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Old 10-19-2020, 05:05 PM
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I've cut the HD brand PVC and it does really good for me. How many flutes are on your Vbit and what were the specific feeds/speeds you tried?
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:28 AM
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if you can go with a better grade of pvc like versatex or azek will be much better off. HD is probably carrying a chinese import which can be very sketchy especially with thickness tolerances. you can go on their websites and they will show distributors in your area.
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Old 10-22-2020, 06:22 PM
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I finished the second side of the sign today.

I have to be honest, I don't believe PVC will be my first choice of material. It just doesn't v-carve well, IMO. I had to run the toolpath a second time, just as on the first side. The second run seems to clean it up for the most part.

I don't know if a different brand would be better, and I'm not really convinced enough to spend the money to order some, plus paying shipping, just to find that it carves the same.

I have some samples of HDU on it's way, and I've been promised that it is far superior to PVC. There is even a distributor close enough to pick some up, if it does perform well.


I was asked for a pic after carving, so even though it's not the best pic, here it is before I mess it up with paint.




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Old 10-22-2020, 07:24 PM
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HDU is really wonderful to cut...amazing stuff.
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Old 10-23-2020, 09:53 AM
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I have to be honest, I don't believe PVC will be my first choice of material. It just doesn't v-carve well, IMO. I had to run the toolpath a second time, just as on the first side. The second run seems to clean it up for the most part.

I don't know if a different brand would be better, and I'm not really convinced enough to spend the money to order some, plus paying shipping, just to find that it carves the same.
Give us your Vbit specs and cut feeds/speeds. You may be doing something wrong. Don't discount the material until you find out how to cut it.
HDU cuts really well also, but there's good and bad applications for both HDU and PVC.
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:25 PM
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If you were using pointed bits, try one having a round or flat tip.
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Old 10-25-2020, 05:31 PM
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I started the painting. I really hate painting, especially with a brush. I dislike the brush strokes that are left. I have a plan for the next one, if I ever do one, to make painting much quicker, and a better finish.

I like the colors, and the recipient helped pick the colors without even knowing they were. There will be another coat added, and some touch up work, and then to the second side.

Over all, minus the paint work, I'm mildly pleased. I still don't think PVC will be a go to choice, but I still have a sizable piece left. Maybe my opinion will change during using it.




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Old 10-25-2020, 05:55 PM
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If you use that checkered texture, you'll not see all the different thicknesses of the paint. You should never use a flat bottom pocket on a sig, unless you're planning on adding glass smalts.
Otherwise, it looks pretty damn good.
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Old 10-25-2020, 06:16 PM
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If you use that checkered texture, you'll not see all the different thicknesses of the paint. You should never use a flat bottom pocket on a sig, unless you're planning on adding glass smalts.
Otherwise, it looks pretty damn good.

I really wish the texture would've cut correct. I don't think the finish will be visible once it's installed, without being right next to it. I'm going to reduce the paint for the final coat, in hopes that it will level out a little more before drying.
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