stethoscope tubing made of plastisolIf you have heard the term plastisol and wondered, “What is that?” you are not alone. Many people don’t know what plastisol is, even though this material is one we come in contact with on a regular basis.

The Origins of Plastisol

Plastisol first became popular during World War II when rubber was being rationed for military use. After the war, the use of plastisol in product development continued to grow. Nowadays, you can see plastisol coated items everywhere you go!

Common Uses for Plastisol Include:

Until now, you probably didn’t realized just how many plastisol products you are surrounded by. And now that you know what plastisol makes, you may also be wondering what plastisol looks like before it is heated and molded into these items.

How is Plastisol Made? 

Plastisol is created from three key ingredients:

Since it is originally a liquid at room temperature, plastisol is considered a thermoplastic liquid polymer. When in its liquid form, it can be poured into a mold. Then, when heated to the correct temperature in a dip molding oven, the components of plastisol fuse together to form a flexible, vinyl solid that is quite durable.

How Does Piper Plastics Use Plastisol? 

Here at Piper Plastics, we use plastisols in our dip coating, dip molding, rotational molding and casting processes. We pride ourselves in being able to formulate our plastisol according to your exact project specifications, including color and hardness.

For more information about plastisol and our custom dip molding and coating processes, visit us online or call us at 800-966-9919.

4 Responses

  1. I am severely allergic to several acrylates. Hydroxyethyl methacrylate, ethyl acrylate and ethyl cyanoacrylate. Can you tell me if any of these are used to create the polymers used in plastisol?

  2. Hello there.. My name is Akhil, am from India. Some people said the soft fishing lure (shade) is made from plastisol. Can you please tell me the exact material and its formulation which is used for this type of products,also can you explain the process.
    Hope to hear from you soon

    1. Hello Akhil,

      Fishing lure material is usually PVC of a very low durometer. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the formulation. Typically, fishing lures are cast from plastisol.

      Best,
      Andy Weiss
      Piper Plastics Corp.

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