The Universal Selection Source:
Plastics & Elastomers


Gloss characterizes how reflective or “shiny” a plastic material is, i.e. how much of a light beam touching the material with a define incident angle is reflected vs. a standard material (a black specimen with a define refractive index = 100). Gloss is strongly dependent on the surface aspect of the tested specimen: materials having a high Gloss are very smooth and highly reflective.

Gloss has no specific unit. It is expressed in %.

Gloss of plastic materials is usually measured by ASTM D523 and ASTM D2457.

Name of the polymer Explicit name of the polymer Min Value(%) Max Value(%)
ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene 40.000 96.000
ABS FR Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene flame retardant 55.000 55.000
ABS High Heat Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Heat 40.000 95.000
ABS High Impact Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Impact 87.000 92.000
ECTFE Ethylene Chlorotrifluoroethylene 90.000 90.000
EVA Ethylene Vinyl Acetate 17.000 123.000
EVOH Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol 85.000 95.000
HDPE - High Density Polyethylene HDPE - High Density Polyethylene 5.000 120.000
HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene 15.000 96.000
Ionomer (EMAC) Ionomer (Ethylene-Methyl Acrylate Copolymer) 20.000 104.000
LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene 35.000 97.000
LLDPE - Linear Low Density Polyethylene LLDPE - Linear Low Density Polyethylene 32.000 85.000
PA 6 Polyamide 6 130.000 145.000
PA 66 Polyamide 6-6 65.000 150.000
PET Polyethylene Terephthalate 105.000 200.000
PET G Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol 171.000 171.000
PLA-Heat Seal Layer Polylactide-Heat Seal Layer 89.000 91.000
PLA-High heat films Polylactide-High heat films 89.000 91.000
PMMA Impact modified Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) impact modified 125.000 125.000
PP 10-40% mineral filled Polypropylene 10-40% mineral filled 70.000 72.000
PP copo Polypropylene copolymer 80.000 80.000
PP homo Polypropylene homopolymer 75.000 90.000

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