What Type of Plastic Film or Plastic Sheets Do I Need?

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®” 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® plastic film, 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.

Grafix Plastics stocks a wide variety of different kinds of plastic film products, in a variety of thicknesses and finishes. Our Plastic Film Products page outlines all the different types of plastic film that we offer.