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General hints for working with acrylic sheet


  • Keep masking on as long as possible through your fabrication operations.
  • Wear safety glasses when working with power tools.
  • Wear gloves when handling large sheets to prevent cuts.
  • Use drill bits, carbide-tipped circular saw blades, and router bits designed or reground for acrylics.
  • Make sure all your tools are sharp.
  • Use water as a coolant when cutting sheets over 1/4" (6.0 mm) thick or drilling sheets over 3/16" (4.5 mm) thick.
  • Use the right thickness for glazing panels and ensure sufficient rabbet depth to permit sheet deflection and thermal contraction without disengagement.
  • Allow 1/16" per linear foot (0.5 cm per linear meter) for expansion in glazing applications.
  • Use plenty of water when cleaning acrylic sheet to help prevent scratching.


  • Don't store acrylic sheet near radiators, steam pipes, or in direct sunlight.
  • Don't leave masking on if it will expose the sheet to the outdoors (sun and rain).
  • Don't install large sheets with bolts…frame them.
  • Don't mark with a punch marker.
  • Don't use saw blades that have side-set teeth. Saw teeth should be carbide tipped with 0°-15° rake and slight radial clearance.
  • Don't bring the material into direct contact with heaters.
  • Don't subject the sheet to high surface temperature during polishing.
  • Don't use glass cleaning sprays, scouring compounds, or solvents like acetone, gasoline, benzene, carbon tetrachloride, or lacquer thinner.
  • Don't heat acrylic sheet in a kitchen oven.
Title: General hints for working with acrylic sheet
Description: Do's and Don'ts for working with acrylic sheet
Published: 4/9/2009
Last Edited: 1/4/2023
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