Tips for Cleaning Acrylic:
Please use only a very soft damp cloth when cleaning acrylic surfaces. Acrylic can be scratched easily if not taken care of the correct way.
Do not use:
- any scouring compounds or chemical cleaners such as Windex or other glass cleaners (even if they are environmentally friendly, organic or non-scented).
- any type of solvent to remove gummy substance.
- the same cloth that you clean other household items with – it can retain dirt, grit, and chemical residues that may harm your acrylic items.
However, if you need to remove light scratches, Novus has scratch removal products that you can use.
Please note: Novus products will be available on www.acrylicblank.com in the near future.
Tips for removing paper or film masking:
Our laser cut acrylic sheets and circles come standard with either paper or film masking to help protect the material from scratches during cutting, shipping, and handling.
Between paper and film, paper masking is by far the best at making sure the material is protected until you’re ready to use it.
On the other hand, paper masking can be a bit of a challenge to peel off. The paper masking might tear instead of coming off smoothly.
The two most common culprits are cold climates and older sheets.
What you’ll need in cold climate:
- A rod, tube, or dowel
First, try using a hairdryer method. Adhesive on the paper becomes brittle when it’s cold.
A standard hair dryer will help warm up the paper quickly, so you can peel the sheet with much less effort.
However, please don’t overdo it. Overheating acrylic can warp or do damage to the surface. The goal is to bring acrylic back to relatively warm.
Swiping motion over acrylic surface for about 10-15 seconds should be plenty.
Another common method is using a rod, dowel, or even a cardboard tube.
- Peel and lift a small section of paper at the edge of the sheet or circles
- Wrap it around the wooden dowel and slowly roll off the paper masking.
If paper rolls off in a consistent and uniform way, it helps preventing it from tearing into smaller pieces.
What you will need when masking on acrylic is old:
Masked acrylic should be removed soon after purchase, but sometimes we find ourselves with older material, and the paper masking seems to be stuck on for good.
If the adhesive is hardened and using a hairdryer or the rod method didn’t work, it might be necessary to moisten it.
- Soak acrylic in warm water and soap to moisten it
- Please do not use any solvent, acetone, gasoline, or alcohol based cleaners. Laser cut acrylic edge will be crazed and damaged.
- Do not use knife or razor blade to peel paper masking. Use finger nail to avoid scratches.
Paper masking is designed to keep the material clean and scratch-free. Cold sheets and old material can cause frustration but following the steps above should greatly decrease your time peeling. Please contact us at www.acrylicblank.com if you have any further questions.
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