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Old 09-15-2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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Custom Floor Pans for racers

Don't go calling this a ricer mod, I needed floor pans to keep my feet out of possible fluid leak and to keep my newly painted white floor white

I just made some floor pans for my hillclimb project car out of plexi glass. For those race car guys with bare metal floors here is a great floor pan to make to custom fit your floor!

Materials::
18"x24" plexi glass sheet (1 per side)
Skateboard Grip tape (I used Shorty's Blackmagic)
Sticky back velcro strips

Tools::
Scissors
Box Cutter
Heat resistant gloves
Kitchen Oven or other way to heat full sheets of plexi glass
Spray bottle with water
Rags
Small heavy weights

(I didn't use the tape measure like I thought I needed too, 18x24 sheets fit perfect)

How to::
1:: Preheat your oven to 300*F

2:: After oven reaches temp remove protective film from both sides of Plexi Glass and place in the middle section of your oven (put a pan under it so it doesn't fall to the elements or on to the grill)

(as you can see I didn't)
3:: Let the Plexi glass heat up for about 5-8 minutes BUT NO LONGER THAN 8 MINUTES or until its easily bendable and using heat resistant gloves remove from the oven
4:: Sprint out to your car before it cools down to much to mold and flop it onto your METAL floor on your car
5:: Moving quickly make all adjustments to the position of the edges of the panel and then push down on areas to mold it to the floor of your car
6:: Using the weights and rags to help hold the panels shape while it cools Lightly spray the panel with water (careful to watch for curling or lifting of edges)
7:: After panel is cool and holds shape remove it and apply your skateboard grip take (Use the box cutter to trim edges if needed)
8:: Apply your velcro strips to your car first and remove protective covering for the opposite side and replace your floor pan (Be sure to firmly press on the spots where the velcro is
9:: Enjoy your new removable plexi glass floor pans







My passenger side molded better and looks alot better but I ran out of grip tape. I'll post pictures up tomorrow when its done. I also outlined places to mount the velcro strips on the plexi glass for the drivers side. On the passenger side I mounted the strips to the car first which I found to be better. Be sure to mount the velcro before you put the grip tape on as well so you can see where to put the velcro strips.


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Old 09-15-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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that is elegantly simple, good job!
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:11 PM   #3
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thats awesome! great work :)
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Thats cool. Looks like it will work well.
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Nice work man. I never knew that you could heat up plex glass like that for shaping.
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Cool thing about heating up plexi glass like that is if you want to make a plexi glass cover for something or a bowl or anything like that. You can heat it up in your oven and make just about any shape you want. Pretty cool trick, I think I'm going to try and make some panels for inside my car this way.
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I was going to use this method with Lexan for new rear side windows, in order to maintain the curve of the glass/body when I bolt in the lightweight stuff.
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Dude...nice sneakers!
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Great idea! some thoughts. If you have a gas oven, place the piece mid oven and use overhead broil (with a stand-alone thermostat). Reason is, most gas ovens have 'hot spots' along the sides. Broiling removes these but you have to monitor the temp carefully. Yes I know it's only 300f, but if those edges start to 'burn', your mum or wife is going to kill you because your not going to get the stink out easily.
Also, an electric paint stripper gun ready to go might by useful for spot rework (as long as the entire piece is still warm).
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