All About Acrylics
Plexiglas, Lucite, Perspex…
By any name, we bring acrylic to life.
The clear beauty of acrylic catches the eye, and its adaptability for so many indoor and outdoor uses makes it a winner with designers.
Acrylic, commonly known as acrylic glass, is sold under more than a dozen trade names, the most common being Plexiglas, Policril, Perspex, Acrylite, Optix and Lucite. It was first brought to market in 1933 and soon used in aircraft canopies during WWII.
What makes acrylic so functional is that it remains clear even when stretched and shaped by technicians applying heat.
Even more remarkable is the ability to join pieces together with solvents. In the hands of an expert Plexi-Craft technician, two pieces are fused together by finely dissolving their surfaces and allowing them to reform as a single bonded unit. For pieces of thicker material (greater than 1”) we use a transparent adhesive that results in invisible seams. That could never be accomplished using glue or screws, and is what makes custom Lucite tables or accent pieces so breathtaking!
Acrylic is not to be confused with “bullet-proof” polycarbonate which is much more easily scratched but has a higher impact-resistance. Plus, acrylic has excellent environmental stability compared to other plastics. It will not yellow from exposure to sunlight and is therefore often the material of choice for outdoor applications. From submarines to spacecraft, and auto headlights to cornea implants, acrylic makes it all possible.
Acrylic is also toxicologically safe. It is chemically stable and will not decompose at ambient temperatures, thus will not cause hazardous effects to health. In fact, acrylic is used for large aquariums as it will not affect marine life, even when in contact with salt water.
Given the proper care, your acrylic furnishings will last a lifetime. Learn more about the care of custom Lucite tables and other acrylic products: