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What clear plastic do I need?

We offer several types of clear plastic sheeting. Here is a brief overview of them and their common uses.


Acrylic is half the weight of glass and more impact resistant. Not as rigid as glass or metals. However, it is more rigid than many other plastics, such as acetates, polycarbonates, or vinyl. Clear and colorless with light transmittance of 92%. Acrylic sheet is a weather-resistant thermoplastic. The acrylic sheet is dimensionally stable and resistant to breakage and can be easily sawed, machined, heat-formed, and cemented. Acrylic is commonly used for window glazing, picture framing, optical displays, aquariums, signs, and more.


Polycarbonate material is a high-impact material with excellent properties that enable this material to be used where many others have failed. It is virtually unbreakable, making its products extremely safe in areas where parts may be exposed to high impact. Polycarbonate applications include greenhouses, patio roofs, window glazing, safety guards, chair mats, equipment enclosures, signs, and doors.


PETG is used widely in the point-of-purchase industry. Products offer superior impact strength over acrylic and cost-effectiveness compared to polycarbonate and offer deep draws, complex die-cuts, and precise molded-in details without sacrificing structural integrity. It die-cuts and punches easily and can be bonded or fastened with adhesives, ultrasonic welding, or rivets. In addition, PETG is easily decorated by painting, silk screening, or hot stamping. Easy to fabricate, form, bond, and decorate, PETG sheet products are well suited for a variety of point-of-purchase and other applications.

Clear PVC

Clear PVC offers corrosion resistance and is often used where chemical resistance is a concern.  Clear PVC offers both stiffness and impact resistance. Clear PVC sheets will have a slightly blue tint, but they still offer good light transmittance. Clear PVC is self-extinguishing. Common uses for this material are sight windows and ports, machine guards, inspection panels, and more.

Clear Rigid Vinyl

Clear Rigid vinyl is available in very thin thicknesses from .010” to .125”. It is polished on both sides and is available in 21” x 51” sheets only. It does not come with protective backing like other clear materials.

Title: What clear plastic do I need?
Description: Help on selecting a clear plastic material for your application.
Published: 8/7/2013
Last Edited: 1/16/2023
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