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Thickness of Plastic Sheeting- How thick is....?

Posted by Nana Hinsley on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 11:25

So often people want to get an idea of how thick a certain thickness of plastic sheeting is. We hope this article will help you understand. 

Plastic sheeting's thickness is measured in mils.  The bigger the number of mils, the thicker the plastic sheeting.  Here are some approximations with common items to help you understand.

Four (4) mil plastic sheeting is about as thick as a piece of paper.

Six (6) mil plastic sheeting is what your trashbags are made from in your kitchen.

Ten (10) mil plastic sheeting is what your business card is often made from.

Fifty (50) mil is the thickness of a dime.

Sixty (60) mil plastic sheeting is the thickness of a penny.

Seventy Five (75) mil plastic sheeting is the thickness of a nickel. For simplicity here is a chart below.

Thickness of Plastic Sheeting              Common item for Comparison

75 mil                                                                 Nickel

60 mil                                                                 Penny

50 mil                                                                 Dime

10 mil                                                                 Business card

6 mil                                                      white trash bag used in kitchens

4 mil                                                             standard piece of paper

Not all plastic sheeting has the same tensile strength if it is the same thickness. Take skrim reinforced (string reinforced) plastic sheeting.  The layer of string or cord that is manufactured into the plastic give the plastic a great deal more strength and durability.  Depending on the application, one can select the most appropriate type of plastic sheeting to do the job.

Additives added to the plastic sheeting also affect how long the plastic will last. Plastic sheeting that has a U.V. additive added will hold up in the sunshine a lot longer than a piece of plastic that is the same mil thickness without the U.V. additive. Another common additive is the fire retardant additive.  In a fire, two sheets of plastic of the same mil thickness will withstand the flame differently. The fire retardant plastic sheeting will not burn. The flame will extinguish. The non-treated plastic sheeting will go up in flame, right quick and in a hurry!!

When you are deciding on how thick you want the plastic sheeting to be, also consider the additives that will give it added benefits.  Still can't decide? Give a qucik call, 866.697.9298, and we will give you your options to best suite your needs.

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Plastic Sheeting for Sheet Metal Protection...What are the options?

Posted by Nana Hinsley on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 12:47

Sheet metal protection is a must to protect against scratches. Global Plastic Sheeting has a very unique product for sheet metal protection.  It is called, No Adhesive Self-Adhesive (NASA) Plastic. NASA is a favorite product to protect metals because the film adheres well to metals, but has ZERO adhesive, so cannot leave behind any adhesive residue.  NASA is made in 3 mil or thicker.  It "sticks" to the metal until you pull it off!  No glue or adhesive mess to deal with.  To learn more about NASA Plastic, please click here.

We also have pressure sensitive self-adhesive films specifically engineered and designed for protecting metal of just about any type or finish.  Various products are recommended, depending on the finish and a number of other factors.  Our PSA coated films range in thickness from 2 mil to 10 mil.
For protecting metal using adhesive coated products, we normally like to involve the engineers, and provide a product that works as ideally on the particular metal/finish/process as possible.  In many metal operations, the protective covering is used during manufacturing to keep the metal from being damaged.  The metal is often bent, shaped, formed, drilled, die cut, rolled, drawn…  We like to find out what the film needs to survive during any processing and shipping periods, so we can make recommendations that have the best chance of successfully protecting the metal.
Just give us a call at 866.597.9298 to learn about your options. 

Tags: Sheet Metal Protection, plastic to protect metals

Extraordinary Greenhouse Film- Polydress Sola Wrap!

Posted by Nana Hinsley on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 09:19

Sola Wrap bubbleSola Wrap Bubble film

Polydress Sola Wrap greenhouse film is revolutionary in that it saves energy, offers UV protection, durability with transparency and extends the growing season. The unique bubble design is what allows Polydress Sola Wrap the capability to allow for year-round production at a fraction of the cost of traditional greenhouse films. Known in Europe as LP Keder or Polydress, Polydress Sola Wrap is now available in  U. S markets.  It's an insulated film that withstands the most extreme climates.  Sola Wrap has a track record for over 40 years of testing in the Swiss Alps, the Middle East, and across Europe. Sola Wrap provides an insulating effect that retains up to 95% of heat radiation while providing an R-value of 1.7. This energy savings is significant! 

Polydress Sola Wrap guarantees an even light diffusion over the entire greenhouse.  83% of sunlight diffuses through more than 100 air burls per square foot.  30% is healthy infrared light.  This even diffusion spreads evenly thus avoiding shading and burning areas.  The results are faster growing, healthy plants

Polydress Sola Wrap has a 5-year warranty against UV degradation. For over 40 years, this product has not deteriorated, changed color, become foggy or streaky. Used as greenhouse roofing or walls, Sola Wrap is waterproof, and airtight. It has withstood hailstorms, snowstorms, hurricane winds and both hot and cold snaps. Customers report picking strawberries inside the balmy greenhouse, while the temperatures outside are negative 30 degrees Celsius.  This same greenhouse withstood snows, 70 mile-per-hour winds and violent hailstorms.

Installation:  Polydress Sola Wrap is a flexible polyethylene film that is easily cut with a knife or scissors, and is completely recyclable and can be safely incinerated. 

Roll Size:  Rolls come in 4', 5' and 6' widths by 328' long. 

For more information, please ask for Ken Aguilar.  866.597.9298

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