- Modern glazing is available to protect up to 99% of harmful UV radiation, which can cause your art to fade over time.
- The decision to use UV (ultra-violet) screening glazing is based on the media that you are framing and how prone it is to fading over time, as well as the light exposure where you intend to hand the pierce
- Some types of artwork not prone to fading are oil paintings, silver-darkroom photographs and modern archival ink jet prints
- Watercolors, conventional posters
- However, If a lot of light exposure is anticipated only use UV rating glazing – the price difference is worth it over time
- If the artwork has no value and you do not care about it then longevity with UV rating is not necessary.
- It would be a shame if your item fades because the glass doesn’t properly protect your piece
- Why UV is glazing important?
- Check out this True Vue Video on glazing, “Maximum Protection” :
Modern Glazing is available with extraordinary reflection control properties nearly eliminating reflections
• Ultra Vue Glass is color pure like Acrylic, however only 70% UV rated
• Museum glass – 99% UV Protection – our premier product for conservation and reflection control
• Optium Acrylic: ultimate glazing for reflection control, UV protection, optical clarity as well as anti-scratch and static
• Budget: traditionalreduced reflection glazing: maybe sutiable for some situation however it does diffuse the image
Conservation clear glass is less expensive than Conservation rated Acrylic
- The simple answer that this depends on budget and your application.
- Acrylic may scratch and is more color neutral, whereas glass may break and tends to have a slight green tint in comparison
- If you are artwork is very high-value or larger than about 36 x 48 we recommend against using glass