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 result but here is a little bit of information which will help with your selection.
ACRYLIC – (commonly known as Perspex) is available in clear from 2.0mm thick through to 20.0mm thick. It is also available in a full range of colours in 2.0mm & 3.0mm thickness. Acrylic is ideal for all types of fabrication where an eye-catching product is required. Clear acrylic is ideal for featuring your product without taking away from the product on display. Plasweld stocks clear and coloured acrylic sheet 2440mm x 1220mm in a variety of thickness.
POLYCARBONATE – looks very much like acrylic but is virtually unbreakable. Available in clear, rom 1.0mm through to 12.7mm thick. Polycarbonate is ideal for machine guards, external sign boards and window replacement in caravans, horse floats, loaders and excavators. Polycarbonate can take impact from rocks and other flying objects and is rated as being 250 times stronger than standard glass. Plasweld stocks clear and tinted polycarbonate sheet 2440mm x 1220mm in a variety of thickness.
PVC – available in white, grey or clear from 2.0mm thick through to 20.0mm thick. Excellent for making tanks for water or chemical storage, grease traps, or any construction where a sturdy product is required. Plasweld stocks clear, white and grey PVC sheet 2440mm x 1220mm in a variety of thickness.
POLYPROPYLENE (PP)- available in beige or black, PP is ideal for fabricating any items used in food production areas. It is one of the most chemically resistant plastics and is commonly used for battery cases, laboratory sinks and chemical storage tanks. Plasweld stocks black and beige PP sheet 3000 x 15000 in a variety of thickness.
POLYETHYLENE (PE) – PE is another very versatile food grade plastic. Commonly used for everything from water tanks to canoes, wheelie bins to garden furniture. PE comes in various grades with the most common being High Density (HDPE). Like PP it can be bent, formed and welded into a range of shapes. PE is perfect for customized water tanks, chopping boards and wear strips. Plasweld stocks black and white HDPE sheet 3000 x 15000 in a variety of thickness as well as UHMWPE.
ABS – ABS is often used in the automotive industry for body parts, motor bike fairings and dashboard components. It can be bent, formed, welded and glued.Back to Tips of the Trade