Non-conservation Glazing

FEATURES OF OPTIUM ACRYLIC

When preservation is not a concern, Optium Acrylic® is the ideal anti-reflective glazing solution that performs more like glass than acrylic. Optium Acrylic provides up to 93% UV protection and is optically coated. Tru Vue's proprietary coating process using Magnetron Sputtering technology creates a nearly invisible surface. Like most acrylic products, Optium Acrylic is half the weight of glass and is shatter-resistant. However, unlike typical acrylic sheets, Optium Acrylic performs like glass with its anti-static and abrasion resistant features.

  • Available in 3.0mm
  • Provides anti-static and anti-reflective protection with 93% UV protection
  • Allows for easy handling – approximately 50% lighter than glass and shatter resistant
  • Abrasion resistant - extends the service life
  • Cuts like regular acrylic
  • Cleans like Tru Vue glass products with ammonia-free cleaner.

WHEN TO USE

  • Ideal for reflection-free viewing when conservation grade UV protection is not a concern
  • To enhance colours, brightness and contrast levels of all types of artwork, such as photographs
  • Ideal for oversized framing applications and static sensitive pieces, such as pastels and charcoals
  • When lightweight, shatter and abrasion resistant glazing is essential for protection

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Size Thickness Sheets per box
48" x 96" 3.0 mm 1

 

HANDLING

  • Cotton or nitrile rubber gloves should be worn to minimize finger-prints and other particles.
  • Optium Acrylic® products are covered with a protective film masking on each surface. This masking prevents scratching during handling and cutting and should be left in place on the sheet as long as possible
  • To remove the masking, start at one corner and pull towards the opposite side of the sheet slowly and evenly without stopping.
  • The masking should never be exposed to excessive sunlight or outdoor conditions for extended periods of time.

CUTTING

3mm Optium Acrylic®

  • Place Optium on a clean, dust-free work area.
  • Cover the work table with a soft, clean, lint-free felt.
  • Use a Multi-Material cutter “scribe and break” method.

CLEANING

  • Place the acrylic on a clean, non-abrasive surface for cleaning.
  • Use a clean, soft, lint-free or micro-fiber cloth to clean.
  • Do not use coarse or abrasive cleaning agents or dirty cloths.
  • Spray an ammonia-free cleaner onto the cloth and wipe the acrylic.
  • Never spray cleaner directly on the acrylic.
  • Do not use an acrylic cleaner or polishing agents on this product.
  • Do not buff scratches in this product as it may damage the anti-reflective coating.
  • Abrasion-resistant properties prevent mild scratching, but not deep scratches. Cuts by hard objects cannot be repaired.

Framing Practices for 40”x60” and larger

  • To prevent bowing, twisting, and/or warping during framing, provide reinforcing support of the acrylic sheet during framing.

Storing Optium

  • Avoid storing in areas where condensation might occur.
  • Use 2-ply rag board or pH neutral paper for interleaf during short-term storage.
  • Stack sheets horizontally with the larger sheets at the bottom, or lean acrylic sheets at an angle of approximately 10 degrees to prevent bowing.
  • Allow 24 hours for acclimatizing before exhibiting. Condensation will leave water spots on the anti-reflective coating.
  • The masking should never be exposed to excessive sunlight or outdoor conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Although Optium does not require a climate controlled environment for long-term storage, we recommend removing any protective film masking and use pH neutral paper to separate the parts.
  • Optium is not effected by standard museum environments or normal warehouse temperatures, and can withstand extreme temperatures of minus -34 degrees C to 71 degrees C.
  • If storing framed pieces, please note that Optium expands and contracts, so allow for size variation in frame systems.
  • Avoid shipping framed pieces horizontally as expansion/contraction of the sheet may cause vibration or rubbing against the surface of the artwork.

VIDEOS

Optium Acrylic Scratch Test Video



Optium Acrylic Training Video



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