Chemical Resistance Chart UPVC vs ABS As Used In Plumbing Fittings

Chemical Tested

UPVC

ABS

Acids, Bases and Salts

Acetic Acid 5% (vinegar)

No effect

No effect

Cloudy Ammonia

No effect

Some swelling/cracking

Sodium Chloride Conc (common salt)

No effect

Some swelling/cracking

Sodium Hydroxide Conc (caustic Soda)

No effect

Some swelling/cracking

Sulphuric Acid <50% (battery acid)

No effect

Some swelling/cracking

Adhesives

Araldyte (epoxy)

Some swelling

Dissolves or fails

Super Glue (cyanoacrylate)

Dissolves or fails

Dissolves or fails

PVC pipe glue

Soft & tacky surface

Stress cracks

PVC pipe glue priming fluid

Soft & tacky surface

Cracks & dissolves

Cleaners

Floor Wax

Some swelling

Dissolves or fails

Ajax All Purpose Cleaner (full strength)

Some swelling

Dissolves or fails

Ajax All Purpose Cleaner (3% solution)

No effect

Some swelling

Chlorine Bleach

No effect

Softens & Cracks

Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid

No effect

Dissolves or fails

Pinoclean

Softens & cracks

Softens & cracks

Car Wash Detergent

No effect

Dissolves or fails

Cosmetics

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Some swelling

Some swelling

Johnsons Baby Shampoo

No effect

Softens & cracks

Foodstuff

Cooking Oils

No effect

Softens & cracks

Fruit juices

No effect

Some swelling

Milk

No effect

Some swelling

Tea

No effect

Some swelling

Whisky

No effect

Softens & cracks

Methylated Spirits

No effect

Dissolves or fails

General Chemicals

Acetone

Soft & tacky surface

Cracks & dissolves

Brake Fluid

Some swelling

Dissolves or fails

Antifreeze/Coolant

No effect

Softens & cracks

Petrol

Hardens & cracks

Dissolves or fails

Isopropyl Alcohol

No effect

Dissolves or fails

Kerosene

Some swelling

Softens & cracks

Methanol

No effect

Dissolves or fails

MEK (Methyl Ethyl Keytone)

Soft & tacky surface

Cracks & dissolves

Phenol

Dissolves or fails

Dissolves or fails

Mineral Turpentine

Some swelling

Dissolves or fails

Lubricant Oils

Silicone Oil

Some swelling

Dissolves or fails

Linseed Oil

Softens & cracks

Dissolves or fails

Auto Engine Oils

Some swelling

Softens & cracks

WD40

Some swelling

Some swelling

Paints

A general range of paints

Some swelling

Dissolves or fails