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  • Care & Handling for Glass Products
  • Care & Handling for Acrylic Products
  • Care & Handling for Optium® & StaticShield®
  • Care & Handling for TruLife®

Care & Handling for Glass Products

Products include:

  • (UV) UltraVue® Laminated Glass
  • (UV) Museum Glass®
  • (UV) Conservation Reflection Control® Glass
  • (UV) Conservation Clear® Glass
  • AR Reflection-Free® Glass
  • UltraVue® Glass
  • Reflection Control® Glass
  • Premium Clear Glass

 

Handling

  • Glass should be handled with care. To avoid injury, cotton gloves should be worn.
  • Avoid dragging the lites of glass against one another when removing from the box.
  • Do not slide the lite of glass into place. Lift it up to adjust and reposition.

 

Cutting

General

  • Place a slip sheet or a non-slip matboard between the glass and the back of the wall cutter.
  • Keep the glass cutter clean of glass chips by brushing away fragments frequently with a horse hair brush.

For Museum Glass, Conservation Reflection Control Glass and Conservation Clear Glass:

  • Do not score the UV coated side. The inkjet printing stating “this side faces artwork” indicates the UV coated side.
  • Place the lite of glass in the wall unit with UV coated side toward the wall, facing the slip sheet or matboard.

For AR Reflection-Free Glass, UltraVue Glass, Reflection Control Glass and Premium Clear Glass:

  • Score either side

For UltraVue Laminated Glass:

  • Score first side with straight edge or T-square
  • Apply light, even pressure to snap/break
  • Turn the laminated glass over
  • Score directly over first side score with straight edge or T-square
  • Apply light, even pressure to snap/break
  • Heat score with small propane torch (OSHA recommends a hot air blower) along score until PVB interlayer softens
  • Cut PVB interlayer with a thin utility blade
  • Separate

 

Cleaning

  • All of Tru Vue glass products are clean and ready to use. If spot cleaning is needed use the following techniques:
  • Place the glass on a clean, non-abrasive surface for cleaning.
  • Use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the glass. Tru Vue recommends using a micro-fiber cloth.
  • Spray a small amount of ammonia-free cleaner onto the cloth. Spraying on the cloth will prevent overspray.
  • Press the cloth against the glass and clean in round, circular motions.

 

Storage

  • Avoid storing in areas where condensation might occur
  • Use 2-ply rag board or PH neutral paper for interleaf during storage.  Proper interleafing during storage enables reuse.

 

Shipping

  • Works glazed with UltraVue Laminated Glass need no film/glass skin when shipping.
  • Allow 24 hours for climatizing before exhibiting.  Condensation will leave water spots on the coatings.

Care & Handling for Acrylic Products

Products include:

  • (UV) Conservation Reflection Control® Acrylic
  • (UV) Conservation Clear® Acrylic
  • Reflection Control® Acrylic
  • Premium Clear Acrylic

 

Handling

  • Cotton gloves should be worn to minimize fingerprints and other particles.
  • Acrylic sheets are covered with a protective white poly film on each surface. This film prevents scratching during handling and cutting and should be left in place on the sheet as long as possible. To remove the film, start at one corner or side and roll the film on to a scrap cardboard core or on to itself. The film should never be exposed to excessive sunlight or outdoor conditions for extended periods of time.

 

Cutting

  • Place the acrylic sheet on a clean, dust free work area.
  • Cover the work table with a soft, clean, lint free felt.
  • Use a Multi-Material Cutter “scribe & break” method to cut the acrylic sheet.

 

Cleaning

 

For Conservation Clear® Acrylic and Premium Clear Acrylic

  • Use an acrylic cleaner and a clean damp cleaning cloth. Apply only light pressure, rinse with clean water, or a cleaner designed specifically for acrylic, and dry by blotting with a clean, damp cloth or chamois.
  • Do not use dry or gritty cloths, they may cause surface scratches and create a static electric charge on the surface.
  • Do not use glass cleaning sprays, kitchen scouring compounds or solvents such as acetone, gasoline, or lacquer to clean acrylic.

 

For Conservation Reflection Control® Acrylic and Reflection Control® Acrylic:
Dry method cleaning

  • Spot-clean any finger prints with the dry micro-fiber cloth by wiping in a soft, circular motion.

 

Alternative method of cleaning

  • Mild soap and water solution may be used if dry cleaning is not effective.
  • DO NOT use acrylic cleaners or polishing agents.
  • DO NOT use window cleaning sprays, kitchen scouring compounds, or solvents such as acetone, gasoline, or lacquer thinner to clean acrylic materials.

 

 

Removing Scratches

For Conservation Clear® Acrylic and Premium Clear Acrylic:

  • Fine scratches can be removed by hand polishing with a recommended acrylic polish or paste wax. Apply polish to a soft cloth and rub. When the scratches have disappeared, remove all residue and polish.

