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lexan for windows? legal?

My car is a beast of a car, and to get rid of some of the weight i was wondering if it is legal for street use to have lexan windows. I would probably only do the rear window as it woudn't get mucked up with bugs ect, and i don't see why that one wouldn't be legal.

Anyway, anyone know or have experiences with lexan

Could i use the same mounting stuff as before or does it need to be screwed or bolted on like i so commonly see with race cars?

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Everything but the windshild. it's also very hard to scratch up.

that cheap plastic stuff will get messed up fast in a car, or anything for that matter.
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Everything but the windshild. it's also very hard to scratch up.

that cheap plastic stuff will get messed up fast in a car, or anything for that matter.
a little confused, the lexan will get scratched up easy, or it is hard to scratch. "that cheap plastic stuff" reffering to plexiglass or something similar
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Lexan is top notch, hard to brake, hard to scratch, almost better than glass.

Plexyglass is a fancy name for clear plastic, it will get faded by sunlight, and scratched by anything.

Lexan has been around awhile, I think there may be some more advanced stuff now??

go to HomoDepot or Lowes, they should have that stuff in there.
I'm pretty sure you can install Lexan the same way as glass.
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I have Lexan for a windsheild on my golfcart. It doesn't scratch as easy as plexiglas, but does scratch. After 2 years it is starting to fade a little.

I also used it to replace the plastic back window in my convertible. A lot better than that faded plastic.
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Lexan is not plexiglass, it's is in a class all it's own. Some will try and tell you it is the same as plexiglass, but it isn't.

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Lexan is not plexiglass, it's is in a class all it's own. Some will try and tell you it is the same as plexiglass, but it isn't.

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yah, i know there is a big difference, but not sure what those differences were as far as scratchability and fading.
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Lexan is top notch, hard to brake, hard to scratch, almost better than glass
Lexan is not hard to scratch. We work wwith Lexan and we work with Plexiglass. Plexi is breakable. Lexan is not. They are not the same but will both scratch up. After a year or so having either on your car you will not be satisfied. Especially at night when lights hit it. I would look for other ways to reduce weight and keep the glass.

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Lexan is not hard to scratch. We work wwith Lexan and we work with Plexiglass. Plexi is breakable. Lexan is not. They are not the same but will both scratch up. After a year or so having either on your car you will not be satisfied. Especially at night when lights hit it. I would look for other ways to reduce weight and keep the glass.

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hmm, that's sucks
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There is a plastic of sorts that is advertised in street rod mail order mags as a glass replacement. I think it is DOT approved. I will try and find the manufacturer.

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The difference between "Lexan" & Plexiglass is that Lexan is "Shatter Proof " , Bullet proof (depending upon thickness & caliber of bullet) , it has a DOT rating , and is used for on airplanes .
You are better off trying to find a wholesaler than buying it from a chain store . They make an areosol spray that will clean it & "hide"scratches .
You can also bend it in a sheetmetal brake as long as the brake is adjustible .
I made windows for my boat out of lexan and they are holding up very well .
One last note all milatary helicopter windshields are made from lexan .
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Lexan or plexiglass

Lexan is a brand name for poly-carbonate. It would be best to find a plastic supply outlet, rather than a home center. Expect to pay around $100 for a 4x8 sheet of 1/4 inch. Scratches can be polished out just like in a paint job. Though it would work as a windshield, I am sure it is not street legal anywhere in the US.
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