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Chemical Guidelines for Plastics

CHEMICAL GUIDELINES FOR PLASTICS CHART
Chemical  
LDPE
HDPE
PP
PVC
PET
PS
Acetic Acid, glacial  
B
A
A
D
D
D
Acetone  
B
A
A
D
D
D
Alcohol: Ethyl  
B
A
A
A
A
B
Alcohol: Methyl  
A
A
A
A
A
A
Alcohol: N-Propyl  
A
A
A
A
A
B
Aliphatic (Straight Chain) Hydrocarbons  
D
B
B
A
A
D
Ammonia 28%  
B
A
A
A
C
B
Battery Electrolyte  
A
A
A
B
B
B
Benzene, Xylene and other Aromatic Hydrocarbons  
D
D
D
D
D
D
Bromine, liquid  
D
D
B
D
D
D
Carbon Tetrachloride and other Chlorinated Hydrocarbons  
D
D
D
D
D
D
Chromic Acid below 40%  
A
A
A
A
A
B
Chromic Acid 40% or above  
B
A
A
A
C
D
Dipropylene Glycol  
A
A
A
A
C
A
Ethers, simple  
D
D
D
B
C
D
Ethyl Acetate and other Simple Esters  
B
B
B
D
D
D
Ethylene Glycol  
A
A
A
A
B
A
Formaldehyde 36%  
A
A
A
A
C
D
Formic Acid  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Gasoline  
D
B
B
B
B
D
Hexachlorophene  
B
A
C
B
C
C
Hydrobromic Acid 48%  
A
A
B
A
C
B
Hydrochloric (muriatic) Acid 36% or 22.4º Be  
A
A
A
A
B
B
Hydrofluoric Acid up to 52%  
A
A
A
A
C
D
Hydrofluosilicic Acid up to 26%  
A
A
C
C
C
B
Hydrogen Peroxide up to 30%  
A
A
A
A
A
B
Kerosene, Naphtha, Mineral Spirits, Petroleum, Distillate or Stoddard Solvent   
D
B
C
B
B
D
Mercury, metal  
A
A
A
A
C
A
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)  
B
B
B
D
D
D
MEK Peroxide  
C
A
C
D
C
D
Nitric Acid under 20%  
A
A
A
A
A
D
Nitric Acid 20-70%  
B
B
B
A
C
D
Oxalic Acid  
A
A
A
A
C
A
Phenol  
B
B
A
B
D
D
Phosphoric Acid 85% or 59º Be  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Potassium Hydroxide  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Quaternary Ammonium Salt Solutions  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Sodium Hydroxide  
A
A
A
A
B
B
Sodium Hypochlorite to 6% available Chloride  
A
A
A
A
CA
B
Sodium Hypochlorite 7-15% available Chloride  
A
A
B
A
C
B
Sulphuric Acid, cond. to 93% or 66º Be  
B
B
A
B
D
D
Trichloroethane  
D
D
B
A
A
D
Turpentine  
D
D
B
A
A
D
Water  
A
A
A
A
A
A

 

 
KEY 
 
A. Satisfactory
 
B. Probably Satisfactory
 
C. No Information Available
 
D. Unsatisfactory
 
 
 
LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene
 
HDPE - High Density Polyethylene
 
PP - Polypropylene
 
PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride
 
PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate
 
PS - Polystyrene