Acrylic, Perspex and polycarbonate is a plastic which is often used to substitute glass. It is a flexible and durable material with a large variety of uses not limited to signs, shop fit outs and sales displays. It can be used as lenses and covers for anything, from cameras and Lego displays to TV screens and picture framing.

At Home

Acrylic can be used in the home in many ways. Some uses are as table, ottoman and armrest covers, kitchen bathroom or laundry splashbacks, collectable and sports memorabilia covers/display boxes. It can also be used to replace glass in art and photo frames and car parts, for skylight replacements and outdoor table protection.


Hotels, cafes and restaurants have many uses for acrylic/Perspex. It is used for many custom displays, polished block servers, cake platters, cupcake towers, food covers, cake cabinets, sneeze guards table covers, menu boards, trays for food and drinks, food servers, risers, drink towers and storage.


Acrylic and polycarbonate can be used as parts for Pinball machines, laser cutting machines, camera lenses, machine guards, visor shields, machinery weather protection and a multitude of other parts for any number of machines.


For weather protection, light covers, restorations and window fillers, it can be applied inside and on vehicles such as tractors, trucks, golf carts, 4WDs and cars. It can be used as light covers, screens, weather protection and even decorator panels on dash fit-outs. Its even used as boat windscreens and golf buggy covers.


In construction, acrylic is used for replacing windows, double glazing, gates, fencing, door protection, pet openings, roof infills and in many more ways.


A wide range of businesses and trades use acrylic for its versatility and practicality. These include laser cutters, artists, jewellery makers, event and party planners, chefs, graphic artists, sign makers, engravers, manufacturers, fabricators, schools and artists.


Cut to Size?


You can cut acrylic with a knife (it is not how we cut it and cannot advise the method) or use power saw or jigsaw with blades used for cutting aluminium (teeth that are close together). You will need to maintain a steady speed (not too fast) and support the acrylic well. 


We suggest practicing on scrap with sandpaper and a polishing compound, if you want to do this. Leave flaming for the professionals though as it involves gasses and skill to do so properly.


When sanding, use low grit to high grit paper as required, files with fine teeth can be used on edges if you are gentle.


You can heat acrylic and bend it, we do that to fabricate acrylic and shape it. People use low set ovens and heat guns, even hairdryers to warm and bend acrylic, we don’t give out instruction on this because it is a skill and we don’t want people burning them selves or ruining their acrylic. You can find many articles online that show great methods, and you can buy small bits of acrylic to practice on, we even have some small bits of pre-cut acrylic in the office (some as low as $5) for you to practice at low cost.

Sticking to walls

Neutral cure, silicone adhesive.

Want to know more about using acrylic for your next project?