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DOING IT RIGHT SINCE 1950

The Plaskolite success story spans six decades. See how it all began.

1951

Plastic drinking straws gave us our first taste of success.

1952

Plaskolite introduces the "lifetime fly swatter," the must-have accessory for every front porch.

1954

As fluorescent lighting fixtures become popular, Plaskolite begins extruding prismatic patterned lenses.

1960

Remember the hula hoop craze? Plaskolite manufactured hula hoops in the early sixties.

1970

Plaskolite begins producing smooth acrylic sheets for storm doors and windows; it's much safer than plate glass.

1974

Plaskolite builds its first polymer plant, enabling us to produce our own pellets for sheet production.

1994

With the purchase of MIR-ACRYL, Plaskolite begins producing mirrored acrylic sheet; security mirrors; and hard-coated acrylic sheet products.

1996

Plaskolite acquires Continental Acrylics, a specialty polymers business.

1997

The acquisition of RAM PRODUCTS' flat sheet business enables Plaskolite to begin production of 19 acrylic mirror colors.

2000

In August, Plaskolite completes construction on a state-of-the-art 245,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Zanesville, Ohio.

2006

Plaskolite acquired Bunker Plastics, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate mirror; formed security and transportation mirror; and performance enhancement plastic coatings.

2007

Plaskolite acquires the continuously processed acrylic sheet division of Lucite International, including manufacturing plants in Olive Branch, Miss., and Monterrey, Mexico.

2012

Plaskolite acquires the North American VIVAK® line of PETG sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

2014

Plaskolite acquires the mirror sheet product line
from SPECCHIDEA s.r.l. of Torino, Italy.

Decorating

Paint, screen prints and vinyl appliques are all decorative options that can be applied to Plaskolite acrylic sheet, with few restrictions. Instructions for decorating acrylic sheets can be found below.

Preparation

Figure 15

Plaskolite acrylic sheet can be easily decorated using paints produced specifically for acrylic or vinyl. Follow paint manufactures guidelines for thinners, viscosity, methods, and volumes for optimum results. Proper machining, forming, and fabricating techniques should be followed to reduce the chance of crazing. After handling and fabricating, clean the acrylic sheet. Remove dust, masking residue, and static charges prior to painting or vinyl application.

Painting acrylic sheet reduces it's impact resistance. Design considerations should be taken into account to minimize potential breakage.

Masking

Figure 16

Areas not to be painted can be covered with a liquid maskant, or taped off. If the acrylic sheet is supplied with a paper masking, trim the paper to expose the area to be painted. For excellent results using a liquid maskant, apply a thickness of 10-12 mils wet (3-5 mils dry), allow the maskant to thoroughly dry, and do not expose to UV light (See Fig. 15).

Spray Painting

Use an atomizing spray gun system that will uniformly distribute paint free of water and oil. The use of backlighting will aid in determining the uniformity of paint application (See Fig. 16).

Screen Printing

For volume production, screen printing is fast and economical. Paint is applied with a squeegee in a uniform motion. Paint passes through a screen and transfers to the acrylic sheet. Using a screen in good condition, with a fine mesh size, in conjunction with paint of proper viscosity, will produce painted parts with good detail.

Paint Removal

Figure 17

When paint removal is necessary, immediately remove the paint from the acrylic using the paint manufacturer's recommended remover. Paint removers contain organic solvents harmful to acrylic sheet. Time in contact with the acrylic sheet, especially on high stress areas of thermoformed parts, should be minimized to reduce the chances of crazing.

Vinyl Films

Lettering and intricate designs made with vinyl films, can be adhered to Plaskolite acrylic sheet. Vinyl films can be used as a masking during painting operations. Depending on the size of the graphic, apply the film using either the dry or wet method. Choose the proper vinyl film for the application desired (See Fig. 17).

Thermoforming acrylic with vinyl already applied can be accomplished. Certain restrictions, such as heating temperature and time, depth of draw, and thickness of vinyl affect the quality of the end product.

Refer to vinyl film manufacture's guidelines for more detailed information.

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Booths that Last

Exhibit & trade show displays made from acrylic hold up to set-up and tear-down.

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Free Form

Extremely versatile and formable, acrylic sheet can help you realize nearly any design.

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Whatever color, pattern or texture you need, find it with one of Plaskolite’s many finishes.

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