Tagged: Moldable plastic for dial cover
April 8, 2019 at 2:43 pm #11346
I have to create a dial cover for my Viking 652-E because it’s missing and I think it must have been curved so I’m wondering if anyone has any experience/advice on heat molding a new dial cover. I’ve seen some web sites where others have talked about using moldable plastic but I can’t find a Canadian supplier of the material. And I’m not sure if it’s worth it or if I should just use a piece of flat glass.
Attachments:April 9, 2019 at 7:07 am #11360Dan WalkerCVRS Member
I tried twice to post a response, but it is not going through [so far].
Here is a link . Dan WalkerApril 9, 2019 at 10:15 am #11361Dan WalkerCVRS Member
Maybe there is a limit to the number of photos anyone can put on the forum. I tried with about10 photos and the post never made it to the forum. here are a couple of photos.
Dan in Calgary
Attachments:April 9, 2019 at 3:21 pm #11367
Hi Les – I make my dial covers with 0.020 inch PETG clear sheet from Industrial Plastics in Victoria. I see that they have locations across BC and in Calgary.
PM me if you have trouble getting this material and I will send you several pieces to try.
Attachments:April 13, 2019 at 12:53 pm #11376
Thanks for the useful information Dan Walker and Gary Albach. I located some material in Saskatoon at WD Plastics (https://www.wdplastics.com/), which is only 1.5 hours away from where I live so I’m going to give it a try. It’s a bit thicker than what’s been described at 1/16″ (0.06).April 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm #11377
Les, I’ve also had limited success using clear plastic food packaging material. It’s PETG but typically thinner than 0.020″, and finding a flat piece without striations can be difficult. Must be heated slowly as it tends to curl like a potato chip. But maybe worth a try.
GaryApril 15, 2019 at 11:42 am #11384
Here are some photos of the dial cover I made using the 1/16″ material and a heat gun. I was very pleased that something with this thickness was so easy to form with just a heat gun. I paid $30 for 1/4 of a sheet (24″ x 48″) including a cutting fee.
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Attachments:April 15, 2019 at 12:28 pm #11388
Well done! What material did you use as a form?April 16, 2019 at 9:10 am #11389
I used 3/8″ particle board and rounded the edges with a 1/4″ router bit. I think in the future I’d use a more stable material like MDF or plywood because the edges of the particle board tend to chip out.
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