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PALCLEAR® Flat Water-Clear PVC Sheets

Unique alternative with water-like clarity, great ink-adhesion, and chemical resistance

PALCLEAR has remarkable mechanical properties, impact strength, excellent chemical resistance, and self-extinguishing fire resistance. Digital print professionals love its unsurpassed ink-adhesion and water-like clarity as well as optional characteristics ranging from high clarity and anti-reflective surface to increased impact resistance. PALCLEAR withstands many chemical agents, and offers a variety of fabrication options due to its convenient mechanical behavior.

Product Details

PALCLEAR® Product Range

PALCLEAR® Water Clear*Clear UV stabilized PVC sheet
PALCLEAR® BluishBluish tint
PALCLEAR® UVUV protected on one side
PALCLEAR® EmbossedPrismatic embossed finish on one side
PALCLEAR® MatteMatte finish on one side
PALCLEAR® DifffuserFor indoor light box applications


* Water-Clear is PALCLEAR’s standard color with best availability. The other products listed are available upon request.

Standard Dimensions

Thickness in. (mm)0.040" - 0.472" (1-12mm)
Dimensions in. *48.5" X 96.5"


*Other dimensions are available upon request with minimum order requirements.




TransparentWater-Clear, Bronze, Bluish
TranslucentWhite Opal, White Diffuser

Physical Properties

Property Conditions**
Method*Units - Metric
Value - Metric
(U.S. Customary)**
Density D-1505g/cm³ (lb/ft³) 1.35-1.4 (84-87)
Water Absorption 24 hr. @ 23°C (73°F) D-570 % 0.03
Tensile strength at yield 10 mm/min (0.4 in./min) D-638 MPa (psi) 71 (10,300)
Tensile strength at break 10 mm/min (0.4 in./min) D-638 MPa (psi) 39 (5,650)
Elongation at yield 10 mm/min (0.4 in./min) D-638 % 3
Elongation at break 10 mm/min (0.4 in./min) D-638 % 95
Tensile Modulus of Elasticity 1 mm/min (0.052 in. /min) D-638 MPa (psi) 3100 (450,000)
Flexural Modulus 1 mm/min (0.052 in. /min) D-790 MPa (psi) 3200 (464,000)
Flexural Strength at Yield 1 mm/min (0.052 in. /min) D-790 MPa (psi) 103 (14,900)
Notch Impact Strength Izod23°C (73°F) D-256 J (ft·lbf) 35 (0.65)
Notch Impact Strength Charpy 23°C (73°F) D-256 J/m (ft·lbf/in) 25 (0.48)
Impact Falling Weight 3 mm (0.118 in.) Sheet ISO-6603/1dJ (ft·lbf) 95 (70)
HardnessD-785Rockwell R Scale Shore115
Shore DD Scale80
Long Term Service Temperature 0 to +50 (32 to 122)
Heat Deflection Temperature Load: 1.82 Mpa (264 psi) D-648 °C (°F) 62 to 65 (144 to 150)
Vicat Softening Temperature Load: 1 kg (2.2 lb) D-1525 °C (°F) 86 (185)
Coefficient of Linear Thermal ExpansionD-696 °C (°F) 6.7x10-5 (3.7x10-5)
Thermal Conductivity C-177 W/m°K0.11 (1.05)
Light Transmission 3 mm (0.118 in.) Water-Clear Sheet D-1003 % 82
Yellowness Index 3 mm (0.118 in.) Water-Clear Sheet D-1925 <4
Refractive Index3 mm (0.118 in.) Water-Clear Sheet D-5421.5
Dielectric Constant 50 Hz D-150 4
Dielectric Constant 1 MHz D-150 3
Dielectric Strength500 V/s D-149 kV/mm (V/mil) >50
Surface Resistance Keithley D-257 Ohm 3.7x1014
Volume Resistance Keithley D-257 Ohm-cm (Ohm-in)1.2x1015


*ASTM except where noted otherwise


**Conditions, units, and values in U.S. Customary units are presented in the table within parentheses


Standard Classification*
EN 13501B, s3, d0
BS 476/7Class 1
NSP 92501,5M-1, M-2
EC 695.2.1Self-extinguishing
CSE RF 3/77Class 1
UL 94V-0


* Depends on thickness, color and type.


Impact Resistance: PALCLEAR and PALCLEAR HI offer a wider choice to designers and fabricators for point of sale and general fabricated items, particularly when compared to the impact properties of acrylic and polystyrene sheets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Palram roofing sheets block UV radiation?
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Some of them do. Rigid PVC and polycarbonate sheets are practically opaque to UV radiation, making them a perfect barrier against this harmful radiation. They actually block UV-A and UV-B radiation better than nearly any sunscreen lotion.

