How do you select the most suitable transparent plastic for your semi-finished products or finished products? Based on the price of the plastic sheet material? By analyzing and comparing the technical specifications, advantages and disadvantages of each material separately? But what if we tell you that you should change your approach? The practice and added value of a coating.
Polycarbonate, Acrylic-PMMA, PET, PPSU, SAN … Within the transparent plastics there are different options to serve as a base sheet material for your specific application. There is not something like the ultimate type of plastic. There is no type that is the default answer to every question: each material has advantages and disadvantages.
Coating: exit disadvantages
In daily practice, not only the benefits of your choice, but also the disadvantages become visible ….. damages, replacement and as a result a higher total cost of ownership for the end user.
For example: scratched windows in doors, plastic material that turned out to be not so impact-resistant for the application or a plastic material that warped due to high moisture absorption.
Every disadvantage has its advantage!
By coating your transparent plastic sheet material, you can turn many of the typical disadvantages into an advantage. Coating is a technique in which we apply a thin layer of liquid on the material. Coating improves the mechanical and optical properties, without affecting the other benefits.
Imagine, a certain type of transparent plastic seems ideal for producing a helmet visor … but it is prone to condensation. Normally that type of plastic dissapears from your short list. By applying an anti-fog coating, we can make your helmet visor fog proof.
Anti-fog, anti-scratch, UV resistant coatings … We can give each transparent plastic sheet a particular finish. A combination of anti-scratch, anti-fog, UV-resistant, one-or 2-sided is possible as well. Both on flat surfaces and complex shapes.
The ideal transparent plastic for your product?
It all starts with your specific need. Which type of application do you have in mind and its purpose? Based on your input, we can recommend you the most suitable plastic sheet material in combination with the right coating. This gives you the best starting point for your product.
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