Effect of Chemical Exposure On Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) | Preferred Plastics

Effect of Chemical Exposure On Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

The following list is a general reference guide for chemical exposure on PVC that we use in our custom profile extrusions in Plainwell, MI and Louisville, KY. These references are made with the assumption that the chemical contact with this material is casual as opposed to continuous or immersion service.

The ratings are to be used as a guide in selecting the most suitable product for a specific extrusion application at a standard temperature and pressure. Most powders, in general, present very little problem for PVC. Every application is different. In some cases there may be discoloration of PVC due to the exposure to certain compounds, chemicals, and solvents. Each user should conduct their own tests to determine the suitability of the raw material for a specific application. Although it is believable the attached ratings are correct and reliable, no performance guarantee is expressed or implied.

Chemical Name Rating Scale      
Acetic Acid (concentrate) C        
Acetic Acid (dilute) B        
Acetone C        
Ammonium Hydroxide A        
Amyl Acetate C        
Benzene B        
Butyl Alcohol B        
Carbon Tetra chlorine C        
Chloroform C        
Creosote C        
Cresol C        
Ethyl Acetate C        
Ethyl Alcohol B        
Ethyl Ether B        
Formaldehyde B        
Gasoline B        
Glacial Acetic Acid NR        
Hydrochloric Acid (concentrate) B        
Hydrofluoric Acid (concentrate) B        
Iodine A      
Isopropyl Alcohol B        
Methyl Alcohol B        
Methyl Ethyl Ketene NR        
Mineral Oil B        
Nitric Acid (concentrate) C        
Nitric Acid (dilute) B        
Peppermint Oil B        
Phenol B        
Propylene Glycol B        
Silver Nitrate A        
Sodium Hydroxide (up to 30%) A Rating Scale:      
Sulfuric Acid (concentrate) B A: Little or No Effect
Sulfuric Acid (dilute) A B: Minor to Moderate Effect
Trichloroethylene B C: Moderate to Severe Effect
Xylene B NR: Not Recommended

Custom Plastic Extrusion Capabilities

Preferred Plastics is an industry-leading custom plastics extruder offering turnkey extrusion and finishing services. Over the past 40 years, we have earned a global reputation for extruding high quality plastic parts to the most exacting specifications. Our innovative extruding processes are supported by superior customer service and a commitment to producing parts that meet the highest quality standards and are delivered on time and on budget. Contact us today!

We offer:

  • Profile extrusions – custom shapes and sizes to meet the requirements for a wide range of industries and applications
  • Tube extrusions – custom tube profiles for a wide range of industrial and consumer applications
  • Co-extrusions – using two or more resins to manufacture parts that meet exacting performance requirements
  • Crosshead extrusions – providing reinforcement for the part or encapsulation of metal pieces within the extrusion


Plainwell, MI

800 E Bridge St
Plainwell, MI 49080

(269) 685-5873

Louisville, KY

8301 Cane Run Rd
Louisville, KY 40258

(502) 935-3070