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How To Drill Holes Into Your Acrylic

Once you have chosen your acrylic, arranged for it to be cut to the required size and had it safely delivered, it is time to fix your material into place. Depending on your project, you will have the choice of doing this with adhesives or by drilling holes and using fixings.  If you already know […]

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What Is Acrylic?

Acrylic is an extremely versatile material that has many uses in business and day to day life. First produced in 1928, it’s benefits often make it more desirable than glass or other products, standing the test of time and constantly becoming useful in different ways. Also known as PMMA, acrylic is made through a process […]

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Helping To Make Businesses Covid Secure

During these difficult times of the Covid 19 pandemic, businesses have been forced to adapt to new ways of working in order to keep themselves and their customers safe. This is no easy task, with the need to change layouts, add in signage and create barriers that can effectively prevent the virus from transmitting between […]

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How to Clean your Acrylic Panels

Once you have your acrylic panel in place it is important that you are able to retain the flawless look and finish, regardless of any wear and tear that it may receive. You should try to give your acrylic a little more attention than you would give to glass, as scratches can be more noticeable, […]

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Using Plastic to Build or Replace Windows

Windows are an important element of any structure, needing to be completed correctly for the sake of security and for keeping out the damp weather conditions.  Acrylic is a fantastic material for building new windows or for replacing old broken ones, with a flexibility and strength that glass is not always able to offer. We […]

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Top 5 Products for Home Improvements

With many of us having to stay home for the foreseeable future, there is ample time to be getting on with those home improvements and projects that we have previously been putting off.  At Cut Plastic Sheeting we are still working to cut and deliver our products during this time, keeping of course to the […]

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Using Plastic Sheeting in the Food and Drink Industry

The food and drink industry has strict rules that govern how products can be displayed, in order to keep them in the freshest and most hygienic condition possible until the point of purchase.  These food display units need to be carefully constructed to avoid any risk of cross contamination and to prevent any health and […]

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Using Plastic Sheeting to Create Signage

Signage is something that we usually take for granted. If we are looking for a building, a street or the location of something in a store, there is nearly always a sign to point us in the right direction. However, signage can be expensive to produce and can eat heavily into the budget of a […]

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Using Clear Acrylic For Wall Protection

As hard as we try, sometimes it is impossible to keep walls and surfaces clear and clean from debris and dirt. After a period of time, such exposure can cause irreversible damage, leading to costly repairs or the need to replace entire sections of plaster, wallpaper and any other unprotected surface.  Some of our customers […]

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Acrylic Mirror vs Glass Mirror

Using acrylic mirror in place of a glass mirror is becoming an increasingly popular trend for DIY and construction projects. We take a closer look at the acrylic material to see what makes it such a popular alternative and to see whether glass can still be useful. Acrylic Mirror Acrylic mirror is lightweight, making it […]

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White Standard Foamex vs Foamex Forex Print

Also known as foamalite, palight, foam PVC and foam board, white foamex is available in a few different versions. Here we take a closer look at Standard White Foamex and Foamex Forex Print in order to see which is best for your task at hand.     White Standard Foamex Foamex is a PVC board […]

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Aluminium Composite Panels vs Aluminium

When we think of aluminium the words strong and durable come to mind. This makes it suitable for a wide variety of projects, but which type of aluminium is the best? In this months blog we take a look at some of the pros and cons of two variations of the material, comparing them to […]

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Foamex vs Dibond

Foamex and Dibond are both popular materials, with many similarities in their characteristics and in their uses. This can make it hard to decide which is better for your particular project, so we take a closer look at each material, to see if there is a way of separating the two in order for them […]

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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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How to Remove Scratches from your Plastic

As hard as we try to avoid it, scratching plastic items is sometimes inevitable. Just as with glass and other DIY products, life takes over and we can become careless about how we treat things. That is until we notice a big scratch on the surface and we kick ourselves for becoming complacent. So is […]

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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 Acrylic Mirror Sheet For Horse Stable Mirrors

Unless familiar with caring for horses; if asked to list all of the things you’d expect to find in a horses’ stable, very few people would come back with a mirror. A saddle, a trough and plenty of horse-poo perhaps, but a mirror? – That being said, when you understand the psychological benefits for horses […]

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Using White Dibond for A Basketball Backboard

If you’ve never heard of dibond before, you won’t be alone. Yet you’ve probably seen it. Used it. Even touched it. Dibond is a special material made of aluminium composite; it consists of two sheets of the aluminium with a sheet of plastic in between. Coated with a special lacquer, this material can be printed […]

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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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How To Make Mirrored Wardrobe Doors

Do you want to give your wardrobe doors a revamp? It is an easy and simple home improvement that will turn your plain wardrobe in to mirrored wardrobe doors. Not only is it handy for you to check your outfit before leaving the house but having mirrors in a room really opens it out and […]

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Making an Infinity Mirror with Two Way Acrylic

Ever feel that you need to create the impression of extra space at home? Want to add a quirky feature to your furnishings? Then building your own LED infinity mirror is just the project for you. Whether displayed as an infinity mirror table or as an artistic twist to a bathroom mirror, infinity mirrors give […]

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Raspberry Pi Magic Mirror Project Gallery

At Cut Plastic Sheeting we love to see our materials being used in clever and creative ways. One of our favourite uses for two-way mirror is to create a magic mirror powered by the tiny and affordable Raspberry Pi computer. Most people only know about two-way mirrors from the interrogation rooms in crime dramas. They […]

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Dibond Painting Substrate: The Ideal Art Surface?

