Method for PVC specimen preparation

Plastics are used widely in many industrial applications. Particularly Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC has a variety of uses from home exterior rain gutters to plasma bags in the medial industry. PVC is one of the most widely used plastics. This application note details samples of PVC in the form of resin, thin films, gasket and pipe, which are to be prepared in cross section to a thickness of 1mm for general observation under optical light microscope. Using the materials and detailed methods listed below sample preparation was kept to a minimum for the level of detailed needed. However, additional observation might be needed under the scanning electron microscope.