Fabricating acrylic, PETG and polycarbonate mirror sheet requires specific steps to prevent damage. Plaskolite’s mirror fabrication guide ensures fabricators have all the information they need to complete their projects.
All Plaskolite mirrored sheets are furnished with a protective masking on the top side of the sheet. Do not slide Plaskolite mirrorized sheets when transporting. The masking should be left on the sheet during storage and fabrication to prevent damage. Plaskolite mirror is shipped in "ready-to-store" condition. Keep away from excessive and warm area with the original packing intact. however, this is not always practical as all or part of the shipment must be unpackaged for the customer to use. In these cases, the following guidelines should be followed:
Vertical Storage: If the mirror sheets are to be stored on end, care must be taken to avoid warping. Sheets must stand with an angle of no more than 10 degrees from the vertical. A-frame racks made of plywood can be made to give full support to the materials.
Horizontal Storage: If the acrylic mirror is to be stored flat, care must bet taken to avoid warping, slipping and scratching. If different sizes are to be stored together, make sure the largest pieces are at the bottom, the smallest on top. This will prevent overhang which can lead to warping and reduce the risk of scratching if a slip occurs, or while unpacking. Pallets are packaged with a heavy poly overwrap which protects the sheet from dirt and moisture. The overwrap should be intact during storage.
Masking: Each mirrored product is well protected by a durable paint backing and a removable masking on the front. This masking should remain in place to protect the sheets during all phases of fabrication and installation. Plaskolite plastic sheets should be handled mirror side down, with the masking left on. Care should be taken not to slide sheets against each other.
Removing Masking: If there is difficulty in removing the masking, use aliphatic naptha, kerosene, or distilled alcohol to moisten the adhesive. Do not use other chemicals or sharp objects to remove the masking.
Washing: Use a mild soap and a damp soft cloth to wipe the surface of the sheet with light pressure, avoiding the edges of the sheet. To remove the grease, oil, or tar deposits on the material, use hexane or kerosene to remove them. Do not use any chemicals on a painted print design. Do not use window cleaning sprays, kitchen scouring compounds, or other chemicals to clean mirrorized sheets.
Polishing: A surface gloss can be maintained by occasionally using a flannel cloth and good plastic cleanser or polish, such as Johnson's Pledge. Follow the instructions for polishing on the container.
Removing Scratches: Fine scratches can be removed by hand polishing with a plastic scratch remover or compound cleaner. Remove all residue and polish with a flannel cloth. Deep scratches need to be lightly sanded, using a 400 grit 'wet or dry' sandpaper.