The best choice for your frame
For framing, you need to choose a type of glass. The aim is to protect the framed work as it must be shown as optimally as possible. Wilcovak offers various types of glass.
- museumglass > 90% UV-protective
- layered glass > 90% UV-protective
- TruVue optium museum acrylic > 99% UV-protective
We always recommend using museum glass of 90% UV resistance. Alternatives can also be chosen for budgetary reasons.
UV-protective Museum glass
Museum glass is primarily intended to undo the annoying reflection of ordinary float glass. It seems as if there is no glass in the frame. The museum glass is marketed in various percentages of UV resistance. The higher the UV factor, the more protection against discoloration and damage to pigments or dyes.
Museum art glass is available in both 2 and 3 mm, and a UV-protection variant of 60%, 70% and 92%. However, a UV factor of 70% or more has a slowing effect.
The following descriptions are being used in the Netherlands:
>70% UV resistant = protective
>90% UV resistant = preservative
>99% UV resistant = museum quality
In a perfect lighting scenario, light falls from a high sharp angle. To avoid unwanted reflections as much as possible, it is important to properly execute the method of lighting. Tru Vue has a handy pdf with good instructions for this. You can download it here.
A disadvantage of laminated glass is the weight. An alternative in that case can be acrylic (plexiglass).
Tru Vue Optium Acrylic
Frames consisting of this type of glass are adapted to be suited for transport. It is also a safe way of framing for non-reproducible or delicate art work.
This type of plexiglass glass provides maximum protection (99%) against UV light, is anti-static and has anti-reflective properties. All the advantages in one. Many museums, all over the world, prefer Tru Vue Optium museum acrylic.
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