PLEXIGLAS® is resistant to many chemicals

How a material reacts when it comes into contact with chemicals plays an important role in processing, use and cleaning.

The following applies for the chemical resistance of PLEXIGLAS®:

  • PLEXIGLAS® has a good resistance to inorganic substances, low concentrations of acids and alkaline solutions, salts and salt solutions.
  • PLEXIGLAS® is not resistant to organic compounds, chlorinated hydrocarbons, ketones and esters.

The two types of PLEXIGLAS® have certain differences in their resistance to chemicals. PLEXIGLAS® GS is slightly more resistant than PLEXIGLAS® XT due to its higher molecular weight. However, this is often only a difference in degree.

What substances can be used to clean PLEXIGLAS®?

Thanks to its chemical resistance, PLEXIGLAS® can be cleaned easily and is resistant to commercial cleaning agents. However, agents containing benzene, ethanol and other alcohols, organic materials or thinners are unsuitable. These can damage the brand acrylic glass.

If one of these substances comes into contact with PLEXIGLAS®, it is recommended to wipe it off as quickly as possible – preferably using a soft and lint-free cloth dampened slightly with water.

You can find further information in the “Cleaning and maintaining PLEXIGLAS® correctly” guide.

Suitability of PLEXIGLAS® as a container and goods display

PLEXIGLAS® is a popular material for high-quality goods displays, such as for the presentation of perfume bottles. Here, the same applies: In case something leaks or drips on the PLEXIGLAS® surface, it is usually enough to just wipe it off quickly.

The brand acrylic glass is also used to store dry foods or as a goods container, as transparent PLEXIGLAS® sheets and tubes are compatible for use with food.

You can find more on this topic in the “PLEXIGLAS® is suitable for use with food” report.


Further topics

Sanding and polishing PLEXIGLAS®

Sanding and subsequent polishing lets rough, matt PLEXIGLAS® cut edges and surfaces appear glossy again, even scratches can be removed in this way. This guide describes the procedure as well as the tools suitable for the purpose.

Bonding PLEXIGLAS®

PLEXIGLAS® parts are easily joined to one another. This guide tells you how to bond PLEXIGLAS® and which adhesives are suitable.

Drilling PLEXIGLAS®

PLEXIGLAS® is drilled as easily as wood a few special properties must be factored in, however. Find out which drill bits are suitable for PLEXIGLAS®, how to drill and what to look out for during the process.

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