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10 Easy Ways to Update your Home with Acrylic Sheeting

Spring is typically the most popular time of year for us to perform DIY and decorating duties around the home. Perhaps because we spend more time indoors during the winter months, hibernating from the cold and rain, we start to look at our decor a little more critically and start wondering what improvements we can […]

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The Benefits of Using Plastic Sheeting in DIY

Using plastic sheeting in DIY projects is becoming an increasingly popular idea. It is now common in both residential and commercial settings, for large and small jobs that might normally have been completed using glass. We take a look at the benefits of using plastic sheeting as a base material and ask whether it is […]

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Using Anti-Reflective Acrylic For Picture Framing

Picture framing, whether for a hobby or as a profession, has a lot of benefits. It’s relaxing, it’s creative, it makes people happy to have their treasured images framed beautifully, and it focuses the mind and keeps it active. It’s not something that everyone has the skill or the patience to do, but if you […]

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Laser Cutting In To Acrylic Perspex

Laser cutting in to a variety of materials is becoming increasingly popular, most often used within industrial manufacturing companies the laser cutter is starting to make its way over to small design businesses, artists and schools as well as being a sought after piece of equipment within universities for art and design students. Using a […]

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A Guide To Plastic – Perspex Cut To Size

Renowned worldwide as a superior alternative to glass, Perspex is a clear plastic material with a wide range of properties and potential applications. Though many people know the name ‘Perspex’, it is actually not the name of the material at all, but rather a manufacturing brand. What we know as Perspex is actually ‘Polymethyl methacrylate’, […]

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How To Build A Drinks Bar With Acrylic

Over ten times stronger than glass and available in a range of different colours and finishes, acrylic plastic is the ideal material for fabricating bar tops and bar shelves. Acrylic is an easy material to work with and can can be cut to size using common household tools, not to mention it can be installed […]

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DIY Guide – How To Fit An Acrylic Kitchen Splashback

Two of the most frequently asked questions we get at Cut Plastic Sheeting are “how easy is it to fit an acrylic kitchen splashback?” and “how do I install an acrylic splashback in my kitchen?”. The answer is simple: fitting one of our cut-to-size plastic kitchen splashbacks is an incredibly straight forward process, especially if you […]

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Using Acrylic To Build Aquariums & Fish Tanks 

The ideal material for Aquariums and fish tanks, acrylic is sturdy, durable, waterproof, and has the same crystal clear transparency as glass so that you can watch your fish as they go about their day. Even more importantly, sheets of acrylic can be bonded together through various methods, and once they have been, the area […]

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Winter Preparation: Polycarbonate Greenhouse Panels

If you have a greenhouse, or are thinking about getting one, it is safe to assume that you are more than just a dabbler when it comes to cultivating your own plants or vegetables. Sadly the British climate is not always ideal when it comes growing all-year round, which is why having a quality greenhouse […]

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Backlighting With Frosted Acrylic Panels

At Cut Plastic Sheeting we are fortunate in that a lot of our customers tell us, or sometimes brag, about the projects that they have been able to carry out and complete using our materials. Needless to say, we love all of our material, and therefore all of these projects, equally; and we know that […]

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How To Glue Polycarbonate

Despite being almost 30 times more sturdy than glass and extremely resilient to damage, you cannot simply adhere two pieces of Polycarbonate together using regular solvents, as this will cause the material to craze. Crazing occurs when the bonds that hold the material together at a microscopic level are damaged or broken, causing the material […]

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How To Install Acrylic Sheets: The Installation Process

Continuing on from our previous article ‘Preparing for installation‘ we shall now be detailing to you the best method of installing acrylic sheets onto a substrate surface. To quickly recap, ensure that both your acrylic and substrate are properly readied, and that all the machining has been fully carried out; if you have not done […]

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How To Smooth & Polish Acrylic Edges

Above: Un-polished acrylic edge as it is after being cut by a saw Above: Perfectly clear edge after polishing   Being an extremely versatile material acrylic can be used for any number of projects and in many different ways. It is safe to assume that different facets of acrylic’s resume will be focused upon, depending […]

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New Product: Perspex Spectrum LED Light Diffusing Acrylic

