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Chris D
10-08-2005, 09:45 AM
Does anyone know how well PVC holds up when exposed to solvents (mineral spirits etc) cutting oils, etc.? I want to use some PVC for machine guarding, but don't know it if will be attacked by the cutting oils and coolants etc.

TIA

Chris

One of Many
10-10-2005, 04:14 PM
Does anyone know how well PVC holds up when exposed to solvents (mineral spirits etc) cutting oils, etc.? I want to use some PVC for machine guarding, but don't know it if will be attacked by the cutting oils and coolants etc.

TIA

Chris

PVC, ABS and Styrenes are thermal formed type of plastics. Thermal set and engineered plastics like poly's, nylon and acetal types are less prone to chemical break down.

Organic solvents like ketones, chlor's and fuels will desolve thermal form types, but not engineered types. Oils are not much of a problem as long as they do not contain solvents. Miniral spirits should are not so bad. It may soften the surface and make it gummy. Test a piece for yourself. I usually put a drop of whatever solvent that may come in contact with the plastic, then rub my finger around in it to feel if it desolves the base materials. I have found out the hard way, that some contact cleaners cannot be used on switches with plastic housings. :o

Machine guarding is typically polycarbonate AKA Lexan. It is clear like plexiglass but not as brittle. Chlors and anarobics will craze the stuff and can cause fractures, but will not normally break it down. The nice thing about polycarbonate is it can be cold formed in a press brake to bend it.

DC

anoel
10-10-2005, 05:06 PM
Acetone is really PVC's only real enemy... Oil's and Varsolve and stuff like that won't do much if anyhting to it.

mxtras
10-10-2005, 06:19 PM
Go here: http://www.coleparmer.com/techinfo/ChemComp.asp - probably the best on the net.

Scott

Chris D
10-11-2005, 08:39 AM
Wow, some great information once again. Thanks!

Chris