What Glass Should I Use?

Not long ago all pictures were glazed with standard 2mm float glass but now there are many more glass options available to the picture framer. What glass you decide on can depend on many factors such as value, size and type of artwork as well as your overall budget.  At Simon Robinson we want to give customers a good choice so are happy to offer the following:

Clear Colour Plus UV
We use clear colour more than any other glass at Simon Robinson. In fact, we are the biggest user in the UK which shows how highly we rate this speciality glass. And it is not just us, many museums and galleries are now using it on priceless artworks due to it’s clarity and uv protection.

Clear Colour Plus UV  has the following advantages:

  • It reduces reflection so your framed images can be viewed in the clearest possible way. In some conditions it can look invisible.
  • Clear Colour Plus UV blocks UV rays, reducing damage and fading of the framed image.
  • It’s Water White.  This means most of the impurities found in normal glass (such as iron, giving a green tinge) have been removed. This gives the most accurate colour rendition of the image.
  • It increases the transmission of light providing exceptional viewing clarity.

Items that particularly benefit from Clear Colour Plus UV include:

  • Water colours and prints that are liable to fade
  • Three dimensional objects in a box frame
  • Artwork of exceptional detail such as fine drawings or needle works
  • Items that will be hung in a sunny room
  • Work of value you want to preserve

This image shows the difference between our glass options. Clear Colour Plus UV is easily identified in the centre.  Traditional float glass is on the left and etched non-reflective glass is on the right.
Standard Float Glass

This is the standard choice for picture framing as it is both economic and easy to use. Although there can be quite a lot of reflection, it will protect your work from dust and accidents. Until not long ago this was the only option for framing.  We use it in many of our frames and it would be our second choice after the Clear Colour Plus UV.

Etched Non-Reflective Glass
Before Clear Colour glass this was the only option if you wanted a non-reflective glazing.  It has an etched surface so the light is defused, reducing reflection. However, the hazy, etched surface does mean you loose definition, especially obvious if the work is mounted or in a box frame.  It is due to this loss of definition we wouldn’t readily recommend it however, we do use it from time to time if a customer wants of match it to pieces they already have.

Art Shield Acrylic Glazing
Sometimes glass is not suitable to use, if the finished frame is extremely large or if it is to be transported abroad for example. In these cases we would recommend an acrylic glaze. Art Shield is a high quality alternative to glass, developed specially for the art and framing industry. Unlike standard acrylic it is virtually scratch resistant and has very little static build up.  It is also water white so the clarity is extremely high.

Simon Robinson & Son Picture Framers
01223 873123


Studio 6, Penn Farm, Harston Road, Haslingfield,Cambridge CB23 1JZ









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