October 26, 2013
I've been a member a few years but first time on forum. Just been reading about trying to find a fly screen or indeed; how to make one.
Firstly they were made from acrylic which could be DIY cut to shape with a fret saw, when drilling holes, grind the top rake off so that the drill scrapes the hole otherwise a standard drill will pull through, snatch and and crack the material. File the edge as smooth as possible and with a gentle/soft flame apply to the edge, this will leave a superbly glossy finish. Place in an oven on a flat board and heat until just slightly"floppy" then place over the required former. The former surface should have a felt surface. This is more or less how they were made, in the flat state they were silk screen printed with an acrylic ink.
This really is how they were made..........I used to make 'em at Motoplas.
August 31, 2016
October 26, 2013
Electric oven temperature setting around 200, this shouldn't be too high sand may need nudging up a tad. Take the material out from time to time and try lifting one edge, if it bends slowly you're in business, if it bends very easily you're heading towards TOO hot.
If TOO HOT the material will certainly follow your former but is likely to have unintended distortions making it look awful.
PS you'll need to wear a gloves
July 25, 2014
January 12, 2019
Not made a fly screen, but made a screen for my sidecar. Putting it in an oven can be very dangerous, as my wife would have put a frying pan around my head. I made a wooden former, and just went back and forth with a heat gun until it would mould. You do have to keep moving the heat gun, as easy to burn the plastic.
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