PALOPAQUE FLAT SOLID PVC SHEET

Opaque Solid Industrial PVC Flat Sheet

PALOPAQUE is a flat, UV-stabilized, opaque industrial PVC sheet. It offers remarkable mechanical properties and excellent chemical resistance. PALOPAQUE is ideal for industrial plastic fabrication processes. These include milling, thermoforming, punching, digital & screen printing, routing, and more. Available in a variety of colors and surface texture options.

Benefits

PALOPAQUE combines exceptional durability with ease of fabrication

All budgets & applications

Easy to fabricate

Thermoforming

Chemical & water resistance

Impact resistant and durable

Lightweight

Applications

DIY & home improvement projects are easy with SUNTUF DIY.
  • Indoor & outdoor signage

  • Industrial plastic fabrication

  • POS/POP displays

  • Shopfitting and exhibitions

  • Interior design and decoration

  • Sterile surfaces cladding

  • Air vents

Colour Swatch

Choose from a variety of clear or coloured polycarbonate sheets.
  • White

  • Light Grey

  • Dark Grey

  • Black

  • Custom colour matching

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FAQ

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How to Store PVC Sheets
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PVC sheets are durable and chemically resistant and guaranteed to last for many years if handled properly.
Here are some tips for storing PVC sheets to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
Store your PVC sheets horizontally on a flat surface, such as a pallet or a shelf. 
Ensure that no nails or bolts protrude from the platform. Even small rocks can leave permanent dents and scratches on the sheets.
Stack the largest sheets at the bottom, and the shorter, smaller panels on top.
Avoid stepping on PVC panels and placing heavy or sharp equipment on them.
Ensure that the PVC sheets are stored in a dry, ventilated, cool, shaded area away from direct sunlight.
Do not stack transparent or translucent sheets over opaque PVC sheets.
Avoid covering the sheets with dark films or other heat-absorbing materials.
Cover the panels with an opaque, bright, waterproof cover if you intend to leave them outdoors. 
Keep your stack dry to prevent whitening and water spots.
How to heat-bend PVC sheets?
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PVC sheets such as PALIGHT, PALABOARD, PALCLEAR and PALOPAQUE, can be bent with Calrods, radiant heaters, strip heaters or air-circulated ovens. Heat guns can also be used in small areas.
To ensure successful results, a thermostat should be employed to regulate the sheet temperature so that the surface temperature does not exceed allowed limits.
When using a metal contact strip heater, cover the heater strip with Teflon spray to prevent marking the sheets.
Different sizes of rectangular heating bars can be applied to produce bends of different radius. The larger the heated area of the sheet, the broader the radius can be created.
When heat-bending PVC sheets at a gauge thicker than 4 mm, the sheet should be warmed from both sides.
PVC sheets require heating approximately 30 to 40 seconds per millimeter prior to being bent.
To form tighter bends with smaller radii, use a small heated area on the upper surface (inside the bend) of the sheet and a larger heated area on the bottom surface (on the outside of the bend) of the sheet.
A minimum radius of twice the sheet thickness is necessary to avoid breakage.
When bending PVC sheets into an angle, the extension of the sheet on either side of the angle should be at least 20 times the panel thickness.
Once heat-bent, place the panel to cool down in a fixture, such as a jig or clamp. Fans and/or compressed air will speed up cooling. For detailed guidance, look up the Product Fabrication Guide in the Downloads section.
How to paint PVC sheets?
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There are a variety of paints that can be used on PVC sheets.
Some examples of suitable paints include vinyl, acrylic lacquers, and two-part polyurethanes.
Before painting, the sheet’s surface must be dry, clean, and grease-free.
When applying dark color paint to PVC sheets intended for outdoor use, it is imperative that the paint has a light reflectance value of 55 or higher in order to avoid excessive heat absorption, which will result in deformation.
For further information, download the Product Fabrication Guide in the PALIGHT Downloads section.
How to screen print on PVC sheets?
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Screen printing on PVC sheets is simple.
It is recommended to consult the ink manufacturer regarding required ink additives for proper adhesion. In addition, it is recommended to test screen printing inks before production begins.
Before screen printing, the sheet’s surface should be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and a clean white cloth.
To remove small scratches or dents, fan a heat gun over the affected area. However, do not overheat, to avoid surface deformation.
After printing is completed, screen printing ink should air dry, rather than heat dry.
For further information, download the Product Fabrication Guide in the PALIGHT Downloads section.
Is PVC suitable for UV printing / UV curing?
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PVC is a good substrate for UV inks.
Wide format and flatbed printers employ various ink and ink curing technologies to allow high quality printing at high speeds.
PALIGHT is suitable for use with UV curing and solvent-based digital inks, and for IR drying when water-based inks are required. It retains superb whiteness, even after intense UV curing.
UV Screen Printing Inks also work well on PVC. The most critical factor to consider when using UV systems is the curing oven. Low-wattage bulbs should be used to keep temperatures below 65°C. UV curing systems with variable speed conveyors are ideal.
Are PVC sheets water-resistant and chemical-resistant?
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Yes, PVC sheets are highly resistant to moisture and chemicals. They can withstand rain and repeated cleaning without warping or cracking.

