Tru Vue is the trusted leader in high performance glazing, providing solutions that enhance the clarity of fine art, whilst ensuring unparalleled protection – the perfect combination.

Merlin Frame Maker stocks both Tru Vue Museum Glass® & Tru Vue Optium Museum Acrylic®.

Tru Vue Museum Glass and Acrylic

TRU VUE Optium Museum Acrylic®

Tru Vue Optium Museum Acrylic® is the ultimate glazing product for fine art and conservation framing. This world leading acrylic product provides 99% UV protection to help protect against fading, whilst their proprietary coating process creates a near invisible surface. The Optium Museum Acrylic® is half the weight of glass and is shatter resistant.

Unlike many typical acrylic sheets, the Tru Vue Optium Acrylic® sheets perform very similar to glass, incorporating anti-static and anti-abrasion resistant features. This combination of visual clarity and phenomenal protection has led Tru Vue to become a leading provider of glazing to private art collectors, galleries, and museums around the world.

Main Applications

  • Framing or display cases for fine art collections.
  • Static sensitive materials including textiles, charcoals, pastels, oversized works, and irreplaceable works of art.
  • Shadowboxes for displaying objects including family heirlooms or personal mementos.
  • Framing for earthquake prone areas where shatter resistance is paramount.
  • Protecting works on public display or other high traffic areas.

Key Features

  • Virtually eliminates reflections
  • Blocks up to 99% OF uv rays
  • Optimal light transmission protects and brightens colours
  • Anti-static protection that immediately dissipates static
  • Durable hard coat protects against scratches
  • Shatter resistance safeguards against injury and damage to artwork
  • Cleans like glass – no special cleaners needed
  • Proprietary coatings are engineered for permanence

TRU VUE Museum Glass®

Tru Vue Museum Glass® is trusted by private art collectors, galleries and museums around the world. It effectively blocks up to 99% of UV rays, whilst its optically coated surface enables a virtually invisible finish and gives colourful works that extra punch of vibrancy they deserve. Our customers choose this product primarily for its excellent anti-reflective capabilities, which virtually removes those annoying reflective glares often associated with internal and external lighting.

Main Applications

  • Custom framing of original art works, limited edition prints, and shadowboxes to help protect items of sentimental or monetary value.
  • For framing and protecting valuable personal items such as diplomas, certificates, medals, and other irreplaceable items.
  • Framing of works that introduce vibrant colours and details which you want to view in their full glory.

Key Features

  • Virtually eliminates light causing reflections
  • Blocks up to 99% of UV rays
  • Optimal light transmission brightens colours
  • Enhanced surface improves durability and makes cleaning a breeze
  • Smoother surface helps remove ripple effect

Frequently asked questions

When should UV protection glass and acrylic be used?

UV light rays come from both indoor and outdoor light sources, which means any items on display are vulnerable to the damaging effects of UV rays. When framing works of monetary or sentimental value in particular, we highly recommend no expense spared when protecting against this damaging source. We stock and recommend Tru Vue specifically because it protects against up to 99% of harmful UV rays.

Despite its higher price point vs. standard glass and acrylic products, you may still wish to consider Tru Vue for posters or open edition prints if you truly anticipate keeping them for a considerable length of time. This is because they are more susceptible to UV light damage as the inks, paper and other materials used tend to be more likely to deteriorate quicker than those used in higher end reproductions.

Why is UV protection so important?

One of the biggest causes of damage to framed works is via UV rays, so the higher % level of protection, the less chance of damage being caused by this source. Works which are left unprotected will age and fade more rapidly.

Typical signs of UV damage include:

  • Colour loss, which can become very severe
  • The fabric or paper on which the work is displayed can become brittle
  • Photos in particular may show yellow stains or ghostly silver deposits rising to the surface

Once damage from light has occurred, it can never be reversed. For this reason we always advise clients who have works of monetary or sentimental value to ensure that they utilise effective UV ray protection. With protection against up to 99% of UV rays, Tru Vue is an excellent choice.

What other factors outside of UV light can contribute to damage?

Whilst UV light exposure is one major factor to deterioration, it is definitely not the only one. Other common factors to consider include:

  • Heat
  • Pollution
  • Humidity / Moisture
  • The quality of framing materials and the job performed

To minimize damage and deterioration to art works Merlin Frame Maker always recommends using conservation framing techniques and materials as well as proper display and care for your framed piece. You can speak to any of our framing specialists for free advice on the proper display and care guidelines for different types of works.

Care should be given when displaying your framed piece to avoid unnecessary exposure to light.  Since some light is required to enjoy and see your framed pieces, it is all the more important to reduce any damage from UV light, by using glazing with at least 97% UV protection. Hanging or displaying the piece in a controlled lighting environment with low humidity is recommended.

Does all UV filtering do the same job?

No, there is a distinct difference between UV filtering glazing and glazing that provides UV protection.  According to PPFA guidelines for framing works of art on paper, for glazing to be labeled as providing UV protection, it must block at least 97% of the UV rays in the 300 to 380 nanometer range.

The Tru Vue conservation grade glass and acrylic products offer this level of protection. In meeting this guideline of at least 97% uV protection, Tru Vue products are considered photo-safe, meeting ISO 18902 and passing ISO 18916.

What percent of UV rays are blocked by Tru Vue Conservation grade acrylic products?

Tru Vue® Conservation Grade acrylic products, including Optium Museum Acrylic® effectively blocks up to 99% of all harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays with its UV filtering technology.

Is the UV coating permanent?

Yes. Tru Vue manufactures its Conservation Grade glass products by applying an inorganic silica-based UV inhibiting coating to the glass surface. The UV coating is “baked” into the glass, producing a permanently bonded coating. Tru Vue Conservation Grade glass products have been field tested for over 20 years and do not delaminate or degrade over time.

Specific to acrylic products, Tru Vue does not apply a UV coating to its Conservation Grade acrylic products.  The UV protection is provided within the acrylic substrate and is permanent.

What about fluorescent light - is that harmful?

Yes, fluorescent light can be harmful – this applies to basically all light sources. Fluorescent lighting often tends to have a higher output in the UV range compared to incandescent lighting, but the most important factor is actually the overall brightness of the light source. To reduce light damage, you should avoid placing artwork near heavily sunlit windows or other bright sources of light.

My windows have UV coatings. Do I still need UV filtering glass or acrylic?

In our opinion – yes, you should still ensure works of monetary or sentimental value are protected with UV filtering glass or acrylic. This is because the sun is not the only harmful UV light source. Any light source, be it natural or artificial will have some of their components in the ultraviolet range, which means they can cause damage over time.

How does anti-reflective glass and acrylic reduce reflection?

Its magic, or rather science and clever technology working together. The thin film coatings on Tru Vue anti-reflective glass and acrylic helps to disrupt the energy contained in light waves. This causes them to flow out of sync. This disrupted wave pattern virtually eliminates all reflection from the surface.

What is non-glare glass and non-glare acrylic?

Non-glare picture framing glass is finished to diffuse reflected light. Non-glare acrylic is embossed to diffuse reflected light. Both processes also give the glass and acrylic surfaces a matte finish.

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