Plexiglass Sheets in Bronze and Gray
The ePlastics OnLine Store offers up a wide array of see-through Gray, Bronze, Smoked and Grey Transparent Plexiglass acrylic plastic sheets. Standard tinted colors (also available in our Samples section) include the Bronze and Gray solar control shades.
Thickness tolerances are plus/minus 10% on acrylic sheet. Thickness can vary throughout the sheet. Normally we see plus/minus 5% or less differences. Use this list as a guide converting fractions to what is actually produced industry-wide.
Most popular colored Plexiglass in solar control tints are 2412, a medium bronze color, and 2064, a medium gray color. 2370 Bronze is a deep brown tint - very similar in comparison to dark sunglasses - and the equivalent in grey is 2074. From the chart, it might look like 10-12% light transmittance is very low. However, when you see the sample pictures below, you get a much better appreciation for the actual "look" and "feel" of these colors. Note that the color, solar energy, and transmission values do NOT change with thickness.
In colorless form, Plexiglas sheet is as transparent as the finest optical glass. Its total light transmittance is 92 percent, and haze measurement for colorless Plexiglas sheet averages only 1 percent. Note: Plexiglas® acrylic plastic sheet is absolutely clear. Just 4% of the light is reflected off the front surface, and another 4% off the inner second surface! Our tables above display the light transmittance associated with the 5 most popular colors in grey and bronze plexi. "Smoke" is also used to describe a gray/bronze tint in a general sense.
PLEXIGLAS® SOLAR TINT SERIES
Solar Energy and Visible Light Transmittance
Color_______Solar Energy___Visible Light
|1/8" = .118" = 3mm
||1/2" = .472" = 12mm
|3/16" = .177" = 4.5mm
||3/4" = .708" = 18mm
|1/4" = .236" = 6mm
||1" = .944" = 24mm
|3/8" = .354" = 9mm
Plexiglas® acrylic plastic sheet is a trademark belonging to Arkema.
The product’s major advantages are optically clear transparency, good impact resistance, light weight, weather resistance, formability to complex shapes, and machinability. Along with colorless transparent sheet, Plexiglas acrylic is produced in a wide variety of transparent, translucent and opaque colors, as well as in a range of surface patterns.
Plexiglas acrylic sheet has proved its ability to withstand weather and sun exposure with negligible loss of light transmittance and clarity. No other type of plastic offers this assurance of satisfactory outdoor performance.
While most household cleaners can safely be used with Plexiglas sheet, the material is affected by alcohol, paint thinners, turpentine and similar solvents. Chemical resistance can be influenced by several factors, including stresses generated by fabricating opera- tions and end-use stresses caused by changes in temperature, etc.
Plexiglas acrylic plastic sheet offers equal or better sound loss characteristics than glass. It also has much better breakage resistance, so it can be used as a transparent sound barrier to reduce noise levels and increase safety at the same time.
Thermal Expansion and Contraction
Due to thermal expansion and contraction, Plexiglas sheet is subject to greater dimensional change than other materials with which it is used in construction.
The allowable continuous service temperature ranges for Plexiglas G sheet (180°F to 200°F) Underwriters Laboratories Both Plexiglas G and MC sheet, colorless and all colors, are listed as recognized components by Underwriters Laboratories with a UL flame class of 94HB. These products are subjected to one or more of the following tests: ultraviolet light, water exposure or immersion in accordance with UL 746C, where the acceptability for outdoor use is to be determined by Underwriters Laboratories.