Are PVC sheets recyclable?
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All of Palram’s PVC sheets are REACH and RoHS compliant, and are 100% recyclable.
Depending on local regulations and facilities, recycling options may vary. It is possible to recycle PVC sheets mechanically or chemically.
Because of its recyclable properties, it can be reformed into new products.
While minimising environmental impact, this increases the product’s life cycle and reduces waste.
How to store flat plastic sheets?
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Flat plastic sheets, either solid or foamed, should be transported and stored horizontally, on a flat, sturdy pallet whose dimensions are equal or larger than the largest of the sheets.
The sheets should be secured to the pallet during transportation and on-site handling.
It is recommended to stack the sheets with the longer sheets at the bottom and the shorter on top, leaving no unsupported overhang. 
Palram’s products leave the factory in packages, wrapped in white, watertight film. The wrapping should be removed as close to use as possible.
Avoid leaving sheets stored unwrapped. Dirt may accumulate on the sheets and/or their edges, attracted by electrostatic charges in the sheets
Sheets should be stored in a covered, dry, ventilated place away from direct sunlight. 
If storing sheets temporarily in an open area, cover the entire pallet with a white opaque film, sheet, cardboard or any other protective material.
How to mechanically fasten plastic sheets?
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Flat, solid plastic sheets such as PALSUN, PALCLEAR or PLOPAQUE can be fastened with nuts and bolts, provided several points are remembered:
Use EPDM and aluminum washers to distribute the load.
Do not use rivets, as they apply excessive force and cause sheet cracks. 
Drill a slightly oversized hole by 2-3 mm, and tighten moderately.
When using mechanical fasteners, they should be evenly spaced to avoid stress accumulation at particular points. 
Wherever possible, a floating frame, or H profile installation is preferable, similar to glass, and without mechanical drilled fasteners.
How to cut solid flat plastic sheets?
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A variety of power saws, either table mounted or portable can be used to saw polycarbonate and PVC solid sheets.
A moving table, fixed blade bench saw is preferable for long, straight sawing.
Radial arm saws are generally used for “cross-cut” (width) or diagonal sawing.
Handsaws are slower and less accurate than table saws. These can be used for on-site trimming.
Laser or water-jet cutting is possible when cutting polycarbonate sheets, but not recommended for PVC sheets.
For detailed saw blade specifications, clearance angle, and detailed information, look up the product’s fabrication guide in the downloads section.
How to CNC route solid plastic sheets?
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CNC routing is a versatile process used for cutting and designing industrial plastics. Among its uses are signage, cabinetry, furniture, and architectural elements.
It’s important to understand the material being machined, to select routers with plastic-specific geometry, and to apply them appropriately.
For detailed specifications, look up the fabrication guide in the downloads section.
What kind of drill do you use for solid plastic sheets?
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Regular, high-speed steel twist drills, or carbide-tipped drills are suitable for drilling holes in PALSUN sheets of various thicknesses, as long as they are sharpened well. They are used for bores up to 12 mm in diameter.
Larger holes may be drilled with flat, chisel edged drill blades with a triangular cutting tip, similar to those used in woodworking, kept sharp.
Rake angle should be about 5° to avoid side friction. They are used for bores from 12 to 20mm. Commercially available cutting cups or circle cutters of several types can be used for large round apertures.
Reduce the drill speed for large diameter holes or large gauge plastic sheets.
For detailed specifications and drilling tips and recommendations, look up the fabrication guide in the downloads section.
How to cold bend flat plastic sheets?
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Industrial plastic sheets can be cold bent or curved, within their minimal permitted bending radius, without damaging their mechanical performance. The minimal permitted bending radius for a plastic sheet is a factor of its thickness.
A simple way to calculate the allowed cold bend radius is to multiply the sheet’s thickness by 200. For example, for a 5mm sheet the arch radius should not be less than 1000mm (5X200).