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Tips of the Trade

Welded Repairs- Is it worth it?

Plastic is everywhere these days and many plastics can be welded.  It can be handy to know that you may have a choice to repair something if it breaks rather than just replacing it and sending it to landfill. So … Continue reading

How to Flame Polish Acrylic (Perspex)

Polished edges on acrylic look fantastic but professional diamond edge polishers are very expensive.  If you have access to a propane or preferably MAP gas torch you can achieve very good results with some basic equipment and a little technique. … Continue reading

How to Remove Scratches from Acrylic (Perspex)

This has got to be one of the most commonly asked questions – “can I get scratches out of Perspex?”   And the answer of course is, it depends!. Light surface scratching can be buffed out of acrylic. Deep scratches on … Continue reading

Rear Window Screens- Cheap Insurance

Protecting a rear vehicle window from breaking when venturing off-road with a trailer or caravan has been a head scratching exercise for many folk over the years. There are lots of commercial (usually very expensive) solutions which are designed to … Continue reading

English as She is Spoke! Do you know what opaque means?

Many customers contact us and ask for opaque acrylic to use in a skylight. Really, opaque material in a skylight would defeat the purpose as, according to the Macquarie Dictionary opaque is defined as “not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to … Continue reading

What is polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate is another clear thermoplastic not too dissimilar in appearance to acrylic. One of the better known brands of polycarbonate is Lexan. Rated at up to 250 times more impact resistant that ordinary glass of the same thickness polycarbonate has … Continue reading

What is acrylic? All the guff on acrylic (Perspex) right here!

Cast acrylic is a really versatile and useful plastic which is commonly used as an alternative to glass. Available in clear or a range of tints, colours and finishes, acrylic can be shaped and formed into many different applications and … Continue reading

How do I clean acrylic and polycarbonate?

Acrylic and polycarbonate can be cleaned with a 50:50 mix of methylated spirit and water and a very soft, clean cloth. Never rub off dirt with your hand or with a dry cloth – always rinse or hose of all … Continue reading

Which plastic is which?

Choosing the correct plastic for the job is vitally important. It could be that presentation is the main reason or it might be strength and durability. We can help you in your choice of material to give you the best … Continue reading

How do I cut and drill acrylic and polycarbonate?

Acrylic and polycarbonate sheet can be drilled using commercially available power driven equipment, such as portable drills, drill presses, lathes, or automatic multiple-spindle drilling units. Drill bits manufactured specifically for plastics work best when drilling acrylic and polycarbonate sheet. Metal … Continue reading