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Acrylic vs Polycarbonate Overlays

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  • Acrylic vs Polycarbonate Overlays

    I'm conducting a bit of research for my upcoming arcade stick project and was planning to use a clear sheet of acrylic (aka perspex) or polycarbonate (aka lexan) on top of the control panel (imagine something like the works of Byrdo).

    From what I've read, it seems Acrylic and Polycarbonate are the two main materials that people use when it comes to clear glass alternatives. Polycarbonate is supposedly more durable and (as a result, I imagine) expensive, however.

    Can anyone share their past acrylic/polycarbonate experiences?
    Is polycarbonate that much better/more worth it?
    Some pricing info would be greatly appreciated, too.

    Thanks guys.

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    I can't find the links at the moment, however there are a number of pinball websites that discuss whether acrylic or polycarb is better.

    This is in the context of reproducing pinball plastics so matters such as heat, durability, ability to be drilled, price etc are all discussed

    From my reading everyone preferred polycarbonate

    I will see if i can find the link, however google reproducing pinball plastics and you should find it

    looking for:
    the baseboard for a Gottlieb Royal Guard
    Zaccaria Devil Riders Backglass
    Williams OXO, GTB Volcano


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