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Need help finding cheap thermo formable plastic! Answered

Greetings!
I need help finding a material for a project. I am looking for the cheapest Thermo-formable plastic that I can find. I need to be able to form it with a heat gun and keep its rigidity after forming. I also need to be able to paint it. I require a large amount so I am looking for the cheapest. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Jonas3
Jonas3

10 years ago

I need the plastic in sheet form so I can make cut outs of the parts I need to form

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

Home centers have acrylic and polycarbonate plastic sheets(plexiglas,Lexan). The acrylic being the cheapest, plexiglas, then Lexan and come in sheets the size to replace the glass in a normal window. Painting plastic is tricky as you need to find a suitable paint and prep the surface properly. Depending on what you want to make, i.e. a laptop stand or something with no wear and tear, you might want to look up a plastics supply shop that has different materials in the thickness you need.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

10 years ago

I think people have repurposed plastic soda bottles that are made from PET type plastic. You can heat it with a heat gun and will be pliable to shape. Good luck.