Chemical and weathering resistance of PVC-U

The outstanding chemical resistance of PVC-U extends to high concentrations; resistance against the influence of most mineral acids, bases and salt solutions and also sodium hypochlorite solutions is very good. Resistance to aliphatic hydrocarbons and elemental chlorine is also good. PVC-U, in general, shows weakness against aromatic or chlorinated solvents, esters and ketones. Use with gases is also not recommended. If the use of oils, varnish or fats is being considered, a prior investigation is advisable. These specifications are also valid – with exceptions – for adhesive joints, which normally are implemented by applying strongly dissolving gap-filling solvent cement to the PVC-U. PVC-U is very resistant to weathering. Long-term influence of direct sunlight as well as the effect of wind and rain damage on the material is only superficial. Despite its very good weathering resistance regarding ultraviolet radiation, PVC-U loses some of its impact strength. In extreme applications it can be advantageous to protect the material from direct sunlight...