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zvezdah1 said:
Ridge, pretty neat, can't tell, but assume they're vented?
Chris
The canopies, consisting of three on each of the large
louvers and one on each of the small ones, are fully
vented on each 'scooped area' side. There is also a
1/8th inch slit that runs across the long length of them
at the base to allow more air to escape rearward.
 

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Thanks Ridge, curious, do you think heat will yellow them at all? Do you plan on putting a sealant on such as zaino or rejex. It's really a neat idea.
Chris
 

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has6601 said:
Nice... :clap: How much did it cost?
They ran me $1,100 but the guy who made them
said that they were a royal pain in the a** because
the large ones need to be curved to fit flush with the
framed edges they sit on. Controlling the amount of
'heat applied' bend was a nightmare for him and he
said there is no way he would entertain doing it again.
 

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zvezdah1 said:
Thanks Ridge, curious, do you think heat will yellow them at all? Do you plan on putting a sealant on such as zaino or rejex. It's really a neat idea.
Chris
Miami Lotus used the same type acrylic panels and has
had no problem with yellowing or heat for that matter.
His aren't even vented, whereas mine are. This acrylic,
even though stated to be scratch resistant, MUST be
cleaned with micro-fiber cloths ONLY! The cleaning and
polishing solutions made specifically for this type of
material came directly from the supplier of the acrylic
material (www.tapplastics.com) and they are the only
things I allow to clean them with. Can use my synthetic

chamois to remove water after washing without doing
damage.
 

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nice! :up:
 

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awesome
 

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LotusDeux said:
Singing doo wop as a young guy was my only foray into
music. Did mostly church dances but some of the groups
in my neighborhood did hit the big time. I sang baritone
but always wished I could have been a tenor so I'd be
able to sing 'lead'. Perhaps your band can make a music
video with each separate member near a different color
Elise as you guys perform. I'm sure we could entice a
bunch of Elise owners to donate their cars for the video.
 

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A little hard to see, but they look great. That car has a heck of a shine on it.
 

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scottyb said:
Aren't you afraid that the heat from the engine might cause the them to droop or bend?
The acrylic panels are 1/4" thick and are quite rigid.
Each one is fully framed by clear 3M Dual Lock plastic velcro
that is the same stuff you have holding your e-z pass to
your windshield. Heat doesn't bother it and the stick adhesive
attached to it really holds the panels nicely in place....on the
1/4 inch framed edging it sits on as well as affording a nice
thick cushion. I had to cut the 1 inch strips into 1/4 inch strips
but it was quite easy.
 

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We use the same material for mold forms. Of course we are using a heat lamp to mold it. If you start noticing little bubbles or clouds in the acrylic, you will have a problem. Also, that adhesive on the Velcro also breaks down due to heat. I guess the real question is, how hot does that area get?
 

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scottyb said:
We use the same material for mold forms. Of course we are using a heat lamp to mold it. If you start noticing little bubbles or clouds in the acrylic, you will have a problem. Also, that adhesive on the Velcro also breaks down due to heat. I guess the real question is, how hot does that area get?
I could have had small fasteners drilled into the corners
of each panel but don't see the need. The amount of heat
applied by the tool and dye guy, in order to get the bend
in the larger panels, was far greater than any tempertature
coming off the engine. Also remember that your small louvers
are not held on by anything other than double-sided tape at
the top and bottom portion of the piece......and they are
totally secure. If the sun isn't able to make my e-zpass slide
around, it won't budge my panels. That dual-lock clear plastic
velcro is not like regular material velcro. This stuff was designed
for e-zpass and had to pass stringent tests for heat.
 

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Stan said:
The normal 3M foam tapes are good to about 400F short term and about 220F continuous. We just don't want those one of a kind covers flying off your car on a nice sunny day Ridge!
What I really like about the 3M dual lock is that it really
locks together well, has some cushion-y height to it, and
presents a clean, clear looking framing of the panels. The
large panel area on the passenger side gets the most heat,
which I noticed did affect a neoprene 1/4 inch tape I had
experimented with prior to the dual lock. The neoprene
did turn somewhat squishy but only on the large, passenger
side panel framing and only at the top most portion. The dual
lock has baked in the sun and dealt with 'stuck in traffic' engine
temperatures hitting upwards of 200 degrees without any effect
at all. What 200 degrees of inner-engine temperature translates
to outside the engine and up by the inner lid area, I wouldn't
know. In any event, the 3M dual lock performs excellently in the
real world it shares with Motor Silk.
 

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Stan said:
Well the stuff is bulletproof for easy pass units. You could try shooting an infrared thermometer gun at the car. They are all over the place these days. That way you could get a sense of the actual temperature. They'd be higher during peak Summer conditions.
I'm curious to know what Lotus used in the form of
double sided tape with regard to the securement of the
original louvers? It had a gray color and looked to have
a bit of height to it.....possibly 1/4" high. It sure held
with a lot of strength and was a royal pain in the a**
to get off.
 

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They look great Ron, glad to see they are done! No worries about heat distortion, will never happen. I've had mine for a year now and are larger than Ron's - no problem in the hot Miami sun and bumper to bumper traffic (200 degree engine temps).
 

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MiamiLotus said:
They look great Ron, glad to see they are done! No worries about heat distortion, will never happen. I've had mine for a year now and are larger than Ron's - no problem in the hot Miami sun and bumper to bumper traffic (200 degree engine temps).
Hi John. Without your expert, first-hand advice I never
would have tried to tackle the clear covers. Your car is
looking as great as ever! P.S. - You must have to beat off
the crowds that gather around your car in Miami.
 
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