Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Plexiglass is the generic term synonymous with acrylic sheet. Acrylic is the plastic used by professional framers because of its special clarity, strength, and ability to keeps its clear color and to not yellow over time.
We suggest using plexiglass when something will be very heavy, and we are looking to make it lighter and when something is being shipped. To help prevent shattered glass and damages to the artwork and the person opening the package. Also take into consideration where you are hanging a piece, say you are hanging something over your bed, you might not want to have regular glass that could shatter if the piece were to fall.
Non-glare plexiglass is etched so that the surface doesn’t reflect the light like normal plexi. The etching is done by dipping plexi into an acidic solution and it creates a microscopic pattern. The acid is removed, and the plexi is then safe to use for art.
UV Protecting Plexi
Ultraviolet rays are incredibly damaging to artwork. With a UV protecting plexi you can see 97%-99% UV protection.
Most UV protecting plexiglasses have a surface coating that provides the protection from UV rays, but you must still be aware of where you are hanging your artwork. We never recommend hanging your artwork in direct sunlight. To help block harmful UV rays we also recommend putting UV tinted sheets on your external windows.
Museum Plexi has an anti-reflective coating as well as UV protection. If you are looking for the best clarity for your artwork, then this is the right plexi. It literally looks like nothing is there. The Museum Plexiglass differs from Museum Glass because Museum Glass can still shatter, plexi doesn’t shatter.