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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2018, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for people that recently made glass lids

Looking to make a diy sliding glass lid and was wondering which corner moulding you used. I cant find the one in the original guide online.

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If you ask the window, door, and trim guys at the local Lowe's or Home Depot for FRP corner molding they should take you right to it

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I found it. The pc id # is the same but the bar code and everything else is different now. Do you know what paint I can use on it?

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Yeah it seems the bar code changes on lots of products all the time.

I used Fusion for Plastic black spray paint and only painted the top of the trim and a bit of the side that was above my tank trim.

Don't paint the groove as it will make the glass hard to slide.

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what glass thickness did you use? I only seen 2mm which is half the thickness of a versatop

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An alternative to corner molding is "plastic door track" from home depot. It looks like an "m" for two sheets of glass to fit in. I got a 72" pair of the stuff that I'm using for a 36" 40b and 48" 75g while getting 1/4" glass cut by a local shop for ~$5 a square foot with flame polished edges. It's a little hard to install since you need both pieces of glass within the track, then set the track into the groove for the tank lid, but everything slides nice and smooth.
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A local shop will sell me 2 pieces for my 20 long at 1/8 thick for 12.19 each which I think is thick enough. 29 inches long by 5 inches wide and I expect like a half inch overlap

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A standard 20 long is 11 3/4 wide from trim rail to trim rail. Five inches will not cover the tank.

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A local shop will sell me 2 pieces for my 20 long at 1/8 thick for 12.19 each which I think is thick enough. 29 inches long by 5 inches wide and I expect like a half inch overlap
With 1/8" glass and those dimensions you're going to get bowing issues. I'd get two pieces ~15x12 and be able to slide them horizontally. This lets you access the full half of the tank instead of just a strip of the front or back, plus the glass will be more dimensionally stable. Make sure to take off a bit of length to accommodate the trim taking up space.
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Can't do horizontal just because of my heater/filter. I'm asking if they have 3/16, if they dont I might try remove the black brace from the versa top since its 3/16.

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A local shop will sell me 2 pieces for my 20 long at 1/8 thick for 12.19 each which I think is thick enough. 29 inches long by 5 inches wide and I expect like a half inch overlap
Pretty expensive glass. I just bought some 11-3/4 x 14-1/2 pcs. and they charged me $4.34 each. Might pay to look around if you have the time.

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Ya for 3/16 they want 38$ for two pieces cut to 29x5

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I made mine with Lexan, not glass panes. It's very lightweight. I used what the home depot store calls plastic "F-channel" and made it black to blend in. The only issue I have with using Lexan is it bows -that's why I put a small center support bar- (from the moisture I think) but I remove the lid each week to get into the tank to trim, so I just wipe it down and flip the pieces over each week to correct the bend.

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@JJ09, how thick is your Lexan? I go with the 3/16" or 1/4" depending on what they have the best price on at the time at Tap Plastics, and they have always been pretty kind on pricing when I ask nicely. I think I paid $22 for 1/4" on my 29 gallon which was just under 30" x 12", and I don't have any bowing or warping issues.
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@natemcnutty, it's 1/8" thick. I really like my lid- in fact I made a second one out of extra pieces for my 20H, but without a sliding channel (I just lift the pieces off as I need to). But if I ever make a new one I will definitely get thicker Lexan. I used what was available at my HDepot, there weren't a lot of choices. Still quite happy with it, the slight bow it gets at the end of each week is minor annoyance.
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