Writing and painting on PLEXIGLAS®
PLEXIGLAS® is very easy to write and paint on – both permanently and wipe-clean. Here you can find out which pens, paints and other techniques are suitable for applying writing and logos to PLEXIGLAS®.
There are various ways to apply text and images to PLEXIGLAS®: from pens and paints to printing, engraving and embossing processes.
First things first: Before being written or painted on, the surface must be free from dust, grease and dirt. All it takes to clean PLEXIGLAS® is a soft, lint-free cloth, warm water and a drop of detergent. In case of heavy soiling, a special plastic cleaner is advisable.
Wipe-clean writing on PLEXIGLAS®
Whether you want to make a mark for drilling or use a PLEXIGLAS® sheet as a noticeboard in the office or home – both are possible with special pens. Grease pencils, board markets and colored pencils specially designed for smooth surfaces, such as plastic, are all suitable for writing on PLEXIGLAS® and can be removed again without residue.
Markings, such as for drilled holes, cut edges or outlines, are usually made on the protective film of the PLEXIGLAS® sheets. If this has already been removed, however, marks can be made directly on the sheet surface using the special pens listed and then wiped off.
Tip: PLEXIGLAS® as a markerboard and painting surface
Permanent writing on PLEXIGLAS®
Permanent markers, film markers and paint sticks are just some of the pens suitable for permanent writing on PLEXIGLAS®. Specialist retailers can provide advice on pens for indelible writing on smooth surfaces such as plastic or glass. For writing on outdoor surfaces, the color also needs to be resistant to light and weather.
Painting on PLEXIGLAS®
When it comes to creativity, the sky is the limit. Colors look especially intense on highly transparent PLEXIGLAS® sheets – and the effect can be boosted even further with back-lighting. Acrylic paints and varnishes, glass paints and translucent oil paints are especially suitable for painting PLEXIGLAS®. Solvent-based paints adhere well to the PLEXIGLAS® surface due to their solvent content. However, it is important to provide enough ventilation for the solvent. PLEXIGLAS® must not be treated with benzene, alcohol or acetone.
Depending on the desired effect, you can paint directly on the PLEXIGLAS® substrate or use sand paper or steel wool to roughen the surface. This is recommended if you plan to paint the area in a single color, for example.
Printing, engraving and embossing PLEXIGLAS®
Various printing processes and laser marking are further options for applying writing, logos or even photographs to PLEXIGLAS®. You can find detailed information on the various techniques, such as digital printing, transfer printing, pad printing, laser marking, embossing and photochemical etching in our brochure Surface Treatment of PLEXIGLAS®.