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Clear Plastic Sheet

Analyzing the many acrylic made products of this world, including the acrylic sheet.

If you’re in search of a clear plastic sheet, there’s a good chance that you’re looking for a clear acrylic sheet.  The two terms are often interchangeable, with the bottom line being that you’re looking for something sturdy enough to resist breakage and soft enough to provide ample protection to whatever it is that you have in mind.

If you are in fact looking for a clear plastic sheet, you may be looking for something to cover papers for school or a work project.  As a means of guarding pages from wrinkles, dirt, and other forms of damage, a clear plastic sheet will obviously do a nice job.  As an alternative to laminating the sheet, the utility of a clear plastic sheet is the fact that it can be reused for future occasions, unlike that of a laminator.

Then there are those looking for a clear acrylic sheet.  As the acrylic material will display similar qualities to that of plastic, many will call an acrylic sheet a clear plastic sheet.  Regardless, an acrylic surface will be more rigid and less bendable than that of plastic, and is more appropriate for situations where the item in mind needs a heavier degree of protection.

Clear acrylic sheets, in addition to being referred to as a clear plastic sheet, are often referred to as acrylic Plexiglass sheets as well.  Plexiglass is a clear, lightweight sheet material that’s just as transparent as optical glass.  With very strong resistance to pressure, chemicals, and weather, Plexiglass is one of the most effective forms of clear plastic sheet.

Depending on the thickness of such a sheet (thickness is generally measured in millimeters) and the dimensions of the sheet, there’s a wide range in prices that one should be prepared to pay.

As crazy as it may seem, a clear plastic sheet like this may end up costing $20 for the thinnest and smallest units, all the way up to over $1,000 for the thickest and largest units.  As far as large goes, there’s a good chance you won’t need anything of this sort, but this will generally apply to a sheet that’s over 30 square feet, all things considered.

Other terms that may be confused with the clear plastic sheet are cast acrylic sheets and frosted acrylic sheets, both of which can be considered plastic but have defining materials and characteristics that make them different from your traditional clear plastic sheet.  Cast is generally sturdier and more hand crafted than other materials, and frosted acrylic sheets have a nice glow to their exterior, though the frosted nature of them will prevent them from being transparent.  Depending upon your objectives, this may or may not matter to you.

When all is said and done, there are a number of different uses for the clear plastic sheet and your buying decision should take a few factors into consideration.  First of all, the make.  Do you want to go with straight up plastic sheets?  Maybe something a little firmer like Plexiglass polycarbonate sheets?  Then, there’s the thickness.  Remember that the thicker ones sell for more money per sheet.  Finally, the size.  Make sure that you’re getting something that amply covers whatever it is that you have in mind.