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Acrylic is available in sheet, rod and tube form from Pacific West

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article image Acrylic sheets available in a range of colours

Acrylic is the most commonly used clear plastic sheeting. It is a very versatile plastic product and everyone comes across acrylic sheet in their daily lives.

Acrylic is often referred to as ‘perspex’, as acrylic and perspex are exactly the same product.  Perspex is simply a brand name for acrylic.    

Acrylic is available in sheet, rod and tube form from Pacific West . Acrylic has a high degree of transparency and actually transmits 93% of light. This optical clarity makes acrylic a good plastic alternative for glass. In fact, acrylic insulates better and is more flexible than glass, is half the weight of glass, is 8 times stronger than glass on impact, is heat bendable, machineable and any scratches can be buffed out.

Acrylic is available in many tints, translucent or transparent, gold and silver mirror, prismatic and non-reflective grades. The prismatic acrylic is generally used for sky lights and privacy panels. The non-reflective is good for picture frames. The tints and colours are particularly good when used for signage, illuminated signs, lighting and decorative displays and shop fittings.

Acrylic can withstand temperatures of up to 70 degrees centigrade continuously and to a maximum of 90 degrees centigrade for short periods of time. Acrylic melts at 100 degrees centigrade and will also melt and burn under a direct flame. Acrylic has a tensile strength of 7,000 psi and is made from petroleum.

Features and benefits of acrylic:

  • Good weather resistance
  • Impact strength
  • Chemical resistance
  • Electrical properties
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Ease of fabrication
  • Can be easily engraved
  • Can be flame polished, creating a glass like finish on the edges
  • Non toxic
  • Easily cleaned
Suggested uses of acrylic:

  • Light boxes
  • Display cases/cabinets
  • Sight glasses
  • Boat windows
  • Shelves
  • Trays
  • Brochure holders/stands
  • Menu holders/stands
  • Cake display stands
  • Aquariums
  • Picture framing
  • Aeroplane cockpit windows
  • Windows in models

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