WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN CHOOSING YOUR GLASS
The three most important elements of conservation framing are the mat board, the backing material and the glass or acrylic glazing.
Glass or clear acrylic acts as a barrier between the artwork and the outside environment such as dust, moisture, pollution, curious people and ultraviolet (UV) light. The energy in UV light can cause the paper art or print to become brittle, colour deterioration, image fading and other damage. This damage is both cumulative and irreversible.
The glazing should not interfere, but enhance your artwork.
Gallery 360’s conservation team will assist you in choosing the most appropriate glass or acrylic for your artwork from the following options:
Regular clear glass used by many framers for their picture framing will protect the artwork from dust and pollution, but will allow UV light and reflection to interfere with the art.
Gallery 360 will discuss this option with you, if budget is your primary issue, rather than enhancing the item you are framing, and if preservation is not a requirement.
Choosing an anti-reflective conservation glass will allow approximately 97% light transmission into the artwork with less than 1% reflection with UV protection.
Museum quality glass blocks out 99% of UV light, whilst allowing 97% of light transmission to the art with less than 1% reflection. Museum quality glass is the ultimate option when framing with glass.
An alternative to glass is using clear acrylic. This is the option often used by museums and Public Galleries. Acrylic is lighter than glass when framing larger artworks, it does not break and has superior thermal qualities than glass. Acrylic is more expensive than glass and some acrylic can scratch more easily than glass, so we weigh each option carefully before recommending a particular glazing option for your item. Acrylic is also available in museum standard UV versions. Gallery 360 regularly uses this for travelling exhibitions.
Gallery 360 carries a variety of UV protective glass and acrylic in both clear and non-reflective options. For decorative picture framing needs, when long term preservation is not a concern, we also feature similar products with a lower UV protection.
Ultraviolet light is present in nearly all forms of light, including sunlight, incandescent light, fluorescent light, and halogen light. UV light exposure causes artwork to fade, yellow, and become brittle. Although UV protective products will slow such deterioration, it is still important to hang valuable art away from direct sources of ultraviolet light. Moreover, ultraviolet light is not the only source of fading. Conditions such as heat, pollution and humidity will affect the possible discoloration and fading of artwork. Artwork may also be discoloured and damaged by the use of poor quality framing materials.
Although ten choices in glazing protection may seem daunting, our designers will quickly guide you to the right choice based upon your needs and budget. Here is the run down on our glazing options:
REGULAR CLEAR GLASS
When budget is your main concern and long term preservation of the work is not required, then standard framing glass can be an affordable option.
Regular glass will still act as a barrier against the environment, insects, etc. This glass does have some UV protection qualities but at nowhere close to the protection afforded by our rang of UV glazing options. The choice of glass is used only for photographs that can be reprinted as they fade, or for short term decorative works such as reproductive prints that can also be replaced in later years.
ULTRA VUE GLASS
One of Gallery 360’s most popular options, UltraVue® glass offers the same superior anti-reflective properties you’ve come to expect from our Museum glass, on a water white substrate. This high-quality, anti-reflective glass product provides 70% UV protection and is optically coated to create a nearly invisible finish.
Technical stuff – Similar to its other anti-reflective products, Tru Vue uses its proprietary coating process using Magnetron Sputtering technology, which deposits precisely controlled layers of highly energized metal oxides onto a 2mm, water white substrate, to produce the UltraVue product.
TRU VUE MUSEUM GLASS AND MUSEUM ACRYLIC
Museum Glass and Optium Museum Acrylic are our premium glazing options.
These products are the Bee’s Knees of glazing options. Nothing compares to Museum Glass and Museum Acrylic. They are the only glazing options with amazing clarity AND 99% UV protection. They are anti-reflective and anti-static, they have less than 1% light reflection and over 97% light transmission. If you are looking for the best appearance and the best UV protection, these are the products for you.
Tru Vue Museum quality glass and acrylic have a substrate of 2.5mm which is 130% the strength of 2mm glass. As our premium option in glazing Museum quality is truly phenomenal. When you look at a picture framed with Museum glass or acrylic, you feel like you are looking at the picture without glazing; it is virtually invisible.
TRU VUE CONSERVATION CLEAR
Tru-Vue Conservation Clear Glass (UV Glass) looks like standard glass; containing UV qualities that filter 99% of damaging UV light, but does not have any anti reflection properties.
This is the glass you see on a lot of the original art in our gallery and is our number one selling UV glass.
TRU VUE CONSERVATION REFLECTION CONTROL (NON-GLARE UV GLASS)
Tru Vue Conservation Reflection Control Glass (Non-glare UV Glass) has the same UV filtering quality as Conservation Clear glass, but has an etched surface to reduce glare. This surface softens the image with a resulting slight loss in clarity and color intensity.
CONSERVATION UV ACRYLIC
Conservation Clear UV Acrylic filters 99% of damaging ultraviolet light and provides an extremely clear view of the image without the slight greenish tint that is inherent in regular glass. Like other acrylic products, it is ideal for shipping and installing oversize pieces of art.
Conservation Non-Reflection UV Acrylic filters 99% of ultraviolet light and has an etched surface that is slightly less distorting than its glass equivalent. We use this product in many corporate installations where large windows produce glare, and we need an affordable acrylic product to reduce reflection.
SCRATCH RESISTANT UV ACRYLIC
You like the idea of having an acrylic mounted artwork but you are concerned about the possibility of scratching, then this is the product for you. Combining the highest UV protection of 99%, with a scratch resistant coating, this product will solve any concerns with stretching.