Monday, June 25, 2012

Ask Mike: Anti-Reflective Properties of Non-Glare Acrylic

Here is a question that we "Asked Mike" about last week. His answers are always enlightening.

I have a question about your different Non-Glare acrylic glazings.  I have ordered UV Non-Glare acrylic from American Frame and found that it still reflects light sources to a higher level than Non-UV Non-Glare acrylic that I have ordered before, which is fine for the pieces I frame.  

But I now have two larger pieces that I am likely going to frame through your site but I was wondering if you find that your Non-UV Non-Glare Acrylic reflects less glare than your UV Non-Glare product.  I say this because the two pieces I am framing will go in a room with a few indoor indirect light sources and it will drive me a little crazy if every light in the room is clearly reflected in the acrylic.  I am fine if they are reflected but in a less sharp way than your UV-Non-Glare.  

So, I guess the short version of my question is which of your Non-Glare products do you think reduces glare the most?  Your UV-Non-Glare Acrylic or your regular Non-Glare Acrylic or are they the same as far as reflection and sharpness of reflection goes? I am not that worried about sharpness of the pieces being reduced under the acrylic.


According to manufacturer specifications, both NG and UV/NG plex have the same non-glare surface.We use Acrylite acrylic sheet.  Other companies may use acrylic from a different source, which may be more/less non-glare.

The usual question – was the non-glare surface facing out? When you receive your non-glare acrylic, the sheet will have a sticker indicating the correct side to face up. 

Notice the label: THIS SIDE OUT.  Using the wrong side will cause you to lose its properties.
The unlabeled side should be the side touching the art to make use of the non-glare properties of the acrylic.


  1. Touching? Does that mean that matted pieces will not be able to benefit from the anti-reflective qualities of this glazing?

    1. Matted pieces will still benefit from the anti-reflective qualities of the glazing. All we meant by "touching" is that the unlabeled side should be the side facing the artwork. If the non-glare acrylic is facing the wrong way, you will be able to notice glare on the acrylic! If you have any other questions, please let us know!

  2. Thanks for clarifying, Laura. That is helpful.

    1. You're welcome! Let us know if you need anything else.


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