Selecting the Best Glazing Material

Selecting the Best Glazing Material

Glass or acrylic? When it comes to framing prints and photos, it's a tale as old as time.

While the decision can come down to personal preferences, different applications and situations may require a little more thought.

We'll outline the basics, specialty products and the required care for both glass and acrylic.

Framing with Glass

  • Glass has high clarity, but it often has a slight color tint and can be highly reflective.
  • Glass can be manufactured with a UV-filtering layer to protect items on display from light damage.
  • Glass is heavy and can be cumbersome if used for oversized frames.
  • Glass is fragile and requires careful handling but does not mar or scratch easily.

Specialty Glass Products

    • Water white glass, also known as low-iron glass, lessens the color tint and is antireflective.
    • Laminated safety glass doesn't break into pieces; impact creates the classic spiderweb pattern but it remains in one piece.

Caring for Glass

Glass is easy to clean with a standard glass cleaner without concern for damaging the finish.

Framing with Acrylic

  • Acrylic is lighter in weight making it ideal for oversize frames
  • Acrylic can have a UV-filtering layer to protect the artwork on display from light damage.
  • Acrylic is a static generator, it should not be used with charcoal, pastel or any medium that has particles that may pull loose from the paper surface.
  • Acrylic does not shatter; however, it can be scratched.

Specialty Acrylic Products

    • Abrasion-resistant acrylic has a special coating that prevents scratches and dulling, allowing for a clear viewing experience. 
    • Tru Vue® Optium Museum Acrylic® is UV-filtering, antireflective, antistatic and abrasion-resistant. It is virtually invisible allowing for an optimal viewing experience.

Caring for Acrylic

When cleaning acrylic, use a product specifically made for acrylic with a nonabrasive, low-lint cleaning cloth. (This does not apply to specialty acrylic products.)

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