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Polycarbonate Sheets

Discussion in 'Materials' started by Renato Pinto, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Renato Pinto

    Renato Pinto Graphics Manager

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    Who do you guys order polycarbonate from? We normally order from Grimco and that works just fine. Just wasn't sure if there were any vendors out there that were more affordable.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Try a local commercial plastics warehouse...just be sure you are quoting sign grade poly
     
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  3. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

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    harborsalse.net, N. Glantz and sons, and local plastic suppliers
     
  4. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Our Grimco is much higher than N.Glantz...and our N.Glantz has more sizes available.
     
  5. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    in the midwest? easy. midwest, nglantz, laird, piedmont
    if you're willing to bite the bullet, buy a coil..... HUGE price break.
     
  6. JBurton

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    This is a great idea, but only if you have a way to handle it. We got one in, the forklift forks could barely hold it due to the size nobody thought about, and then realized we needed to fab up a spool holder so we could actually get the material off without rolling it down the road. It was a bit of a clusterf*ck if you can imagine...
    Does Reece Supply deliver up there? They will cut 5 10' lengths off for me for the same price as 50' linear, which is really more convenient for everyone involved (except the guy running the saw)
     
  7. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    yeah, i'm spoiled. we fab'd a spool holder over a decade ago :)
    its also quite a footprint in the shop
     
  8. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Am I the only one that is scared every-time I pop loose the band on a roll of Poly?
     
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  9. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    No, we do the rope lasso to try to control it
     
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  10. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I'm always afraid the sheet is going to slip and pop me right in the face. I usually put my foot on it so I can ensure it doesn't come back on me but my heart still pounds every-time I unfurl that stuff.

    I have 6, 20' coils to unfurl next week... I might need a little sedative before hand.
     
  11. Jun Lanon

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    polymershapes.com
     
  12. boxerbay

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    Piedmont Plastics - or a local vendor
     
  13. 2B

    2B Moderator

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    yes, use the same approach.
    an old lasso (cowboy) rope is very handy


    I'd use the sedative AFTER :)

    got slapped in the face, once. that was more than enough for me!
    now if alone, I wear a football helmet or at the very least a mouth guard
     
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  14. Category5

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    Another vote for Piedmont. I buy acrylic from them regularly. Good folks.
     
  15. JBurton

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    C'mon, cowboy up! I literally hop on top of the reels, cut it loose, and ride like the wind! By the time it's about a 4' diameter most of the spring is out of it and you can roll on foot onto the ground.
    If you ask me, the stuff I was unwinding 15 years ago was much more springy. That our reece used to roll them waaay tighter.


    The real question here, did you fab the spool holder before or after the roll showed up?
     
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  16. RISEgraphics

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    Polymershapes
     
  17. Modern Ink Signs

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    Cut the strap and RUN!!!

    o_O
     
  18. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Jburton one evening at the shop.... Cowboy up and ride that poly into the night.

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    The way the Reece Supply ties them, we'll just pull the rope and run if it's less than 15 feet.
     
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