What Is Acrylic?

1. What is acrylic

Acrylic in the modern era is used for a variety of applications, such as from most popular acrylic nails to acrylic signs, from sales displays to roof windows. So, what is acrylic? Acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic, which is also known as plexiglass. Plexiglass is a common term used for cell cast acrylic (as is Lucite and Arcylite). Acrylic is widely used because it makes an excellent alternative to glass. Being weatherproof, lighter, stronger and safer whilst providing prized glass-like assets such as clarity, brilliance and translucency. Acrylic can also soften to form any shape which makes it an all-round popular, cost effective material.

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2. How many types of acrylic sheets are there?

There are variety acrylic sheet as the following picture show, Clear Acrylic Sheet, White Acrylic Sheet, Colored Acrylic Sheet, Mirrored Acrylic Sheeti, Light Diffusing Acrylic, Solar Tinted Acrylic, Non-Glare Acrylic Sheeting…

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Clear - The top contender when it comes to acrylic sheets is made out of crystal clear plastic that closely resembles glass but is much more durable. You can see directly through the acrylic, which makes it one of the more popular choices. Design elements like florals and text look stunning when printed on this type of acrylic!

Frosted - Frosted acrylic adds depth and elegance to any acrylic suite. The frosted texture from this acrylic resembles vellum paper because of its opaque appearance. It gives off a more muted contrast between the text and the background. This type of acrylic also has a smoother feel.

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Mirror - With its glass like appearance, it’s the most luxurious and elegant of acrylic sheets. Although it may look like a fragile mirror, it is made out of a much more durable plastic. You can see the reflection of the design printed on top, which adds to it’s luxurious look!

3. What acrylic can be used for?

As we all know, acrylic is widely used in our daily life. We would like to introduce some popular areas, such as fashion and beauty, decoration, wedding and daily commercial use.

For fashion and beauty

Acrylic nails are the top popular for fashion and beauty, acrylic earrings are chic and unique as well and acrylic storage box for lipstick or skin caring and so on.

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For art

Acrylic paint is water-based fast-drying paint widely used by artists since the 1960s. More and more common people can DIY acrylic painting by modern website and tech.

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For wedding

Acrylic signs are the most popular used for wedding, and recent two to three years, acrylic invitations are on the top list of acrylic products in wedding. From wedding signs to ceremony arch, from acrylic invitations to table number cards, more and more couples choose chic acrylic products decorating their unique wedding.

For normal commercial use

Acrylic business cards, or sales display, or acrylic board for office.

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4. The disadvantage of acrylic sheet and how to protect acrylic sheet?

The first disadvantage of using acrylics is that it scratches more easily than glass, so keep the acrylic sheet in soft fabric or hard box can avoid scratches. The other not so good thing about acrylics is that they are easily stained by grease and oil, so don’t clean it by alcohol or oil when there is dust on acrylic sheet, just get one soft cloth to wipe.