If you’ve ever gone down the rabbit hole of trying to figure out what all the various types of acrylic (otherwise known as plexiglass) are and what the differences are, then you know it can be overwhelming, to say the least. For most people, you won’t concern yourself with this and just trust that a high quality clear cast acrylic is going to be a great option for your acrylic face mount. This kind of acrylic is going to offer optically clear acrylic free of impurities and will offer UV protection. Our standard acrylic offers about 75% UV protection.
What if you want a few more bells and whistles in your acrylic? If you’re a pro photographer, a digital artist, painter or really anyone reselling, you might consider a premium acrylic option which can provide additional benefits such as reduced glare/reflection, more UV protection, scratch resistance and anti-static properties. This is where it gets confusing and difficult to decide on what to use. Many companies offer these upgrades in many combinations and the naming you often see is non-glare or anti-reflective. The non-glare or matte acrylic will at times eliminate glare/reflection almost completely but with big tradeoffs such as diminished vibrancy and image distortion. If you want to avoid glare completely with acrylic there isn’t any getting around those drawbacks. A better option is the best of both worlds where you get some reflection reduction without any decrease in vibrancy. We have tried a few of the acrylics out there in various combinations of upgrades and only found one we like, recommend and sell. That is the TruLife product from Tru Vue. Not only does it help reduce glare (up to 30% by our estimates), but the vibrancy remains, and you get the added bonus of being scratch resistant, anti-static (which diminishes dust) and more UV protection at 99%.
While the TruLife adds to the price and is only available in 1/8″, it may be just what you’re looking for. You can configure an order for your acrylic face mount with this option and many others over at our super simple upload and configure page.