ABS Chemical Compatibility

What Chemicals are Compatible with ABS Plastic?

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is a thermoplastic polymer known for its strength, durability, and versatility. It is a hard plastic durable down to -40°C. It has a high resistance to temperature fluctuations. Suitable for a wide range of applications. It is tough and impact-resistant. ABS also has good heat resistance, dimensional stability, and chemical resistance to many acids and alkalis.

Mechanical properties
Property Approximate Value
Tensile strength  55-80 MN/m2 
Elongation at Break 10-50% 
Specific Heat 1.25 - 1.70 kJ/kg°C 
Glass Transition Temperature 110°C
Long Term Service Temperature  <100°C
Water Absorption  0.1 - 0.5 % (50% rh)
Transparency  Opaque

A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Fair
D = Severe Effect / Do not use

Chemical Resistance
@ 20°C/68°F
@ 60°C/140°F
Acetaldehyde D D
Acetic acid (10%) A D
Acetic acid (glac./anh.) D D
Acetic anhydride C D
Aceto-acetic ester D D
Acetone D D
Other ketones D D
Acetonitrile D -
Acetyl salicylic acid D D
Acid fumes D D
Alcohols (General) D D
Aliphatic esters D D
Alkyl chlorides D D
Alum A A
Aluminum chloride A A
Aluminum hydroxide B -
Aluminum sulphate A A
Ammonia, anhydrous A D
Ammonia, aqueous A D
Ammonium chloride A A
Amyl acetate D D
Amyl alcohol A -
Amyl chloride D -
Aniline D D
Antifreeze B B
Antimony trichloride A A
Aqua regia D D
Aromatic solvents D D
Ascorbic acid D D
Benzaldehyde B -
Benzene D D
Benzyl alcohol A -
Benzoic acid A A
Benzoyl peroxide A -
Boric acid A A
Bromide (K) solution A A
Bromine D D
Bromine liquid, tech. D D
Bromine water, saturated aqueous D D
Butyl alcohol A -
Calcium chloride A A
Carbon disulphide D D
Carbonic acid A A
Carbon tetrachloride D D
Caustic soda & potash A A
Chlorates of Na, K, Ba A A
Chlorine, dry or wet A A
Chlorides of Na, K, Ba A A
Chloroacetic acid D D
Chlorobenzene D D
Chloroform D D
Chlorosulphonic acid D D
Chromic acid (80%) A D
Citric acid A A
Copper salts (most) A A
Cresylic acids (50%) D D
Cyclohexane D D
Detergents, synthetic A D
Esters D D
Ether D D
Ethyl Alcohol B -
Fatty acids (>C6) A A
Ferric chloride A A
Ferrous sulphate A A
Fluorinated refrigerants D D
Fluorine, dry D D
Flourine, wet D D
Fluorosilic acid D D
Formaldehyde (40%) A A
Formic acid A A
Glycerine A A
Glycols D D
Glycol, ethylene A A
Glycolic acid D D
Hexamine D D
Hydrobromic acid (50%) A D
Hydrochloric acid (10%) A A
Hydrochloric acid (conc.) A D
Hydrocyanic acid A A
Hydrofluoric acid (40%) A D
Hydrofluoric acid (75%) D D
Hydrogen peroxide (30%) A D
Hydrogen peroxide (30 - 90%) D D
Hypochlorites A A
Hypochlorites (Na 12-14%) A D
Isobutyl alcohol B -
Lactic acid (90%) A A
Lead acetate A A
Lime (CaO) A A
Maleic acid A A
Manganate, potassium (K) A A
Mercuric chloride A D
Mercury A A
Methanol D D
Methylene chloride D D
Milk products A D
Monoethanolamine D D
Naptha A D
Napthalene D D
Nickel salts A A
Nitrates of Na, K and NH3 A A
Nitric acid (<25%) D D
Nitric acid (50%) D D
Nitric acid (90%) D D
Nitric acid (fuming) D D
Nitrite (Na) A D
Nitrobenzene D D
Oils, diesel D -
Oils, lubricating + aromatic additives D D
Oils (animal, vegetable, mineral) A A
Oxalic acid A D
Ozone D D
Paraffin wax A A
Petroleum spirits D D
Phenol D D
Phosphoric acid (20%) A D
Phosphoric acid (95%) A D
Phthalic acid B -
Picric acid A -
Pyridine D D
Salicyl aldehyde A -
Silicic acid A A
Silicone fluids D -
Silver nitrate A A
Sodium carbonate A A
Sodium peroxide A -
Sodium silicate A D
Sodium sulfide A D
Stannic chloride D D
Starch A D
Sugar, syrups & jams A A
Sulphates (Na, K, Mg, Ca) A A
Sulphites A D
Sulphur A -
Sulphur dioxide, dry A D
Sulphur dioxide, wet A D
Sulphur dioxide (96%) D D
Sulphur trioxide A A
Sulphuric acid (<50%) D D
Sulphuric acid (70%) D D
Sulphuric acid (95%) D D
Sulphuric acid, fuming D D
Tallow A A
Tartaric acid A A
Trichlorethylene D D
Urea (30%) A A
Vinegar A A
Wetting agents (<5%) A A
Yeast A D
Zinc chloride D D