Gallery 360 carries a variety of UV protective glass and acrylic in both clear and non-glare options. For budget picture framing needs, 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:
TRU VUE MUSEUM GLASS AND MUSEUM ACRYLIC
Museum Glass and Optium Museum Acrylic are our premium 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-relflective and anti-static, they have less than 1% light reflection and over 97% light transmission. Tru Vue Museum quality glass and acrylic have a substrate of 2.5mm which is 130% the strenght 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) filters 99% of damaging ultraviolet light. 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.
TRU VUE CONSERVATION CLEAR ACRYLITE (UV ACRYLIC)
Tru-Vue Conservation Clear Acrylite (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 Reflection Control (Non-Glare 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.
TRU VUE AR CONSERVATION CLEAR (ABRASION RESISTANT UV ACRYLIC)
Tru-Vue AR Conservation Clear (Abrasion Resistant UV Acrylic) is similar to UV Acrylic with the addition of a scratch resistant surface. This product is ideal for office installations where janitorial services may be cleaning the framed artwork.
UltraVue® glass offers the same superior anti-reflective properties you’ve come to expect from Tru Vue, on a water white substrate. This high-quality, anti-reflective glass product provides 65% UV protection and is optically coated to create a nearly invisible finish. 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.
Preservation Spotlight: Image Permanence Institute — Digital and Traditional Photography
The Image Permanence Institute makes a variety of documents available regarding digital and traditional photography printing methods, inks, papers, storage, and restoration:
Image Permanence Institute Publications
The damaging effect of air pollution, paper degradation, sunlight, artificial lights and the acid by-products of the art’s own aging, can cause serious deterioration to art, prints, photographs and documents.
Whether your artwork or objects are sentimental family heirlooms, or have investment value, our conservation experts will use materials and techniques that will actively protect and extend the life and beauty of your possession.
Conservation framing involves experts applying specialised knowledge, materials and techniques to ensure that if the artwork is removed from the frame in the future, it will not show any evidence that it was framed, thereby preserving its long term value.
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 and acrylic glazing.
Glass or clear acrylic serves as a barrier between the artwork and the outside elements such as dust, moisture, curious observers and ultraviolet (UV) light. The energy in UV light can cause paper embrittlement, colour deterioration, loss of brightness and other damage. This damage is both cumulative and irreversible.
The glazing should not interfere, but enhance your artwork.
Our conservation team will assist you in choosing the most appropriate glass for your artwork, to summarise:
Regular clear glass used in every day picture framing will protect the artwork from dust and pollution, but will allow UV light and reflection to interfere with the art.
Conservation clear glass contains UV qualities that block 99% of damaging UV light, but does not have any anti reflection properties.
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. However it 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. We have had our glazing independently tested for UV qualities.
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