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting solutions have been growing in popularity for many years now and are continuing to show signs of increasing popularity. This is no doubt due to the aesthetic, cost and environmental benefits intrinsic to LEDs that so many other light sources sadly lack. The growing popularity of LED lighting presents an […]

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Expert Guide: How to Cut Acrylic Perspex

One of the key benefits of acrylic Perspex in many practical and aesthetic applications – beyond its strength, impact resistance and incredible clarity – is how easy it is to work with. Acrylic sheets may be cut with standard workshop equipment including hand saws and power saws, and Perspex dowel or blocks may be machined […]

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Splashbacks Acrylic vs. Glass

If your kitchen is looking as drab as the weather, why not consider giving it a new lease of life with a modern and colourful Splashback.  An inexpensive way to brighten up the home, Splashbacks are now favoured over the more traditional tile surfaces we chose in the 1990’s, and most interior designers recommend these […]

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Acrylic & Perspex Mountings, Fixings and Accessories

Once you have ordered your acrylic, Perspex, Dibond or Foamex materials, you are going to need a great selection of panel mounting, fixings and accessories to install it into place. While there are many DIY and Home Improvement stores where you can purchase these items, getting the right materials for the job can be a […]

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Bespoke Acrylic Splashbacks

Placed behind your sink, an acrylic Splashback will protect your walls from water damage, and keeping them clean is a breeze!  Unlike tiles, acrylic Splashbacks are installed in one complete piece, so there are no unsightly joins or gaps for bacteria to collect in.  A simple solution of soap and water will remove any food […]

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FAQ – Acrylic Splashbacks

If you are installing a new kitchen, an acrylic Splashbacks is vital if you want to stay ‘on trend’.   Modern, colourful and adding that ‘designer effect’, acrylic Splashbackshave changed the way we decorate our kitchens today, and are the easiest way to update a tired looking room and dated cabinets. What are Acrylic Splashbacks? Acrylic […]

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Repair your Greenhouse with Clear Acrylic

While the weather has been unseasonably warm, it does not take away the fact that we will soon be in winter. Not one to knock this glorious sunshine, I think it is the perfect opportunity to prepare our garden for the winter months, starting with the greenhouse. When you think about it, our greenhouses have […]

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Clear Acrylic Sheet – A Shelving Solution

If you are thinking about putting up a few shelves but are not sure what material to use, why not consider clear acrylic sheet for the job. A great, lightweight material, it blends in perfectly with any type of décor and gives you a clear view of the items displayed on the shelf, from all […]

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Acrylic Sheeting – make it Frosted!

Whether remodelling or updating your bathroom, home or office, you should consider frosted acrylic for all your glazing needs. Also known as Perspex or Plexiglas, acrylic sheeting is now widely used for all indoor glazing applications due to its lightweight properties and impact resistant qualities. Acrylic sheet takes on a “frosted” look when both sides […]

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How to mount Cut Plastic, Acrylic and Foamex

Cut plastic is one of the easy materials to work with, be it Acrylic, Foamex or Perspex; it can be cut, drilled, sawn or formed with heat to give you the best possible finish. As all of the above-mentioned materials are extremely lightweight (when compared to glass or wooden alternatives) they are relatively easy to […]

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Acrylic vs. Glass Glazing

Acrylic is almost shatterproof, it is extremely resistant to impact and has even been known to withstand an earthquake (not that we get many of those in the UK – but you never know!) A fragile material, we know that glass shatters easily and can be difficult to transport. Broken glass is an extremely hazardous […]

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Foamex vs. Acrylic

Many of our clients have asked what differences are between Foamex and Acrylic, and which material would be best for making a sign or display. While both of these materials are perfect for use in both applications, there are a few minor differences in their composition to consider before making your final decision. Foamex has […]

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Acrylic Sheet – Extruded or Cast?

When choosing Acrylic sheet for your next project you need to consider which type of Acrylic is the most suitable for that particular job – Cast Acrylic or the lower cost alternative Extruded Acrylic. So what are the differences between Extruded Acrylic and Cast Acrylic sheets? The differences are few and far between, but they can […]

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Mirrored Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate Mirrors

With so many different types of materials available to us today, how do we know which material we should use for which project? Prices can vary greatly so you need to make sure that you are choosing the right mirrored plastic for the job at hand. Here we list some comparisons between Mirrored Acrylic and Polycarbonate […]

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