Tru Vue introduces StaticShield™ Acrylic, expanding its collection of high-performance acrylic glazing to meet the fine art market’s aesthetic and conservation needs.
The new StaticShield Acrylic glazing is designed specifically to protect and display fragile artwork, including those with friable media. Friable media contain minimal binding agents, and without adequate protection, may separate from their support or crumble into a powdery form.
“Charcoals, pastels, artwork with delicate surfaces, lightweight papers, and textiles can be damaged by the static charge of many glazing products,” explains Julie Heath, Tru Vue’s museum and conservation liaison. “StaticShield provides a solution to this challenge. In addition to being anti-static and UV-filtering, it is abrasion-resistant, making it much easier to work with. At half the weight of glass, it is well suited for large works and structurally sensitive frames.”
A patented Tru Vue technology produces StaticShield Acrylic. A magnetron-sputtered anti-static coating is bonded to an abrasion-resistant, UV-filtering acrylic sheet at an atomic level. Standard sizes are offered in 48 by 96 inches (2438 by 1219 mm) with a 3.0 mm thickness, and 72 by 96 inches (3048 by 1829 mm) with a 4.5 mm thickness. Cut-to-size services are offered through Tru Vue’s authorized Fine Art Market distributors.
In a comparison test with conventional glazing materials, StaticShield Acrylic exceeds the anti-static protection qualities of both glass and acrylic. It immediately dissipates any buildup of static charge, such as occurs when glazing is cleaned.
StaticShield Acrylic filters 99% of harmful UV energy to preserve light-sensitive artwork. The conservation-grade UV protection meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916. In contrast to the typical yellow colorcast from conventional UV-filtering acrylics, StaticShield’s neutral transmitted color surpasses expectations.
Twenty times more abrasion-resistant than standard UV-filtering uncoated acrylic, StaticShield Acrylic maximizes durability and minimizes cleaning. It does not attract dust or lint, is shatter-resistant, and resists minor scratches in high traffic areas and traveling exhibits.
“Tru Vue has worked diligently to provide a wide range of glazing solutions for framing and display applications,” says Heath. In addition to StaticShield, Tru Vue’s collection of high-performance acrylic glazing includes Optium Museum Acrylic®, Conservation Clear® Acrylic, and Conservation Reflection Control® Acrylic.
Tru Vue will be exhibiting its collection of high-performance acrylic glazing at:
* AICCM Book, Paper and the Photographic Materials Symposium, Aug. 29-31, in the State Library of Queensland, Australia;
* IIC Congress 2012 - Decorative Conservation and Applied Arts, Sept. 10-14, in Vienna, Austria; and
* Museums Association Exhibition, booth #18, Nov. 8-9, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
For more information on Tru Vue and to request a sample demonstration of StaticShield Acrylic, visit http://www.tru-vue.com/museums.
About Tru Vue, Inc.
Tru Vue manufactures high-performance glazing products for the custom picture frame and museum markets. Tru Vue is a leader in both UV protection, as well as anti-reflective and specialty glazing products for these markets. The company is located in McCook, Illinois, and in Faribault, Minnesota, and is part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc.