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Plexiglas® Acrylic Molding Resin - Ethyl Acetate Dip Test
Limited information about the quality of parts injection molded from Plexiglas® molding pellets can be obtained from the ethyl acetate dip test. This test is performed as follows:
Store the parts for several hours at room temperature following molding or annealing to insure that they are in thermal equilibrium at room temperature.
Immerse the parts in 98% ethyl acetate for:
Remove the parts from the ethyl acetate and allow to air-dry for 3 to 5 minutes.
If any fogging of the parts or deposit of a white coating is noted, wipe the parts carefully to remove any surface film.
Examine the parts carefully for crazing or cracking.
Ethyl acetate is a flammable, volatile solvent that poses a slight health hazard. The OSHA Air Contaminant Standard for ethyl acetate is a time weighted average (TWA) of 400 ppm. Altuglas International recommends an exposure limit of 150 ppm. Skin and eye protection is indicated where direct contact with liquid is possible. The user is urged to obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet on ethyl acetate from his supplier.