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Not all plastics take to lacquering but ABS – once the ‘go to’ thermoplastic for enclosures – responds well. UV-stable ASA can also be lacquered, reacting much better than polyolefins (such as polyethylene and polypropylene) that have a low surface energy and are chemically inert. Polycarbonate is another plastic that can be lacquered effectively.

PMMA is compatible with many lacquers. It’s unusual for customers to want to lacquer PMMA because this plastic tends to be specified for infrared applications such as wireless remote controls. But it’s still good to know that you can lacquer PMMA on those rare occasions that it may be required.


Lacquering costs can vary depending on several factors, including the size and complexity of the parts to be lacquered, the type of lacquer used, the surface preparation required and the production volume.

The cost of the lacquer itself can vary based on its formulation and brand. Special lacquers, such as those with high chemical resistance or UV protection, may be more expensive than standard options. Compliance with environmental regulations can also affect costs.

As with so many aspects of manufacturing, the cost per unit decreases with larger production volumes due to economies of scale. Higher production volumes can help to spread fixed costs over more units, making the process more cost-effective.