A poor painter should never blame their tools, however only with the right materials can an artist truly realise their vision. For artists looking for a new surface to work on, Dibond painting substrate is quickly becoming a popular choice, not only for its stiffness, but also due to its supreme smoothness and the superb results of its graphic […]

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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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The 5 Most Common Plastics & Their Everyday Uses

Despite being all but unheard of until the 1920’s, plastic materials have effectively permeated every aspect of modern day life, from the microchips in your computer to the bags you carry your shopping in. The reason why it seems like plastic can be used just about everywhere is that it is not actually just one […]

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21 Facts About Recycling Plastics

Plastics are amongst the most versatile and commonly used materials in the world, and whilst no one can deny the profound impact they have had on the last 100 years of human history, our reliance on the various forms of plastic has made developing an efficient method of plastic recycling essential. We have come a […]

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Video: What Is Foamex PVC Foam Board?

Part of our new Plastic Spotlight YouTube collection, these videos detail the properties of Foamex PVC Foam Board and how to work it correctly, in a way that is concise, detailed and easy to follow. Transcription: Hi there. My name’s Ian, I’m from a company called Cut Plastics, and I’m just going to run through […]

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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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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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Why Acrylic Is Perfect For Exhibition Display Boards

Anyone who has ever been to an exhibition will be able to attest to the extreme hustle and bustle that fills the hall right from start to finish. There are hundreds, sometimes thousands of people weaving in, out and around of each other, trying to see everything that the event has to offer during its […]

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How To Make An Acrylic Table Protector

Whether it is in the dining room, kitchen, lounge or bedroom, wooden furniture has the uncanny knack of being able to bring out the best in a space by complimenting the room’s other features. Sadly, wooden furniture is notoriously easy to scratch and stain, leading to them quickly accumulating damage and loosing their aesthetic charm. This is […]

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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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Plastic: Why & How It Is Recycled

You may not realise it but we are living in a plastic society. Nearly everything contains plastic, the clothes you are wearing, the screen you are reading this on, the car you use to drive around in; plastic is everywhere. But what happens to these things once they are no longer needed? The answer may […]

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Why Use Acrylic Mirror?

Our mirrored acrylic is among the most asked after products on our site, but just what can it be used for, and why should it be used instead of glass? Impact resistant, light weight and cost effective are a few of the key reasons you could be opting for Acrylic mirror instead of glass! We find glass […]

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DIY Project: Cut Plastic Freezer Shelves

A great idea for an easy DIY project recently came to our attention, so we thought we’d share it with you in a blog! A number of our cut plastic materials can be used effectively at very low temperatures – making them perfect for use in freezers. Keeping a commercial or a domestic freezer organised […]

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Child Proofing with Clear Plastic

For families with children of all ages, many cut plastic materials can be put to use in the home to make child-proofing simple, affordable and very effective. One of the great advantages of clear acrylic is that it is completely shatterproof. Unlike glass, it will not splinter if it is dropped and it is terrifically […]

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Using Acrylic with Other Materials

Acrylic is a versatile sheet plastic material which can be used in all kinds of domestic and commercial projects. But how well does it work with other materials such as glass, wood, metal and other plastics? In this guide we are going to tackle this big question and go through some tips of how to […]

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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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Roofing & Cladding with Aluminium Composite Panels

If your garage is in need of updating or repair, consider using bespoke aluminium composite panels for the job. A relatively modern material, aluminium composite is now utilised for a variety of applications in building and construction, as it lends itself exceptionally well to walling, framing, cladding and roofing installations. Sustainable and energy efficient, aluminium […]

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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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The perfect way to mount Acrylic Mirrors.

Acrylic mirrors will add a stunning display to any part of your home, office or even your garden. Resistant to impact and shatter proof, acrylic mirrors are approximately 100 times stronger than glass, but still offer superb reflection. Installing them in your home or office is easy, they can be custom sized to meet your […]

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How To Clean Your Acrylic Mirrors

  Acrylic Mirror is widely uses as a glass mirror replacement due to its impact resistance and shatterproof qualities as well as it’s great value for money. Easy to work with, acrylic mirror can be cut to size with almost any conventional tool, while its lightweight qualities let you mount it to any surface with […]

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Making an Acrylic Mirror Ball

I was recently surprised when my daughter asked if I could help her make a mirror ball for her bedroom.  To many of us, a mirror ball takes us back to the Disco’s of the 70’s and the fashion that went with it (not a good thought!), so I was quite surprised to learn that […]

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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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What is Dibond?

  Dibond is the brand name of brushed Aluminium composite sheeting. Other common names include Dilite, Dibond Digital and Raybond. Lightweight and rigid, this cut plastic material consists of a flexible polyethylene core covered with a thin aluminium sheet on each side, and is finished with a high quality lacquer that guarantees perfect printing. What […]

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Acrylic Sheet – What is Diamond Polishing?

We currently offer Diamond Polishing on all of our Acrylic Sheets, and for those who are not familiar with the process; we answer some of our most common questions: What is Diamond Polishing? To achieve Diamond Polishing your pre-cut Acrylic sheets pass through a specially designed machine. Sharp, fast-rotating diamonds run over the edges of […]

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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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What is Foamex?

Here we take a look at Foamex, what it is and what it is used for.   What is Foamex? Foamex is a superior quality, extremely versatile PVC foam sheet that is fabrication friendly.  It is easy to bend, cut, drill and glue and you can print on it. What is it used for? Foamex […]

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