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08/04/2004 04:51:01 AM · #1
Originally posted by GeneralE:

It's sometimes used in place of glass in a picture frame, or in a window in place of a pane of (unbreakable) glass. It can be made quite shatter-resistant.

When you go into an inner-city Post Office, fast-food outlet, or check-cashing facility, it's those "bulletproof" windows they have in front of the tellers.


I guess sysop was asking though what he specifically was going to use black or white plexiglas for. The only thing I can imagine is for a background or something.
08/04/2004 04:47:49 AM · #2
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by BrennanOB:

Plexiglass is an old trade name, look up the more modern versions, Lucite, or if you want a bit more strength Lexan.

Yeah, or I think the generic material is polycarbonate.


Well, polycarbonate is the generic name for Lexan. Plexiglas is a brand name for acrylic, which is much weaker than polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is what the bulletproof windows are made of in the bank, post office, etc. It's really amazing stuff.
08/04/2004 02:56:49 AM · #3
I like to use clear lucite to put a subject on and the light the backdrop behind it to get a non distracting backround.
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It lets you light the subject without having to worry about the shadows it might throw too.
08/04/2004 02:26:08 AM · #4
It's sometimes used in place of glass in a picture frame, or in a window in place of a pane of (unbreakable) glass. It can be made quite shatter-resistant.

When you go into an inner-city Post Office, fast-food outlet, or check-cashing facility, it's those "bulletproof" windows they have in front of the tellers.
08/04/2004 02:13:26 AM · #5
I'm guessing Plexiglas might be for bouncing light, or using as a surface for shooting still life object on? Though I would like to know for sure, so I'm with you GuyinaTIE. Anyone?
Originally posted by GUYinaTIE:

may i ask what you need Plexiglas for?
08/04/2004 02:08:09 AM · #6
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

Plexiglass is an old trade name, look up the more modern versions, Lucite, or if you want a bit more strength Lexan.

Yeah, or I think the generic material is polycarbonate.

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08/04/2004 02:00:32 AM · #7
Plexiglass is an old trade name, look up the more modern versions, Lucite, or if you want a bit more strength Lexan.
08/04/2004 01:59:23 AM · #8
Originally posted by digistoune:

Hi! Does anybody know of a good source for white and/or black plexiglass in the USA? Tried Lowes but no luck.

Thanks for the info!

There are lots of places online that sell sheet plastic. You might try modernplastics.com. They carry a huge selection of plastic materials. They have translucent colored acrylic sheet (Plexiglas) in several colors. The price is $58.88 for a 4'x8' sheet. The have the same material in transparent or opaque colors as well.

When I lived in California I used to buy plastic sheet from S&W Plastics. They probably have a web site somewhere too.

Lots of glass stores carry Lexan or Plexiglas sheet also. They will usually cut it to any size you want.

Good luck!

08/04/2004 12:20:17 AM · #9
Originally posted by dccloss:

I did a search at this site for pexiglass, and didn't come up with anything.

-Danielle

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Try TAP Plastics

Yeah, I'm surprised too!
08/03/2004 11:58:27 PM · #10
As much as I hate to say this (I hate the Store and their business practices) We bought ours at Home Depot at a fairly reasonable cost. They had clear and I think smoke colored.
08/03/2004 11:45:11 PM · #11
I did a search at this site for pexiglass, and didn't come up with anything.

-Danielle

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Try TAP Plastics

08/03/2004 11:37:27 PM · #12
You can buy plexiglass at most any glass company.
08/03/2004 11:37:15 PM · #13
Try TAP Plastics
08/03/2004 11:28:46 PM · #14
may i ask what you need plexiglass for?
08/03/2004 11:21:50 PM · #15
Check in the Yellow Pages under plastic or plexiglass. There will be many shops. Most will give you scraps of you just show up and ask ... even some pretty large ones. My wife has done this frequently and it works.
08/03/2004 07:30:31 PM · #16
Originally posted by Olyuzi:

Sign shops have them. I have purchased a couple and they are very versatile and a good idea to have. A 2' by 3' piece will cost about $30. Just look in your yellow pages for sign shops and call them up ahead of hand to make sure they will sell you a piece to your size requirements.


When looking for a sign shop, don't go to the franchise type of shop (i.e., FastSigns). Go to the sign shops that deal mainly with designers, you will get a much better price. Where are you in the US? I might be able to help you out with some. In a past life I was a signage designer.

Message edited by author 2004-08-03 19:30:58.
08/03/2004 07:09:09 PM · #17
This is UK but art supply shops sell that over here for small amounts (up to about A2 i think)

Kev
08/03/2004 06:59:24 PM · #18
Use yahoo yellow pages to find a commercial supplier if you want more than a little. I got a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet for about fifty dollars last year and use it for this and that. It cuts with wood working tools. and if you sand it it gives a nice rice paper look too;)
08/03/2004 06:35:45 PM · #19
Try Hobby Lobby or Michaels
08/03/2004 06:31:40 PM · #20
Awesome - thanks!
08/03/2004 06:13:23 PM · #21
Sign shops have them. I have purchased a couple and they are very versatile and a good idea to have. A 2' by 3' piece will cost about $30. Just look in your yellow pages for sign shops and call them up ahead of hand to make sure they will sell you a piece to your size requirements.
08/03/2004 06:07:00 PM · #22
Hope this helps. The stuff can be real expensive... //www.selectproducts.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page41.html

08/03/2004 05:49:55 PM · #23
Hi! Does anybody know of a good source for white and/or black plexiglass in the USA? Tried Lowes but no luck.

Thanks for the info!
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