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Materials Selection

Boat Dash Assembly

The Materials Review Program at McClarin Plastics, LLC is a structured format of inviting domestic and international material suppliers to meet with our Design Review team and present the latest material product developments, quarterly to improve our ability to find new solutions for customers.

McClarin researches the benefits and disadvantages of each plastic component from acrylic plastic components to PVC plastic components to provide our clients with information to make the best choice for each individual project.

White Paper: The Plastics Advantage
by Don Mebius, Value Engineering Manager for McClarin Plastics

The chart below gives an idea of what materials may be best for a particular project. (add plastic components after material in chart, aka. acrylic plastic components)

Materials Appearance/
Plus Minus
PVC Glossy surface Dielectric properties, good cosmetics, chemical resistance, fire retardant Possible building code restrictions
ABS Medium gloss level Tough, hard, easily decorated, easily bonded Needs UV stabilization for outdoor use, needs additives for fire retardancy
Polyethylene Dull, slippery surface Impact resistance, chemical resistance, environmental stress crack resistance Difficult to paint or decorate, difficult to adhesive bond, flexibility
TPO Dull surface Impact resistance, several formulations available for specific applications Flexible, processing is tricky
Polycarbonate Good surface cosmetics High impact resistance, stiff Low abrasion resistance, crazes in contact with hydrocarbons
Acrylic Excellent cosmetics, high gloss Excellent transparency, good optical properties Low impact resistance