Conservation Glazing

FEATURES OF OPTIUM MUSEUM ACRYLIC:

Optium Museum Acrylic® is the ultimate glazing product that performs more like glass than acrylic. This state-of-the-art acrylic product provides 99% UV protection to protect against fading and is optically coated. Tru Vue's proprietary coating process using Magnetron Sputtering technology creates a nearly invisible surface. Like most acrylic products, Optium Museum Acrylic is half the weight of glass and is shatter-resistant. However, unlike typical acrylic sheets, Optium Museum Acrylic performs like glass with its anti-static and abrasion resistant features.

Megawood Larson Juhl also offers a convenient "cut-to-size" service for this product.

  • Available in 3.0mm, 4.5mm, and 6.0mm thickness
  • Anti-reflective coating optimizes the appearance while significantly reducing distracting reflections to less than 1.6% at a 90 degree angle.
  • Anti-static protection that actually exceeds glass and dissipates 2000 times more static than regular acrylic, making it safe for friable materials and minimizing cleaning.
  • Abrasion resistant glazing offers 20x more protection than regular acrylic and resists minor scratches associated with frequent cleaning like anti-reflective glass. Can be re-used for traveling and temporary exhibits
  • Maximum UV protection filters up to 99% of damaging 300-380 nm UV rays so you can display sensitive objects.
  • Lightweight – 50% lighter than glass. Perfect for large items and display cases.
  • Gauges up to 4.5 mm can be cut like regular acrylic
  • Cleans like Tru Vue glass products, with ammonia-free cleaner.
  • Shatter-resistant, thermal insulating, and anti-static properties provide a secure and protected environment.

WHEN TO USE

  • For virtually invisible glazing that will enhance colours, brightness and contrast levels of all types of artwork, including shadow boxes
  • For protecting valued, irreplaceable artwork against damage and fading caused by UV light
  • 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
40" x 60" 3.0 mm 1
48" x 96" 3.0 mm 1
72" x 96" 4.5 mm 1
72" x 120" 6.0 mm 1

Megawood Larson Juhl also offers a convenient "cut-to-size" service for this product.

 

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

3.0mm or 4.5mm Optium Museum Acrylic® and 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.

6.0mm Optium Museum Acrylic

  • Fabricate using a power saw with a saw blade specifically designed to cut acrylic. Contact us for saw blade recommendations.
  • Optium Acrylic Glazing should NOT be cut with a laser. The extreme heat can cause crazing, which may lead to delamination of the coating.

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 Museum Acrylic used in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam



Optium Acrylic Scratch Test Video



Optium Museum Acrylic Training Video



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