Our Non-Glare Acrylic cover is a great option for someone who wants to hang their frame up in a hallway or area of their home where sunlight will shine through — and otherwise obscure the art. There are, however, some things you need to take into account before choosing this option and even after when you’re installing your non-glare acrylic.
Here is an in-depth guide to our non-glare acrylic cover for all the questions you may have before submitting your order!
The first thing to consider about the non-glare acrylic is, well, the cost. The price will differ depending on the size of the frame you are ordering. For example, an 8″ x 10″ frame in our Derby style will cost $22.53 with our clear acrylic and $25.98 with our non-glare. In this case, the price difference is less than $4.
The Translucent Coating
When choosing a cover for your frame, what finish you prefer is also a consideration. There are two main options that would be ideal for different types of art.
Our non-glare acrylic does what it’s advertised to do — diffuse glare from the sun or other light sources. In order to do that, there’s a translucent coating on the front of the acrylic. The other side, however, is glossy.
A few things to consider: the matted, translucent side must always be facing outward when you frame it. If you don’t do this, your non-glare acrylic will look no different than the clear acrylic, which has two glossy sides.
The second thing to consider is, of course, how this translucent coating will impact your art. If you hold the art far away from the acrylic when the translucent side is facing out, this will cause your art to appear foggy. Don’t worry though! Once you put the art in the frame, which will press the art up against the cover, that will solve this issue — although the colors will still appear somewhat softer in your frame, as advertised on the front page of our site. For this reason, we don’t suggest you choose the non-glare cover for any colorful art pieces you are looking to frame.
Another thing to consider is if you are choosing to add matting to your frame. While matting is a decorative lining that can certainly complement your art, it also serves effectively as a spacer between your art and the acrylic. This, of course, means distance that otherwise wouldn’t be there. Going back to what we were talking about prior, this could cause some unintended fogging of your art.
It’s for this reason that we don’t recommend the combination of matting and non-glare acrylic. Of course, you know our main rule, there are no rules at all! If you think that would be more appropriate, then by all means go for it! Whatever you think will look best for your space.
It’s Main Purpose
Of course, the main purpose of our non-glare is to diffuse sunlight that hits it, which would make your artwork more viewable if it’s near a window. This acrylic cover will also protect against some UV light that can be harmful to your art.
Our non-glare acrylic has all of the clarity, impact resistance, and ultraviolet protection of our Clear Acrylic, but with a very fine matted coating which elegantly diffuses light and reduces reflections.
The Glaring Differences
In the end, our clear and non-glare covers are both great, but each serves different purposes. It all comes down to personal preference. So, which is better for your framing project? Consider where you will be hanging your frame, what style of picture you are hanging, the colors of your photo, and if you want to add matting or not.
For our non-glare acrylic, though, just remember a few things, and you’ll be on the path to framing success:
- The non-glare is more expensive than our clear acrylic but by very little.
- It has a translucent coating to diffuse the glare, and it’s best when art is pressed up against the acrylic as close as possible. This is why we don’t recommend matting for our non-glare acrylic.
- It’s great for black and white prints, or any art with muted colors.
Have any questions or a finished piece that looks great with non-glare acrylic? Reach out to us! We’d love to see the final product or answer any questions that you have.