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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.

Mirror Finishing

For applications that require a clean-edged acrylic mirror sheet, Plaskolite's Acrylic Mirror Fabrication guide offers the techniques for edge and surface finishing. The instructions below will help you achieve the look you're seeking.

Edge And Surface Finishing

The extent of finishing needed to produce a smooth, transparent edge is based upon the quality of the cutting tool used to machine the edge.  A properly designed cutting tool with a sharp cutter will reduce the amount of finishing needed.  Finishing is also reduced when a spray coolant is used along with the cutting tool to reduce excess heat build-up.

Polishing: A polished edge is the best possible finished edge, but requires the most preparation. Prior sanding is necessary if the edge is shaped from a saw-cut, sanding is not necessary when there is a well milled edge.  A jointer, shaper, or hand-scraped edge can be used in place of sanding.  A stationary polishing head produces the best polished surface.  Bleached muslin wheels with a diameter of 8" to 14" with bias strips is recommended.  This gives the buffing wheel a pleated appearance, and runs cooler than a stitched buffing wheel design and will also do a fast job.

Polishing Compounds: The finished quality of the polished edge is determined by the polishing compound used.  To produce a high luster finish, the use of a fast cutting compound fist will remove all sanding marks, followed by a high luster compound for the final buffing.  To achieve a fairly good finish in one operation, a medium cutting compound would be best.

Polishing Surface: Prior sanding is not necessary when the scratches or machining marks are not too deep.  A surface polishing wheel should be from 6" to 12" in diameter, built to a width for 1 1/2" to 2".  For the initial polish, use a soft, bleached muslin wheel, followed by a soft flannel wheel for the finishing.

Depending on the depth of the scratches, use a medium-coarse polishing compound or a fine compound.

Be sure to keep the Plaskolite mirror in motion at all times during the polishing procedure.

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