What chemicals are and are not resistant to ACRYLITE® acrylic sheet?

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What chemicals are and are not resistant to ACRYLITE® acrylic sheet?

Testing is based on ASTM D 1308-98, Standard Test Method for Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes. Chemicals were tested on stress-free flat panels at room temperature.

ACRYLITE® is Not Resistant (NR) if the chemical caused any objectionable alteration in the surface, such as discoloration, change in gloss, blistering, softening, swelling, loss of adhesion, or special phenomena.

ACRYLITE® is Resistant (R) if no objectionable alteration occurred.

ACRYLITE® has Limited-Resistance (LR) if there was a temporary effect that could be removed upon further cleaning of the specimen.

R - Resistant
LR - Limited Resistance
NR - Not Resistant
* Trademark of AKZO Nobel Company
** Trademark of Spraylat Corp., Mt. Vernon, NY
Acrylic paints and lacquers LR
Aromatic-free hydrocarbons R
Nitrocellulose NR
Oil paints, pure R
Thinners, general NR
Electroplating baths R
Photographic baths R
Bituminous emulsion NR
Cement R
Hot bitumen LR
Mortar R
Plaster of paris R
Red lead R
Acetic acid, glacial NR
Acetic acid, to 25% LR
Acetic acid, 5% (vinegar) R
Acetone NR
Alum R
Aluminium chloride R
Aluminium oxalate R
Aluminium sulphate R
Ammonia, aqueous solution R
Ammonium sulphate R
Amyl acetate NR
Aniline NR
Arsenic R
Arsenic acid R
Battery acid R
Benzaldehyde NR
Benzene NR
Bromine NR
Butanol LR
Butyl lactate NR
Butyric acid, to 5% R
Calcium chloride R
Calcium hypochlorite R
Carbon disulfide NR
Carbon tetrachloride NR
Chlorinated hydrocarbons NR
Chlorine, liquid NR
Chlorine, water LR
Chloroethyl acetate NR
Chlorophenol NR
Chromic acid LR
Citric acid, to 20% R
Copper sulphate R
Cresol NR
Cyclohexane R
Diacetone alcohol NR
Diamyl phthalate LR
Dibutyl phthalate NR
Diethylene glycol R
Dioxane NR
Ether NR
Ethyl acetate NR
Ethyl alcohol, to 15% R
Ethyl alcohol, 15-30% LR
Ethyl alcohol, absolute NR
Ethyl bromide NR
Ethyl butyrate NR
Ethylene bromide NR
Ferric chloride R
Ferrous chloride R
Ferrous sulphate R
Formic acid, to 2% R
Formic acid, to 40% LR
Glycerol R
Glycol R
Heptane R
Hexane R
Hydrochloric acid R
Hydrofluoric acid, to 20% R
Hydrogen peroxide, over 40% LR
Hydrogen peroxide, to 40% R
Isopropyl alcohol, to 50% LR
Lactic acid, to 80% LR
Magnesium chloride R
Magnesium sulphate R
Manganese sulphate R
Mercury R
Methanol, absolute NR
Methanol, to 15% LR
Methyl ethyl ketone NR
Methylated spirits NR
Milk of lime R
Monobromonaphthalene R
Motor fuel benzene-free R
Motor fuel, with benzene NR
Nickel sulphate R
Nitric acid, to 20% R
Nitric acid, 20 - 70% LR
Nitric acid, over 70% NR
Oxalic acid R
Paraffin LR
Perchloroethylene NR
Petroleum ether R
Phenols NR
Phosphoric acid, to 10% R
Phosphorus trichloride NR
Phosphorus NR
Picric acid, 1% in water R
Potassium dichromate R
Potassium carbonate R
Potassium chloride R
Potassium cyanide R
Potassium hydroxide R
Potassium nitrate R
Pottassium permanganate R
Silicon tetrachloride NR
Silver nitrate R
Soap solution R
Soda R
Sodium bisulphite R
Sodium carbonate R
Sodium chlorate R
Sodium chloride R
Sodium hydroxide R
Sodium hypochlorite R
Sodium sulphate R
Sodium sulphide R
Stearic acid R
Sulphur R
Sulphur dioxide, liquid NR
Sulphuric acid, to 30% R
Sulphurous acid, conc. LR
Sulphurous acid, to 5% R
Sulphuryl chloride R
Tartaric acid, to 50% R
Thionyl chloride NR
Toluene NR
Triethylamine R
Trichloroacetic acid NR
Tricresyl phosphate R
Turpentine LR
Turpentine substitute LR
Urea, to 20% R
Xylene NR
Zinc sulphate, aqueous LR
Zinc sulphate, solid R
Aqueous hypochlorite solution R
Bleaching powder, to 5% R
Carbolic acid NR
Hydrogen peroxide, to 40% R
Hydrogen peroxide, over 40% LR
Lugol solution R
Mercuric chloride R
Surgical spirit NR
Tincture of Iodine, 5% NR
Animal R
Mineral R
Silicone oil LR
Vegetable LR
Foams R
Foams, containing plasticizer NR
Polyamide R
Polyethylene R
PVC, plasticized NR
Rubber R
Rubber, containing plasticizer NR
Aniseed, bay, nutmeg R
Cloves NR
Cloves NR
Coffee beans, unflavored R
Coffee beans, flavored LR
Honey, pure R
Ice cream R
Marinades R
Meat and fish R
Pepper, cinnamon, onions R
Salt R
Ammonia R
Bromine vapor (dry) LR
Carbon dioxide R
Carbon monoxide R
Chloride vapor (dry) LR
Exhaust gases, containing HCl R
Exhaust gases, containing HF R
Exhaust gases, containing Sulphuric acid R
Hydrogen sulphide R
Methane R
Nitric oxide R
Oxygen R
Ozone R
Sulphur dioxide (dry) R
Natural Gas (Butane) R
Beer, wine R
Camomile extract R
Chocolate R
Coffee, tea R
Fruit juice, milk, coffee R
Spirits, to 30% R
Vinegar R
Water, mineral waters R
Nail polish NR
Nail polish remover NR
Peat water R
Sea water R
Soaps R
Sprays LR
Alcohol, absolute NR
Alcohol, to 30% R
Ammonia R
Carbon tetrachloride NR
Methylated spirits NR
Parafin LR
Perchlorethylene NR
Petrol, pure R
Petrol mixture, containing benzene NR
Petroleum ether R
Soap solution R
Solvent stain removers NR
Trichloroethylene NR
Turpentine LR
Turpentine substitute LR
Aqueous solutions of pesticides LR
Grip Mask* R
Sign Strip® ** strippable masking LR
Urine R

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The information and statements herein are believed to be reliable but are not to be construed as a warranty or representation for which we assume legal responsibility. Users should undertake sufficient verification and testing to determine the suitability for their own particular purpose of any information or products referred to herein. NO WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE IS MADE. Nothing herein is to be taken as permission, inducement, or recommendation to practice any patented invention without a license.

The information on this chart can be used for ACRYLITE® cast (GP) acrylic sheet and ACRYLITE® extruded (FF) acrylic sheet. However, extruded acrylic is dissolved faster by solvents than cast acrylic. All information is based on 23ºC (72ºF) test temperature and stress free material. The practical performance depends on usage temperatures and actual stresses. If you are not sure about you application, please call our Technical Service Department at (207) 490-4230.

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