When we go out on bright and sunny days, we either cover up or put on sunscreen to protect our bodies from harmful UV radiation. What do we put on the plastic that we use outdoors? Think about how much UV damage is done to plastic lawn furniture that stays outside throughout the entire summer. What can be done to keep these products looking fresh and new?
All plastic is vulnerable to harmful rays from the sun. Damage happens when UV lights hit polymers while oxygen is moving through the material. When oxygen and UV light combine, it creates something known as free radicals or unpaired electrons. These free radicals will disrupt the molecular structure of the plastic.
Damage to plastic typically begins on the surface of the plastic, but the effects are more than just aesthetic. Discoloration is the first sign that UV rays and oxygen have begun to cause serious problems. Besides plastic turning yellow, you will also begin to see chalking, cracking, clouding, and an overall reduction in strength and flexibility. The aging process of plastic left in the sun is sped up drastically, which will shorten the product’s lifespan.
What can a manufacturer do to circumvent this problem?
Specialty compounding NY is the answer to all your UV protection problems. Specialty compounding endows polymers with special character traits that are not found in other types of plastics. We custom design masterbatch to meet the needs of each customer’s application and needs.
UV protection ensures that UV radiation does not negatively affect plastic that is left outside. Colors do not fade, and the plastic will not crack. The lifespan of plastic, treated with UV specialty compounding in NY, will last substantially longer than a product without it.