English
SHOW HISTORY

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.

Mirror Cementing

Affixing mirror sheet to substrates with cement is possible when proper techniques and precautions are followed. The Plaskolite mirror sheet fabrication guide contains more information about the best ways to cement this material.

CEMENTING

Mirrored acrylic is a reflective film applied to a substrate.  When the substrate is affixed to another surface, both of these materials will in time conform to the irregularities of the supporting surface.  A non-smooth, non-planar surface will cause localized bending of the mirrored sheet and distortion in the reflected image.

For best results, mirrored sheets should be mounted to a smooth, rigid, sturdy flat backing such as 5/8" or 3/4" plywood.  The surface should be coated with a high quality paint or sealant to cover pockets and seal out moisture.  The entire surface should then be covered with a mastic or another type of pressure sensitive adhesive.

Solvent cementing of a mirror sheet with a hard-coated surface is not readily accomplishable due to the chemical resistance of the coating.

Another option is to drill oversized holes in the mirrored acrylic and hold it to the wall using screw fasteners.  Do not over tighten the screw fasteners.  Over tightening will cause dimpling and distortion.

Visual distortion is a function of viewing distance and material thickness.  A thicker piece of material will be less flexible and therefore maintain better optical integrity.  Correct installation and sufficient material thickness can reduce visual distortion but may not completely eliminate it.

Ceiling and overhead installations are not recommended unless the mirrored acrylic is mounted in edge-engaging frames such as T-bar suspended ceiling frames or mechanical mounting.

Some adhesives may contain solvents such as toulene, ketones and hexane that can attack the backcoat.  Adhesives with solvents of 5% or more are not recommended.  Since numerous adhesives, cements and mastics are available, they should be tested on expendable pieces prior to the application.  All tests should be applied at least 72 hours in advance to determine compatibility to the backcoat, the reflective coating and the acrylic itself.  The following companies manufacture adhesives that are suggested for use with Plaskolite mirror:

3M
St. Paul MN
Phone# 800-362-3550
www.3m.com

Products:

  • 3M560 Polyurethane Sealant
  • 3M Supr 77 Clear Sprany
  • 9500PC Double Coated Polyester Tape
  • VHB Tape

Before using any adhesives, cements, or mastics, please test expendable samples for at least 72 hours to determine suitability.

 

Request Quote

Request sample

Vibrant Colors, No Fading

Choose from a rainbow of colors that stay true, thanks to the properties of acrylic.

Learn More

Technical Center

Find the options, specs, run-sizes and fabrication guides for your order.

Learn More

Perfect Your Design

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

Learn More