Phenolic is often used to refer to any layered plastic. Actually, phenolic is a very specific, resin-based material. It is no longer widely used for signage in General Manufacturing. Modern acrylic based plastics have taken over that market. Almost always, if a specifiation calls out Phenolic they are really needing Plastic. Consult your Engineer or contact us if you are not sure.

Phenolic is still a good choice in very specific applications. See our chart below.

Do you need a true, resin-based phenolic? We provide phenolic labels, nameplates and tags made from Norplex brand Phenolic. Other trade names are Micarta and Traffolite. Phenolic is similar to Bakelite. It is very rigid, has sharp edges and is not UV stable.

This high quality phenolic sheet is engraved on one side. The top layer is removed to show the inner layer.

Acrylic PlasticPhenolic
UV stable for Outdoor Use
Online Ordering
Detailed Engraving
Stock Colors13 4
Temperature range
Near Zero Electrical Conductivity
Extreme Chemical Resistance
Scratch ResistanceGood Better
FlexibilityFlexible Very Rigid
EdgesSquare Beveled
Engraving MethodLaser Rotary Tool
Mounting MethodPeel and Stick or Fasteners Fasteners
Lead TimeUsually 1-2 days 1-2 weeks minimum

Phenolic Color Selection

Stock color selection for Phenolic Tags. Material is 1/16" thick (0.062", 1.8mm). 1/8" (3.2mm) is available.

use phenolic labels in harsh environments only

Acrylic or Phenolic?

engraving of a phenolic label

Choose Phenolic

  • Very High Temperatures
  • Extreme Chemical Resistance
  • Near Zero Electrical Conductivity
  • Mil Spec
  • Indoor Use Only

Choose Acrylic Plastic

Over 99% of the items we ship use acrylic plastic engraving stock. Perfect for:

  • General Manufacturing
  • Warehouses
  • Outdoor or Indoor
  • OEM Applications
  • Marine and RV
  • Many, Many More!
acrylic plastic labels