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How to polish/buff polycarbonate (lexan) on roughly cut edge? Answered

I'm not talking about minor scratches. I would like to polish 1/2" thick cube that I cut out with table saw, it's not transparent at all on the edges (due to rough cut), but I'd like it to be :)  Can I do it with some kind of Dremel attachment?

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pfred2Best Answer (author)2012-02-20

I've seen clear plastic flame polished but that might not work with the kind you have. This page describes several ways of polishing Plexiglass:

http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/Plexiglass_Edge_Polishing_Charges

Sounds to me like Hand Polishing is the nicest process.

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bratan (author)pfred22012-02-20

Wow Impressive!!! Thanks for the info!

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IlirT (author)2016-06-09

you cannot flame polish polycarbonate. polycarbonate = lexan

you will have to sand lexan, rout it, or polish it with a buffing wheel

once polished you cannot glue a polished edge or it will craze.

this is true of most plastics except plexiglass

The only plastic you CAN flame Acrylic = plexiglass

as seen here flame polishing lexan is a mess (see what happens at 1:45)

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CaseyT10 (author)2015-10-07

this is the little butane torch I used. From Harbor Frieght tools. And the fishing lure I touched up the edge of the lip.

I also included a picture of my test lexan. One side was heated just right...while the other was just a little too much heat.

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CaseyT10 (author)2015-10-07

I know this is an old topic, but I just wanted to add this incase anyone still looks for this information.

I have 1/8th inch lexan. Making fish lure diver lips. I tried sanding and polishing. That didn't work. So after reading this forum, I tried something.

Sand the edge flat with 240 grit sand paper.

Wet sand with 600 grit sand paper.

Use a small butane torch and quickly touch up the edges. Only allowing a tiny amount of heat to graze the lexan. After a few passes, you will start to notice your edge turning clear. Let the lexan cool for about 10-20 seconds, and give it a few more passes.

Afterwards, I used a dremel polish pad and some Meguiars plastX clear plastic polish.

All done!

My project took about 2 minutes all together

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