What Should Be The Picture Glazing Made of, Glass Or Acrylic?
27 Jul 2017
Whether it is glass or an acrylic, each one is available in three different types of finishes. They are clear, matte (which is also called as frosted or non-glare) and ultra-violet reflective coating. Now let's take a detailed look at these categories.
- Clear glazing – Clare glazing is the most common type as it allows to see the image clearly and is the cheapest form.
- Matte or Non-glare – This is a non reflective glazing that actually softens the look of an image. It is applied on specific portraits and is slightly costlier than the clear finish.
- UV reflective coating – This is a form of protective glazing that prevents ultra-violet rays of the sun from damaging artworks or pictures. This form is generally used to protect expensive photographs and artworks. UV glazing is much costlier than the other matte and clear options.
Now that you have understood the different finishes, let us see whether you should use glass or acrylic.
Acrylic or glass usage
Glass is a common glazing material used for picture framing services in Harvey. Glasses are applied to protect the image from dust and scratches and moreover, they are easy to clean. The only problem is, they can break while shipping or due to any unintentional mishap.
On the contrary, acrylic is used for glazing large posters or pictures which are usually bigger than 11X14. Acrylic can be seen on large frames. They are resistant proof and cheaper than glass. Even if the protective layer on the frame breaks it does not shatter into pieces like a glass. However acrylic can not be cleaned by just wiping. It needs a solution of water and soap to get cleaned properly. So remember not to use any ammonia based cleaner as it can bring down the quality of the acrylic.
Anti glare properties
Anti glare properties can be applied on both glass and acrylic. When it is a glass, anti glare is applied as a form of coating and with acrylic, it is fused with the material during the manufacturing process. When an anti glare coating is added on glass, it has a very light green tint. On the contrary, when the same happens with acrylic glazing, it has a yellowish appearance.
So the next time, you go to buy or customise a frame do not get confused and choose the glazing material as per the requirement.
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