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How to Preserve and Protect Your Artwork: Glass or Acrylic?

Whether you're an artist, collector, or just someone who loves their artwork, taking care of it properly is key to ensuring it stays beautiful for years. When it comes to framing, choosing between glass and acrylic can make a big difference in how well your pieces are preserved. Here’s a a short guide to help you make the right choices and keep your artwork looking its best 🤗


Glass vs. Acrylic: Know Your Options


😎 Glass:

Glass has been the classic choice for framing because it’s clear and tough. Here’s what to consider:


  • Clear View: Offers excellent clarity, so your artwork looks sharp and vibrant.

  • Scratch-Resistant: Harder than acrylic, making it less likely to get scratched.

  • UV Protection: Some types of glass can protect your artwork from fading due to sunlight.


However, glass can be heavy and fragile, needing careful handling to avoid accidents. If you have children, our advice is to go for acrylic—trust us, it’s better to be safe than sorry! You don’t want to turn your living room into a modern art installation of shattered glass, right? 😅


🤓 Acrylic:

Acrylic, or sometimes known as Plexiglas or Perspex, has become popular for its lightweight and durability:


  • Lightweight: Much lighter than glass, which makes it easier to handle and safer for larger artworks.

  • Impact-Resistant: Less likely to break than glass, making it great for high-traffic areas or shipping artwork.

  • UV Protection: Many acrylic options come with built-in UV filters to keep your artwork safe from sun damage.


Acrylic can scratch more easily than glass, so you’ll need to be gentle when cleaning and moving it. We always suggest using a soft cloth, like a plush microfiber!


Tips for Keeping Your Artwork Safe


  1. Pick the Right Material: Choose glass or acrylic based on your artwork’s size, weight, and how much protection it needs.

  2. Use Conservation Materials: Frame your artwork with acid-free mats and backings to prevent damage over time.

  3. Handle with Care: When cleaning or moving framed artwork, support it from underneath to avoid putting pressure on the glass or acrylic.

  4. Keep it Out of Direct Sunlight: Display your artwork away from direct sunlight to prevent UV damage and keep colors vibrant.

  5. Regular Cleaning: Clean glass or acrylic with a soft cloth and a mild cleaner made for these materials. Avoid harsh cleaners or rough cloths that could scratch.

  6. Consider Framing Techniques: Floating your artwork or using spacers can help maintain airflow and prevent moisture buildup that could damage your artwork. (See image below)



Orange frame for a collage of a sun coming through
Box frame with spacers or floating frame

Wrapping Up 🎉


By understanding the differences between glass and acrylic and using these simple preservation techniques, you can protect your artwork and enjoy it for years to come. Whether you go for the clarity of glass or the durability of acrylic, each has its perks for keeping your artwork looking its best.


Take your time to decide what’s best for your artwork or simply send us a message in our Instagram @artlock.au or email us at hello@artlock.com.au



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