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Mouting paintings - acrylic

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Violinist, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. Violinist

    Violinist Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2006
    I just bought some acrylic paintings, and had glass put on the frames with a small spacer between the painting and the glass. I was afraid that the acrylic would be exposed and would somehow deteriorate. The problem is, I feel these are interesting pieces and the glass makes them posterish and debasses them. I almost never see art mounted with glass in front of it. What are your recommendations?
  2. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2003
    Unless you are hanging them in direct sunlight (which you shouldn't be doing in any case) or in a very dirty dusty environment, there is no need to use glazing on an acrylic painting. Watercolors are particularly delicate, so glazing may be in order here, but acrylics and laquered oils are quite durable and don't require glazing.
  3. Aaron

    Aaron Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Vancouver and ?
    Kai is right, most acrylics don't need any glass. If you're really worry about it I would take it to a professional framer (not those jobbies in the mall) and see what they say.

  4. designprofessor

    designprofessor Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    tornado alley
    Acrylics dry waterproof essentially. They will be fine without the glass. the only exception might be if they were painted very watery, as a kind of stain on canvas or paper.
  5. visionology

    visionology Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    I never use glass on my acrylics. I varnish them all with an acrylic varnish (matt, satin, or gloss) based on the painting. This seals the painting and protects somewhat against fading and gives an extra coat of protection. Acrylic is basically plastic so it is very durable as everyone said.

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