Acrylic – Poly (methyl methacrylate) PMMA , is a clear, glass-like plastic. With a transparency rate of 93% it is more transparent than glass which makes acrylic the clearest material known.
Acrylic; often referred to as plexi glass or acrylic glass, it is sold under the trade names of Plexiglas, Acrylite, Lucite, Optix, R-Cast, Perspex, Plazcryl, Acrylex, Acrylplast, Altuglas Limacryl, and Polycast.
Unlike glass, as the thickness increases, it retains its clarity. In fact, the largest window in the world is the observation window at California’s Monterrey Bay Aquarium. It is a single sheet of acrylic that is 54 feet long, 18 feet high and 13 inches thick!
After prolonged exposure to sunlight it will not yellow as inferior quality plastics do. It is approximately four times more impact resistance than glass. The disadvantage are; it scratches more readily, it must NOT be cleaned with regular glass cleaners and is priced higher than glass.
It will not shatter but instead breaks into large dull pieces, therefore it can be used when safety glazing of windows and doors is necessary.
Handling and Care
All Acrylic and Polycarbonates have a masking – a paper or plastic protective covering, on both sides to protect the surfaces from scratches during storage and handling. Leave this masking on during all stages of installation and fabrication. Except for delicate work the masking should only be removed when the project is completed. Roll the masking back about ½ of an inch to allow for work on the edges. Then completely remove all masking once the project is complete.
A simple way to remove the masking is to roll it off by wrapping it on a boom handle or a sturdy cardboard tube.
The moment the masking is removed, static electricity will attract dust. We carry an anti static product that prevents the dust from adhering to the surface. This reduces how often it needs to be cleaned, thereby reducing the potential for scratching. It is an excellent product that will also, clean, polish and protect acrylic and polycarbonate.
Before cleaning or polishing make sure the surface is free from any grim that could scratch the surface when it is rubbed.
Minor scratches may be buffed out using a product called “Plastic Cleaner and Polish.” There isn’t any product on the market that will restore a heavily scratched surface on acrylic or polycarbonate.
Never use bleach, ammonia based window cleaning fluids, strong solvents such as gasoline, denatured alcohol, carbon tetrachloride, or acetone. A mild solution of dish detergent and water is sufficient to clean all acrylic and polycarbonate.
The following types and thickness we have in stock, anything we don’t carry we will order. Contact us we are here to help.
1/16″, .100, 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″
Smooth Rough (shower door pattern) -1/8″, 1/4″
Pattern 62 (orange peel) -1/8″, 1/4″
Gray – 1/8″ and” 1/4
White – (opaque and translucent) 1/8″, 1/4″
Bronze – 3/16″, 1/4″
Black – 1/4″
Prismatic Panels – 1/8″ non-yellowing plastic florescent light lens. It controls the glare but improves the lighting efficiency.
1/8″ and 1/4″ thick