How to Bend Your Plexiglas
Plexiglas is used today for many different applications, particularly as replacement glass in windows. Plexiglas is much stronger than regular glass and has the ability to bend slightly for easy installation to replace a pane of glass. Bending Plexiglas allows it to take many different forms and is a task that can be accomplished by any homeowner with the proper tools.
Things You'll Need
- Heat gun
- Safety goggles
Set the Plexiglas on a table. Remove the plastic covering from both sides of the Plexiglas. Mark on the Plexiglas with a pencil where the bend is going to be made and clamp down with a C-clamp so the bend is at the edge of the table.
Plug in the heat gun and turn it on to low heat. Start at one end of the mark and heat across where the bend is going to be made. Continue across the entire piece and hold the heat gun under the piece repeating the same motion. Continue in this manner until the Plexiglas begins to heat up.
Bend the Plexiglas to check and see if it is hot enough to move yet. Continue heating and bend to the desired angle. Turn off the heat gun and hold the Plexiglas in place at the desired angle for a couple of minutes. This will allow it time to cool down and form into the desired shape.
Remove the clamp from the Plexiglas and pick up the piece. Inspect it to make sure the desired bend has been achieved.
Tips & Warnings
- It is recommended to use gloves when working with a heat gun. Safety goggles are also recommended.
- Never stay in one spot too long when heating the Plexiglas. Make sure to keep the heat gun moving at all times.
- The Plexiglas can get extremely hot when under the heat gun. Be careful at all times when using the heat gun.