For large panels or ones with complex geometric shapes a process known as bonding can be used. Most fabricators have not invested in scientific evaluation of their bonding methods and use inferior commercially available acrylic adhesives. All of our bonding technologies have been independently lab tested for tensile and shear strength. Our proprietary bonding technology has a tensile strength of over 9,000 PSI, which is far superior to commercially available products that range from 2,000 PSI to 4,000 PSI. In addition to being stronger, our adhesive is clearer, harder and more chemically resistant than commercial adhesives. As a consumer, this gives you the peace of mind that our adhesive won’t cloud or separate. As an added safety factor, we design and manufacture all of our bonded transparencies to withstand more than 11.2 times their maximum load.
6) Polishing an acrylic pool window or wall
Panels that are designed as 3-side support transparencies or incorporate bonds will require polishing. Polishing an acrylic transparency is a highly laborious process that requires extreme attention to detail. The process starts with an aggressive abrasive and proceeds with incremental steps until a 1-micron optical finish is achieved. Inexperienced fabricators will often leave visible distortions that will reflect light abnormally.