High-impact styrene is an excellent and inexpensive material for vacuum forming and display fabrication. Clear styrene plastic is an inexpensive, thin gauged material widely used in the framing industry.
Styrene is a chemical used to make latex, synthetic rubber, and polystyrene resins. These resins are used to make plastic packaging, disposable cups and containers, insulation, and other products. Styrene is also produced naturally in some plants.
Is Styrene Plastic Toxic?
As a rule of thumb, styrene plastic is not harmful in very small amounts that most people are exposed to in food or air. However, if someone were to work closely with styrene, they may find the odor of the chemical to cause slight nausea, which can be alleviated by simply getting fresh air.
What is a Styrene Framing "Glass"?
Styrene plastic is a popular choice for picture framing because the material is lightweight, resistant to shattering, and affordable. In fact, styrene is the most affordable non-glass facing option for framing—providing quality protection from scratches and dust damage.
What is the Best Glue for Styrene Plastic?
We recommend HIPS Styrene Glue: WELD-ON® 1802. This plastic glue is specially formulated to bond a wide variety of plastics together. However, the glue will not bond plastic to metal or wood.