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[DuPont Teijin Films, Hopewell, VA] A registered trademark for a series of optically clear, colorless, thermoplastic polyester films. First introduced in the early 1950s, Mylar® is composed of polyethylene terephthalate. It is a biaxially oriented film that is chemically inert and dimensionally stable. Mylar is an effective barrier to moisture, oil and grease. It has been used for lamination, coating, embossing, printing, and dyeing. Mylar has been also used for heat seal packaging. Mylar® type D sheets are uncoated and have been used for enclosing photographs and coins as well as for making photocorners.

Note: Mylar® type D sheets were discontinued September 2001 by DuPont.


Synonyms and Related Terms

PET; Mylar [Du Pont]; Hostaphan [Mitsubishi]; Claryl [Toray]; 3M Polyester [3M]; Questar {Filmquest]; polyesterr; polyethylene terephthalate; tereftalato de polietileno (Esp.)

Similar products: Melinex type 516


Personal Risks

Difficult to ignite. Burns with a shiny, yellow-orange, sooty flame. Self-extinguishing.

Collection Risks

Physical and Chemical Properties

Resistant to cold acids, weak alkalis, bleach and most organic solvents. Degrades in strong alkalis, strong hot acids, cresol.

For a 1 mil film: Oxygen transmission = 19-32 ml/m2d; Water vapor transmission = 45-60 g/m2d;

Melting Point 250-260
Density 1.38
Refractive Index 1.54, 1.72
Rolls of Mylar film

Additional Information

DuPont Teijin: [Films Database]

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
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  • Identification of Textile Materials, The Textile Institute, Manchester, England, 1985
  • Teri Hensick, contributed information, 1998MWG

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