55 PM   #1
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When I am trimming up my lexan body for my off-road cars, I can only get so close to the body line. I've been using a dremel sanding tool (the dowel looking one) to finish, but sometimes it balls up the plastic.

What are others using to finish out the trim?

Sorry if it is a little off topic, but it is for my Electric off-road vehicles...
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I use what you do to cut it and then I use a sanding drum to finish it.
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I either use the curved lexan scissors and light sanding or you can take your time and score your body with an xacto knife and then break/peel away the bottom. Leaves a nice smooth line if you do it right and follow the lines perfect.
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Sharp Xacto knife - carefully trace the body lines and then flex the plastic where you've scored it with the Xacto - it'll break on the scored line. After you've done a few, you get good at scoring. I use a dremel/sanding drum to touch up the few places where its not as good as I want it to be.
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Sharp Xacto knife - carefully trace the body lines and then flex the plastic where you've scored it with the Xacto - it'll break on the scored line. After you've done a few, you get good at scoring. I use a dremel/sanding drum to touch up the few places where its not as good as I want it to be.
this is the correct way to cut lexan / acrylic. General rule of thumb is try to cut halfway to 2/3 through. Score carefully and don't cut yourself if it slips. I can do an entire body in one continuous cut. It helps to have something to back up the body. I stuff a white towel into the shell to keep it from deforming too much as I score. Perfect line everytime. I cringe when I see people using a dremel.
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I agree that a dremel is too aggressive. After cutting, I usually use a 300 grit sanding dowel.
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