Buying Acrylic 101: What to Consider Before Purchasing
Lightweight, transparent and ultra-tough, acrylic is one of the most widely used plastics in the world. Engineered to replicate the brilliance and clarity of glass, the thermoplastic is made from PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate) and offers outstanding strength and weather resistance.
Acrylic is also the plastic of choice for numerous projects at BCJ Plastic Products. We also sell acrylic sheeting in Perth arguably more than any other product. Acrylic’s popularity isn’t just confined to Australia. Acrylic has also earned its place on the global stage. It’s used to manufacture everything from signs, skylights and lenses to heavy-duty submarine windows and fibre optic cables.
Want to know how to buy acrylic for your needs? Read on for our comprehensive guide to buying acrylic in Perth. We cover everything you need to know about this tough-as-nails plastic, including colour, density, style and the different brands available.
What Type of Acrylic Sheeting Do You Need?
Acrylic sheets in Perth come in a variety of different forms. Each acrylic sheet also has its own unique benefits. At BCJ Plastic Products, we’re always unpacking new acrylic sheeting, including the varieties listed below. Here are some of the most common varieties of acrylic in Perth:
- Clear Acrylic – the most common type of acrylic sheeting, ideal for replacing glass.
- White Acrylic – ideal for UV and weather-sensitive applications, including outdoor signage.
- Coloured Acrylic – eye-catching colours, great for making an impact.
- Mirrored Acrylic – the strength of acrylic with a highly reflective finish almost on par with glass.
- Light Diffusing Acrylic – prevent hot spots and maximise visibility with light diffusing acrylic sheets.
- Solar Tinted Acrylic – designed to reflect harsh UV rays and cut energy costs.
- Non Glare Acrylic – acrylic sheeting designed to reduce glare without impacting clarity.
- Anti-Static Acrylic – a specialised material with anti-static properties.
- Abrasion Resistant Acrylic – protect against scratches, scuffs and other imperfections.
- Impact Modified Acrylic – acrylic sheeting with superior impact resistance.
- Textured Acrylic – used to manufacture patio tables, cabinet doors and other textured surfaces.
Which Brand of Acrylic Do You Want?
While acrylic is the umbrella term, the material is sold under a myriad of brands. Some are so popular that their names are often used instead of acrylic. Here’s a look at each different brand.
Highly versatile, Perspex® is one of the most reliable and durable acrylic brands on the market. The brand manufactures a huge range of products, including crystal-clear acrylic sheets. A world-class research and development program means Perspex® is continually spearheading exciting new products. This includes the Fluorescent, Spectrum, Frost, Pearlescent and Naturals ranges.
Perspex® has also played a critical role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, production increased by 300 percent to manufacture protective screens, face shields and hospital PPE. To find out more about how to buy Perspex® in Perth, check out our Perspex® information page.
From clear sheets to moulded tubes, Plexiglas® has established itself as one of the top acrylic manufacturers in the world. From patio roofs and outdoor furniture to shopfitting and signage, Plexiglas® is used for a huge range of applications.
Another top contender, Altuglas® has carved out a niche in the automotive and transport industries. The acrylic glass is used to manufacture interior and exterior lighting, windshields and other components. Lightweight and salt-resistant, Altuglas® is also a reliable acrylic for marine applications.
How Do You Want to Use Acrylic?
At BCJ we’re always up for a challenge, especially if it involves acrylic. Here’s a look at some of our most recent uses of acrylic in Perth.
From supermarkets to chemists, chances are you’ve seen our sneeze guards installed across Perth. Once COVID-19 reached Australia, businesses contacted us about designing protective shields to place between employees and customers.
In response to this need, we provided our industry-leading acrylic sheeting services. With superlative strength, clarity and impact resistance, acrylic was the obvious material for protecting employees and customers from COVID-19.
We love a little sun, sand and saltwater at BCJ and are always keen to take on marine projects. Boat windscreens are a specialty of ours. The team uses acrylic sheet and the latest manufacturing equipment to engineer custom screens for speedboats, luxury yachts and everything in between.
Small but mighty, our acrylic poster holders are one of our most popular products. Lately, you’ve probably seen them protecting COVID-19 safety info.
This transparent lectern made from 20mm clear acrylic offers exceptional optical clarity and scratch resistance. It’s also resistant to chemicals and easy to clean, making it ideal for maintaining hygiene standards in the current COVID-19 climate.
Do You Need Custom Acrylic Fabrication?
At BCJ we offer a full range of custom acrylic fabrication services, powered by the latest CNC laser cutting machines and fronted by our highly skilled team of designers and fabricators. Big or small, we can always help you bring your project to life with expert acrylic fabrication.