Step 1: Build a Press or Get Some Clamps
because the water based varnish proved to be the best glue for this application a manual press or clamping pressure had to be used instead of vacume bagging because the rawhide and varnish need to be exposed to air to dry. MDF is the perfect material to protect the rawhide and disperse clamping pressure because it can let air pass.
picture shows a large press constructed of Unistrut from Lord and Sons in San Jose
Step 2: Prepare the Substrates for Bonding
in the photo's I used a DA sander with 60 grit sand paper.
Th polycarbonate was clear before sanding, sand it until frosted to remove the hard top layer.
clean off the dust.
Step 3: Glue and Press
clamp in the center first then work your way out to push air out.
Step 4: Admire Your Results