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I am going to be in Lima,Ohio soon and remember two builders of race car transport trailers who were looking for extra long sheets of styrene for their projects. There is a plastic distributor in Lima that offers large sheets occasionally. I would like hear from those builders to find out sheet sizes and thickness they are looking for. I will look to see what they have and the price involved.

 

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I don't know about that area, but any large city could have a plastics distributor with 4'x8' sheets. At that size, the price per square inch a LOT less than you would pay at a hobby shop.

I bought a sheet of .125" a while back.

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I wonder if Tom means "cut-offs"? I used to have a plastics distributor with a small store on the side of the building where they sold cut-offs priced per pound (and very cheap). Some of the pieces were quite large. Unfortunately that place is gone now.

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By "cut-off" I mean small pieces left over after they cut large sheets to size for other customers. Kind of of like buying carpet remnants where partial rolls are available at bargain prices.

The builders I mentioned were planning 53' long race car haulers and were not wanting to butt splice a series of smaller sheets to reach that length and maintain a seamless look.

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When I lived in Charlotte there was a plastic Dist that sold 'cut offs' by the pound. After a number of trips in there buying lots of plastic they started cutting me a deal at about 1/2 price which was really cheap. Lived off that supply for a long time.  They shut down just before I moved away. 

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Local sign companies may be a resource as well.  Company I worked for used sheet styrene for gas pump overlays and I have a 2" tall stack of .040 sheets that are 3" x 6".  Nice to have on hand when I need it.  Sign companies, especially smaller ones, are always looking to get rid of scrap without having to deal with it.  Just a thought.  Company I'm with now gives away 2x4s and oak pallets for the asking.  You come get it.  Same with trash cans from convenience store.  We have about 50 of them on the lot that are free for the asking.  

But yes, I plastic suppolier will sell a big sheet for not much more than a pack of little sheets.

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