(poly vinyl chloride)
range of colors. Stiff, hard. Tough
at room temperature. Can be used outdoors
if suitably stabilized. Light weight.
Very good acid and alkali resistance.
Particularly good for fabricating.
guttering and fittings. Bottles and
containers. Curtain rails. Roofing sheets.
Shoe soles. Brush bristles.
Pastes. Liquids. Sheets. Wide range
(high impact polystyrene)
tough. comes in a wide range of colors.
for vacuum forming. Join using a liquid
forms for containers, model boats and
strong and tough. Scratches easily.
Comes in a wide range of colors.
and mechanical parts, links, cams and
to cut and trim using liquid solvent
tough, rigid, creep resistant.Good bearing
surface. Self-lubricating. Resistant
to oil,fuels and chemicals. High melting
point. Very resilient. Wear and friction
wheels, bearings, automotive, agricultural,
general communications and telecommunications
equipment parts. Power tool casings.
Curtain rail fittings, packaging, film,
chips, rods, tubes, sheet, extruded
sections. Usually white or cream. Other
colors including black obtainable.
(Unsaturated polyester resin)
electrical insulator, good heat resistance.
Stiff, hard, brittle alone but strong
and resilient when laminated. Resistant
to ultraviolet light for outside use.
Strongly exothermic, this can lead to
cracking. Contracts on curing.
boats, car bodies. Chair shells. Ducting,
garden furniture, e.t.c.Translucent
panels for building. Encapsulating and
(Low density polyethylene)
range of colours. Tough. Good chemical
resistance. Good electrical insulator.
Flexible, soft. Fades unless light stabilised.
Attracts dust unless anti-static.
bottles and toys. Plastic sacks and
sheets. Packaging film. Telecommunications
cable insulation. TV aerial lead insulation.
Granules. Films. Sheets. Wide range
( High density polyethylene)
range of colors. Fairly stiff and hard.
Stiffness and softening point both increase
with density. Can be sterilized. Good
chemical resistance. high impact and
shock resistant. Fades unless light
crates. Bottles, barrels, tanks, pipes,
chemical pumps, machine parts (e.g.
gear wheels). Houseware( e.g. buckets,
granules, films. Sheets. Wide range
range of colors. Soft, flexible. Good
suitcases, tabletops coverings. Sealing
compounds, underseal. Dip coatings.
Hosepipes. Electrical wiring insulation.
Wall coverings( vinyl wallpapers). Floor
pastes. Liquids. Sheets. Wide range
buoyant. light weight. Absorbs shocks.
Very good sound and heat resistor. Crumbles
easily. Burns readily unless flame proofed.
insulation. Heat resistant packaging.
slabs, beads. Usually white.
( Polymethyl methacrylate)
hard glass clear. Very durable outdoors.
Easily machined, cemented and polished.Good
electrical insulator. Safe with food.
Ten times more impact resistance than
glass.. Splinters easily. Scratches
units and illuminated signs. Watch and
clock glasses. Record player lids. Simple
lenses. Aircraft canopies and windows.
Car rearlight units. Skylights. Furniture.
Baths. Perspex sheet. Cladding for buildings.
tubes which are usually clear. Translucent
and opaque. comes in a wide range of