polystyrene vs acrylic?

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by EyeofSauron, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. EyeofSauron

    EyeofSauron Master Member

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    hey guys :)

    looking to make a visor, via heatforming.

    now my local hardware store only has acrylic that is 6 mm thick and up. while they have polystyrol that is 2 mm and up.
    also the polystrene is cheaper

    so far i have only used acrylic for stuff like this, but only smaller pieces (dragonball scouter)

    would polystyrene work the same way?

    im intending to form it and then put a tinted window foil on it, the polystyrene would be clear
  2. G33k

    G33k Member

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    All of my experience with polystyrene has been tepid at best. it tends to be kinda weak, and prone to cracking/tearing. If the part is never under any stress, it might be ok. Acrylic's heavier, and a bit more fussy, but overall more durable. It will still crack, but not as easily. Hope that helps
  3. oota goota

    oota goota Well-Known Member

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    How about ABS?

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