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What is plastisol used for?

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Manufacturers use Plastisol for molding plastic products, as a textile ink for screen printing, as a coating for roofs and outdoor furniture, and as a protective, functional or decorative coating for tools, gloves and automotive parts, among other uses. Plastisol is a suspension of polyvinyl chloride particles in a liquid plasticizer.

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Plastisol in liquid form, when cured by heat, forms a solid plastic with a wide variety of applications. Coating tools, wires or chains with Plastisol renders them non-slip, adds cushioning and offers electrical insulation and abrasion resistance, as well as resistance to weather and corrosion.

Through rotational or slush molding, many industries use Plastisol to make hollow, flexible products such as toys, dolls, sport balls, vinyl masks and mannequins. Orange traffic cones are also made from Plastisol.

The textile industry uses Plastisol for work gloves, hospital socks, non-skid hosiery, entrance mats and t-shirt screen printing. In screen printing, Plastisol sits atop the threads instead of soaking into them, giving the garment a plasticized, textured feel.

Industries needing lightweight Plastisol use Plastisol foam to create air filters, yoga mats, bottle cap sealants and gaskets. The foam is chemically or mechanically blown instead of molded. Manufacturers also use Plastisol for soft plastic fishing lures and to create molds for the manufactured stone industry.

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