Thursday, August 9, 2012

An 'Ask Mike' Question from Marco

May I take advantage of your expertise to clarify some doubts regarding the correct way to frame fine artwork and protect it.

I have a question re: Acrylic plexi-glass with UV protection. Which is the best to use if the artwork is colorful; the UV acrylic or the UV non-glare acrylic?

Answer: This is a common question for which there is no correct answer.The NG (non-glare) does slightly soften the colors, but glare and reflection can also interfere with the viewing of the artwork. Your choice depends on the look you’d like to achieve.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Where in room will art be displayed?  Hang something that is already framed in that spot to see if there is glare/reflection from surrounding lighting. Then, consider the viewing distance. Glare may not be a problem if the art is to be viewed from several feet away.

Another helpful trick to help you decide is to order a small sample of each type of acrylic. Place them side by side on art to see how each type looks.

Second Question: Acrylic plexi-glass UV: which is the best thickness to use especially if the artwork to frame have a big size (32x25) to avoid waves effect 3/32" or 1/8"?

The 3/32 will work and is also less expensive.Our acrylic is 3/32” works well for our customers.  If your project is hanging where people might be touching the acrylic a lot, then use the 1/8, as the thicker acrylic as it has less flex.

Let me know if you have anymore questions,


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