Glass quality and purpose, UV and museum glass, how is it made and is it worth the money?
You may remember the old way of reducing glare on pictures! Popular in the 80’s and 90’s, non reflective glass can only be described as horrible, it makes everything look out of focus and actually speeds up the process of aging, because it bounces UV light around beneath the glass. Now with amazing advancement there are glazing's on the market that do what traditional non-reflective glass failed at. We’ve had it for a while but its now becoming a standard as people come to see and know the results.
Museum glass may be more expensive, but well worth the investment when you consider the benefits. Good quality museum glass cannot be beaten for its clarity, because it almost completely eliminates reflections, it is almost imperceptible.
Next time you come into the studio, have a look at the samples of ordinary glass and museum glass, side by side. The difference is truly amazing! Museum glass allows for optimal transition of light, making the images appear clearer and colours brighter and more saturated. By eliminating 99% of UV rays, which will age, fade and deteriorate most materials, museum glass is the best investment towards protecting your precious artwork.
If you are not worried about the reflection but conservation is a high concern there is a more affordable option that does not compromise on its preservation properties.
We ALWAYS recommend using this as a first choice.
And although we cant the reverse damage already done, if you notice some of your framed pieces are beginning to fade, you might consider bringing them in to have the glass replaced.
LINK: Click her for an article with a bit more scientific information on the different glass types and their benefits: http://www.frameusa.com/blog/what-are-the-different-types-of-picture-framing-glass/
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