Now Offering Tru Vue Premium Acrylic For Face Mounting

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We are pleased to announce that we are now offering Tru Life acrylic from the leader and innovator in photo display conservation.  Tru Vue’s acrylic product offers a few enhancements over our standard clear cast acrylic that might be of interest you.

  • Anti-reflective.  In our testing we put it at about a 30% reduction in glare over standard acrylic.
  •  Scratch resistant.  It can still scratch, but not quite as easily.
  • Anti-static properties greatly reduces dust, therefore less cleaning of your acrylic art is needed.
  • 99% UV protection vs about 75% UV protection of regular acrylic.
  • Cleans like glass so can use regular glass cleaner (must be ammonia free).  Special acrylic cleaner should not be used.
  • Optical Coating – optimal clarity for truer color transmission and the greatest color neutrality.
  • Over 98% light transmission vs 92% of standard acrylic providing a touch more contrast and brightness.
 Currently, the Tru Life acrylic product is offered as custom and not yet available for ordering online.  Contact us today for a quote!  It’s about 10-15% more in price and only available in 1/8″ thickness, but we can do any size up to 96×48″.  You can see more about our acrylic face mounting process here.

Acrylic Prints: Is Non Glare A Good Option?

If you’ve done any research into acrylic photo mounting you’ve probably seen some discussion around the issue of regular vs non- glare acrylic and wondered what option was best for you, so we thought we’d spend a little time on the pros and cons of non-glare acrylic.

Pros:
Less glare of course!  That’s about it!

Cons:
(1) Diminished vibrancy of the image
(2) Color Cast
(3) Higher cost

It seems some people get overly concerned with the potential for glare.  Look around your home during the day and see how much glare is on your traditional glass framed art.  See it?  Had you every really noticed it before and if you did, did it really bother you?  Most will say no.  If it is a concern for you, proper lighting and strategically placed prints can help.  99.5% of our customers don’t inquire and don’t care about non-glare acrylic mounting.  The biggest disadvantage is the loss of vibrancy of your image which is a trade-off we personally wouldn’t make.  Some can even have a bit of a color cast to it.  It’s up to you though!  If you want non-glare acrylic we don’t provide it through our online system and don’t carry it in stock, but we can certainly provide a custom quote and order some for you.

UPDATE:  We have tested quite a few of the non-glare acrylic products out there over the years and never found one we were happy with due to the reasons above.  That is until now.  Keep in mind there is no acrylic that eliminates glare completely we’d recommend.  It’s best to just go with one of our products that don’t have an acrylic face (for example our bamboo, aluminum and dibond products offer a terrific look with no glare) if you want ZERO glare.  If you love the vibrancy of the acrylic, but want to minimize glare we recommend an anti-reflective acrylic.  You get the best of both worlds really – the vibrancy and reduced glare.  Our choice and recommendation is a product from Tru Vue called TruLife.  In addition to reducing glare around 30% (by our estimates), TruLife offers a bump up in UV protection (from 75% for our standard acrylic to about 99%), scratch resistance and anti-static properties to minimize dust.  You can order the TruLife acrylic for your face mounting over at our configuration page here. 

How Do I Clean My Acrylic Print?

 I get this questions a lot so thought I’d throw up a quick post.

The best way to clean your acrylic print is to wet a lint free, microfiber cloth with a product called Kleenmaster Brillianize or Novus #1 and then wipe the face of the print. This will not only clean the acrylic but will also polish the acrylic and help alleviate any finger print marks. Any other “normal” glass cleaners (such as Windex) tend to leave a film or streaks. In a pinch, you can also clean with isopropyl alcohol (do not use this often).

Plexiglass Wall Art For Your Home!

PlexiPerfect! Handmade, gallery ready prints that ship ready to hang on your wall.

PlexiPerfect! Handmade, gallery ready prints that ship ready to hang on your wall.

I don’t like to honk my own horn (ok, maybe just a little) but I think we’ve offered something rather unique here at BumbleJax. We have mastered the art of digital photo mounting. BumbleJax allows you to have your digital photo shown in a gallery ready format! Having your digital photo printed out on our high end, large format printer and then face mounted to one of our unique substrates will give you something special to hang on your wall. One of the substrates we offer is acrylic, also known as plexiglass. This is my personal favorite and is becoming a very popular format for displaying photos in galleries and museums. Choosing to have your print face mounted to acrylic will give your print a clarity and richness that just can’t be achieved with any other technique. Check out our site and let me know what you think, I would love your feedback and to answer any questions you might have.

Your fellow photo enthusiast,

Corey


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