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Frequently Asked Questions: Materials

Very often people use generic terms to describe specific types of plastic film. For example one of the most popular generic terms used to refer to film is “Acetate”. However, Acetate is a specific type of cellulosic based polymer that is one of the oldest types of material used for making plastic film. This is why it is so commonly used to refer to plastic film.

The meanings of these generic terms can vary from industry to industry. An example of this situation is use of the name ” Mylar (R)”. Mylar is the registered trademark owned by the E.I. Dupont Corporation for Bi-Axially Oriented Polyester Film. There are dozens of different types and grades of Mylar(R), however the term is generically used to describe a range of different films. For example people who work in the Architecture or Engineering business usually use the term Mylar when discussing matte drafting film, which is a translucent base polyester film with a matte coating that can be drawn on with pen & ink. People who work in Graphic Arts, Printing, or Document Archiving areas tend to use the term Mylar to refer to Clear Polyester Film.

There are many types of plastic materials, with a wide range of physical properties and attributes. To help you define what you might specifically be looking for, we’ve developed a handy Hierarchy of Plastics and their relative performance and cost.

Plastic Hierarchy


Grafix Plastics stocks a wide variety of different kinds of plastic film products, in a variety of thicknesses and finishes. Additionally, we have access to the plastic film and sheets version of many of the polymers above. Contact us today for help in selecting the right materials you need.

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