Introduction: Why You Don't Clean Acrylic With Alcohol!! (Methyl, Ethyl, Isopropanol, or Even Acetone.)

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Hello in this video I talk about why you shouldn't clean Acrylic with Alcohol such as Isopropanol or others as they are extremely damaging to the plastic. I also demonstrate acetone's effect on the plastic which is even worse.

In the video I offer semi real-time demos of the damage various alcohols deal to the acrylic including Isopropanol (Rubbing Alcohol), Ethanol (Drinking Alcohol), Methanol (Antifreeze/Gasoline Dryer), and Acetone (Industrial Stripping Agent.)

I also offer some information of the causes of these sensitivities, how they can be lessened, and potential theories as to why they occur. If you want to skip all that though then I'll also post a few pictures on the next page of the various solvents effects after the Acrylic edges have been heat treated and left in them for 5 minutes each.

Hopefully sharing this I can save some people accidentally destroying potentially expensive acrylic items by cleaning with alcohol. RIP my friends acrylic backed 780TIs...

Step 1: Results

In order the pictures show are Acrylic reacted with, Isopropanol 70%, Ethanol 76.5%, Methanol 100% and Acetone 100%.
Thanks for reading/watching, and have a nice day!

Side note, some other Brand Names for Acrylic that also are not safe to clean with alcohol:

"Acrylite®, Plexiglas®, Lucite®, Optix®, Polycast®, Chemcast®, Acriglas®, & Excelon®."