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Best way to drill plastic?

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    Best way to drill plastic?


    OK, so I just got my frame/tail/bar-end sliders in the mail today, and now I am faced with figurin out the best way to drill a 2" hole in each of my side plastics... I figure I will lay out some masking tape on the front surface and just use one of those circular/saw drill bits. Is this gonna make a wreck out of my plastics?

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    Best way to drill plastic?

    steady hand and a dremel.

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    Best way to drill plastic?

    I have used regular hole saws to cut old plastic fairings. You have to be real careful not to let the bit tear, twist or crack the plastic as it nears the end of the cut though.

    Dremel is a great tool to use to clean up the hole or make it larger.

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    Best way to drill plastic?

    Originally posted by keeena
    I have used regular hole saws to cut old plastic fairings. You have to be real careful not to let the bit tear, twist or crack the plastic as it nears the end of the cut though.

    Dremel is a great tool to use to clean up the hole or make it larger.
    ...and go very slow

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    Best way to drill plastic?

    Cool cool... Hopefully I can give it a shot tonight, and I don't end up with torn up plastics! I think I'll go the hole saw smaller than needed, dremel to size route.

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    Best way to drill plastic?

    Originally posted by bigred875
    ...and go very slow
    you just dont have the right bits.


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    Best way to drill plastic?

    Masking tape is a great idea. Make sure it's warm (room temp) so the plastic is flexible. Also lightly center punch the hole before drilling, and if you are using a hole saw predrill the center. If you don't given that it isn't a flat surface if the hole saw drill slips while drilling through it gets ugly fast.

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    hole saw

    Use a hole saw, period. We do it all the time for the race bikes

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