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SAFETY CONCERNS :

Acrylic sheet is a combustible thermoplastic, it will ignite and burn if placed in open flame or in contact with any other source of ignition. When storing or working with acrylic sheet, please be aware of the thermoplastic properties and consider fire precautions.

STORAGE :

Acrylic sheet is best stored horizontally, on the supplied flat bulk skids, in a well ventilated, consistent temperature area. Avoid storing acrylic sheet where extreme temperature variations occur, and areas above 100°F. Extreme temperature fluctuations can reform flat sheet as it can expand or contract.

A-frames or special racks can be used to store sheet vertically. Construct the racks allowing the acrylic to lean approximately 10°.

HANDLING :

Acrylic sheet is covered with a polyethylene film or paper masking for protection during storage and fabrication. Avoid sliding sheets across work surface debris. Chips and dirt can penetrate the masking, scratching the sheet.

Vertical Storage: If the mirror sheets are to be stored on end, care must be taken to avoid warping. Sheets must stand with an angle of no more than 10 degrees from the vertical. A-frame racks made of plywood can be made to give full support to the materials.

Horizontal Storage: If the acrylic mirror is to be stored flat, care must bet taken to avoid warping, slipping and scratching. If different sizes are to be stored together, make sure the largest pieces are at the bottom, the smallest on top. This will prevent overhang which can lead to warping and reduce the risk of scratching if a slip occurs, or while unpacking. Pallets are packaged with a heavy poly overwrap which protects the sheet from dirt and moisture. The overwrap should be intact during storage.

MASKING REMOVAL:

When removing the film and/or paper masking from the acrylic, it is best to start at a corner and peel away from the sheet. If removal is difficult, combine 50% rubbing alcohol with water in a squirt bottle; begin spraying at the edges as you pull away from the sheet.

NEUTRALIZING STATIC ELECTRICITY :

Acrylic sheet can be neutralized with an anti-static cleaner such as Plastic Cleaner, or ionizing air guns, and bars.

MAINTENANCE :

Masking: Each mirrored product is well protected by a durable paint backing and a removable masking on the front. This masking should remain in place to protect the sheets during all phases of fabrication and installation All  plastic sheets should be handled mirror side down, with the masking left on. Care should be taken not to slide sheets against each other.

Removing Masking: If there is difficulty in removing the masking, use aliphatic naptha, kerosene, or distilled alcohol to moisten the adhesive. Do not use other chemicals or sharp objects to remove the masking.

CLEANING :

Washing: Use a mild soap and a damp soft cloth to wipe the surface of the sheet with light pressure, avoiding the edges of the sheet. To remove the grease, oil, or tar deposits on the material, use hexane or kerosene to remove them. Do not use any chemicals on a painted print design. Do not use window cleaning sprays, kitchen scouring compounds, or other chemicals to clean mirrorized sheets.

POLISHING :

A surface gloss can be maintained by occasionally using a flannel cloth and good plastic cleanser or polish, such as Johnson’s Pledge. Follow the instructions for polishing on the container.

REMOVING SCRATCHES:

Fine scratches can be removed by hand polishing with a plastic scratch remover or compound cleaner. Remove all residue and polish with a flannel cloth. Deep scratches need to be lightly sanded, using a 400 grit ‘wet or dry’ sandpaper.

FLUORESCENT ACRYLIC SHEETING :

Although fluorescent acrylic sheeting is brightly colored, these sheets are transparent in nature that allow the edges to glow with color.