ACRYLITE® Product Advisor for Framing Projects
Non-glare Acrylic for Picture Frames:
Solutions for bright rooms and direct sunlight
Using non-glare acrylic for picture frames will reduce the unwanted glare and reflection that is created by light sources. Non-glare acrylic has a soft matte finish formulation that maximizes the unhindered viewing of framed artwork and prints alike. It creates glare-free and unobstructed viewing of your artwork, pictures and posters. Another advantage of using a non-glare acrylic sheet for picture frames and similar applications is that it also resists fingerprints. These are a few advantages of framing with a non-glare acrylic verses a normal clear acrylic. Standard acrylic will protect your prints but will not cut glare and reflection like a non-glare acrylic. Unlike other non-glare products in the market, ACRYLITE® non-glare acrylic sheet (often referred to as ACRYLITE® P99) is backed by our 30 year warranty against yellowing.
Non-glare acrylic products are lightweight, easy to cut, fabricate and are used for painting, printing and silk screening. It's also used for printing frameless pictures and artwork. For ensured color accuracy and brilliance, acrylics like ACRYLITE® digital print with non-glare are used. Using an acrylic designed specifically for digital printing results in optimal ink adhesion and superior optical clarity maximizing the visual impact of your print.
Mar Resistant & UV Filtering Acrylic
Acrylic products used in framing applications are also available with mar resistant and UV filtering protection.
UV Filtering Acrylic
Unprotected, fabrics and paper become brittle, fade, or turn yellow when exposed to sunlight and artificial light. A good example is a faded poster in a storefront or a magazine left in direct sunlight. Unprotected items will yellow within weeks due to exposure to the UV-light.
To protect your pictures, artwork and other prints, a UV filtering acrylic should be used. UV filtering acrylic protects against harmful UV light and it is irreversible damage, like fading. To learn more about UV filtering products, read ACRYLITE® UV filtering: Ultimate protection against damaging UV light.
Mar Resistant Acrylic
If your acrylic frame is going to be exposed to public contact, airborne dirt and dust resulting in frequent cleanings, then an abrasion or scratch resistant product like ACRYLITE® Gallery mar resistant acrylic is recommended. This acrylic has an abrasion resistant hard coat that protects the acrylic, extending the service life of the acrylic frame. It also allows you to clean it with common household cleaners that are not recommended to use on uncoated sheets.
Sheet Thickness for Standard Frames
What size acrylic should I use for my frames?
The acrylic picture frame design should allow for at least 1/16” of clearance for each 12” of frame length and 1/4” of engagement for each 12” of frame length. In conditions of extreme humidity or temperature, greater allowances may be necessary.
|Frame Size||Inches||Minimum Acrylic Thickness|
|5" x 7"||24"||0.060”|
|8" x 10"||36"||0.060”|
|11" x 14"||25"||0.060”|
|16" x 20"||36"||0.060”|
|24" x 30"||54"||0.098”|
|24" x 36"||60"||0.098”|
|30" x 36"||66"||0.098”|
|32" x 40"||72"||0.118”|
|36" x 48"||84"||0.118”|
Difference Between Acrylic and Glass
Acrylic, often referred to as plastic or plexiglass is a great alternative to glass for picture framing.
Acrylic is half the weight and much stronger than glass. It is also 18 times more impact resistant than typical glass. This makes acrylic the perfect choice for areas with high traffic or where safety and ease of handling are a concern. Unlike glass, acrylic will not shatter when dropped. Acrylic may crack into large pieces but the edges are much less sharp than those of broken glass.
Another advantage of acrylic over glass is that it has inherit UV filtering properties that protect your artwork and pictures from fading. Like acrylic, glass will protect against dust and scratches but it can't protect against the harmful UV rays.
Learn more about picture framing with acrylic with our video:
Floating Frame With Acrylic: Tutorial
What is a floating acrylic frame and how can I make one?
A floating acrylic frame is a borderless image that's printed on acrylic by one of several means (digital UV cure, silk screening, facemounting, etc.) and mounted on the wall using picture frame materials such as standoffs. Standoffs act like spacers and place the print some distance (an inch, for example) away from the wall.
Step 1. Drill the mounting holes.
Please reference our Technical Data Sheet on how to drill holes in acrylic, specifically what type of drill bit to use as well as the general drilling procedure. Standard drill bits designed for metal can damage the acrylic. This document can be located here.
Step 2. Determine what size hole to drill in the acrylic and where to locate them in the sheet.
a. First, the bolt hole diameter should be at least 2 times the diameter of the bolt. This allows for adequate clearance for thermal and moisture expansion and contraction.
b. The distance from the hole center to the edge of the sheet should be at least 1.5 times the diameter of the drilled hole. It is also helpful to avoid having the standoff fastened too tightly to the acrylic, as that will result in bowing due to expansion and contraction.
c. Beyond this technical information, mounting a floating frame is a matter of marking your standoff mounting holes in the wall, ensuring that they are spaced properly, and leveled with each other, etc. Instructions for installing each particular type of standoff will be supplied by the manufacturer. To learn more or purchase standoffs, please visit Displays2Go or GyFord's Standoff Systems
Acrylic frames can be cleaned with a mild soap and water or with an acrylic cleaner like ACRIFIX® AC1010. Using household cleaners is not recommended as it can damage the acrylic. If using an abrasion resistant acrylic frame, then both ACRIFIX® AC1010 and common glass cleaners can be used.