On the other hand, acrylic roofing sheets (which are not produced by Palram) generally transmit a considerable portion of the UV radiation.

Review the technical datasheet for each Palram product for specific UV information.

What is the purpose of the protective polyethylene films on certain sheets?
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The protective films in flat (non-corrugated) Palram sheets are for protection against dirt and scratching during the long journey from manufacturing to the job site. In some cases, the film also carries important installation and other product information.

The film will also indicate which side is UV-protected. This side should be installed facing outwards (extremely important).

In most cases, we recommend peeling off the protective films after installation. If this is not possible for practical reasons, always mark the UV protected surface, if there is one, so that the sheet will not be installed upside down.

Important note: The protective films that cover Palram sheets are highly sensitive to heat and direct sunlight. Excessive heat and direct sunlight before taking off the film can cause gluing of that film to the sheet surface, after which it will be extremely difficult to remove it from the sheet.

Do Palram panels keep out heat?
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Palram products are available in a variety of colors, which varies by product. Each has its own heat and light transmission properties. While all Palram panels block virtually 100% of harmful UV radiation, there are variations in heat and light transmission.

Clear panels allow the most solar light and heat through, while lighter, opaque colors are more reflective. If excessive heat buildup is a concern, our "Solar Control" panels are your best bet. Please see each product page for more information on color offerings, light transmission percentages and warranty terms.

How important is it to follow Palram general recommendations on product usage?
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Can Palram sheets catch fire?
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All plastic materials are flammable to some degree, and will catch fire in presence of exterior flame.

The ignition temperature of polycarbonate sheets is 915ºF (490ºC).

The ignition temperature of PVC sheets is 736ºF (391ºC).

Both materials are self-extinguishing, and fire will decay when the exterior flame source is removed.

Note that compared to polycarbonate and PVC, acrylic sheets (which are not produced by Palram) are more flammable.

Can Palram sheets be curved?
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Bending/forming instructions vary by sheet material. Always check the installation instructions of the relevant sheet material.

But in general, some of our sheets can be cold-curved for arched shapes, provided the relevant Palram specifications for minimum radius in cold-curving are followed.

Rigid flat sheets can be cold-curved in any direction.

Corrugated sheets can be cold arched "along the grain" of the corrugation (lengthwise). Corrugated sheets cannot be curved/arched "against the grain." That is, do not bend perpendicular to the direction of the ribs.

Like corrugated sheets, multiwall sheets can be arched only "along the grain" of multiwall (lengthwise).

Our Palight Trimboard "lumber-style" boards can be heat formed in any direction, with the proper heating equipment and forming jig.

Again, see the installation guidelines for each material for specific instructions.

How should I store Palram sheets when not in use?
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Store sheets in a protected, shaded, ventilated site, with no direct exposure to sunlight and winds. For outdoor temporary storage, cover with an opaque protective tarp, avoiding heat-absorbing materials.

Important note: Palram flat (non-corrugated) panels have a protective surface film that keeps the product safe from dirt and scratches during the long journey from manufacturing to the job site.

These films are sensitive to heat and direct sunlight. Excessive heat and direct sunlight before taking off the film can cause that film to bond the sheet surface, after which it will be extremely difficult to remove the film from the sheet.

Can I use any of Palram's products as a hurricane screen?
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How long do Palram PVC and polycarbonate products last?
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Palram manufactures a variety of different products for different applications. Most have industry-leading warranties against manufacturing related defects, as well as specific warranties related to the intended use for the product.

However, with proper installation and maintenance, our products typically far exceed their warranty periods.

Many of our products are engineered to be installed outdoors and are warranted accordingly. Nevertheless, the lifespan of outdoor products can be affected by how well they were installed, as well as environmental factors like air pollution, sun exposure, winds and erosion by airborne particles.

Warranty details can be found in the Downloads tab under the Warranties section at the bottom of the page for each individual product.

Can I recycle Palram polycarbonate or PVC panel scraps?
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Yes, Palram's polycarbonate and PVC sheet products are recyclable.

Polycarbonate products such as Suntuf, Sunlite, Palsun, DynaGlas, or ThermaGlas should be marked "Plastic #7" prior to recycling.

PVC products such as Palruf, Ag-Tuf, PALCLAD PRO HYG, Palclear, or should be marked "Plastic #3".

If local recycling is not available, other resources are available. For PVC products, click here to visit the Vinyl Institute's Recycling Provider Database.

For polycarbonate products, visit The Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers site and review their materials buyers and seller's list.