 

For Conservation Reflection Control® Acrylic and Reflection Control® Acrylic:

  • Do not hand polish or buff scratches in this product as it may cause damage to the sheet.

Care & Handling for Optium® & StaticShield®

Products include:

  • (UV) Optium Museum Acrylic®
  • (UV) StaticShield® Acrylic
  • Optium Acrylic®

 

Handling

  • Cotton gloves should be worn to minimize fingerprints and other particles.
  • Acrylic sheets are covered with a protective white poly film on each surface. This film prevents scratching during handling and cutting and should be left in place on the sheet as long as possible. To remove the film, start at one corner or side and roll the film on to a scrap cardboard core or on to itself. The film should never be exposed to excessive sunlight or outdoor conditions for extended periods of time.

 

When Shipping

  • If shipping framed pieces horizontally, be sure to accommodate for flexing of the sheet to avoid vibration or rubbing against the surface of the artwork.
  • Works glazed with acrylic need no film/glass skin when shipping.
  • Allow 24 hours for climatizing before exhibiting. Condensation will leave water spots on the coatings.

 

Storage

  • Avoid storing in areas where condensation might occur.
  • Use 2-ply rag board or pH neutral paper for interleaf during storage. Proper interleafing during storage enables reuse.
  • When storing vertically, lean acrylic sheets at an angle of approximately 10 degrees to prevent bowing.
  • The masking should never be exposed to excessive sunlight or outdoor conditions for extended periods of time.
  • If storing sheets horizontally, stack the larger sheets at the bottom to prevent bowing.
  • Acrylic sheet should not be stored near radiators, steam pipes, in direct sunlight, or near other heat sources as excessive heat tends to soften and deform the sheet.
  • Although acrylic glazing does not require a climate controlled environment for long-term storage, we recommend removing any protective film masking and use pH neutral paper to separate the parts.
  • Acrylic glazing is not effected by standard museum environments or normal warehouse temperatures, and can withstand extreme temperatures of minus 30 degrees F (-34 degrees C) to 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) when storing or shipping.
  • If storing framed pieces, please note that acrylic expands and contracts, so allow for size variation in frame systems.

 

Removing Scratches

  • Do not hand polish or buff scratches in this product as it may cause damage to the coating.
  • Abrasion-resistant properties prevent mild scratching, but not deep scratches.
  • Cuts by hard objects cannot be repaired.

 

Cutting

  • Leave the protective masking on the sheet when cutting.
  • Gauges up to 4.5mm can be cut with the same methods used to cut other acrylic or “plexi”, using a multi-material cutter “scribe and break” method. Score the sheet multiple times and then snap to break.
  • Gauges 6.0mm and above can be fabricated with a power saw and saw blade specifically designed to cut acrylic.
  • Optium Acrylic Glazing should NOT be cut with a laser. The extreme heat can cause crazing, which may lead to delamination of the coating.

 

Cleaning

Materials to Use

  • 2 Micro-fiber cloths — one for wet cleaning, one for drying. If micro-fiber cloths need to be laundered, do not use fabric softener.
  • Isopropyl alcohol.
  • Distilled water.
  • Gloves (optional).

Wet method cleaning

  • Mix water and isopropyl alcohol 1:1.
  • Spray on micro-fiber cloth.
  • Use cloth to clean glazing.
  • Optional: dry off with second cloth.

Dry method cleaning

  • Spot-clean any finger prints with the dry micro-fiber cloth by wiping in a soft, circular motion.

Alternative method of cleaning

  • Non-ammonia glass cleaner may be used to clean Optium Acrylic Glazing products.
  • DO NOT use acrylic cleaners or polishing agents.

Optional (for removal of all traces of P-tape residue)

  • Mix a couple drops of dish detergent with distilled water.
  • Use on micro-fiber cloth to clean surface of glazing.
  • Rinse with distilled water to ensure removal of any detergent residue and dry off with second cloth.

Care & Handling for TruLife®

Handling

  • TruLife™ is covered with a protective film masking on both sides, plus a product identification tape.
  • The product identification tape will be labeled with “PRINT/MOUNT TO OPPOSITE SIDE” to identify the printable/mountable side.
  • Do not remove the protective film or product identification tape before determining which side to print/mount.
  • Do not print/mount to the anti-reflective side (the side with the product identification tape).
  • To remove the masking, start at one corner and pull towards the opposite side of the sheet slowly and evenly without stopping.

 

Storage

  • Avoid storing in areas where condensation might occur.

 

Cutting

  • Do NOT attempt to cut TruLife™ Single Sided Anti-Reflective Acrylic with a laser. The extreme heat may cause crazing, which may lead to delamination of the coating.

 

Cleaning

  • Place the acrylic on a surface clear of debris and lint particles.
  • Spot-clean with a dry lint-free or micro-fiber cloth by wiping in a soft, circular motion.
  • When needed, use a non-ammonia glass cleaner or make cleaning solution by mixing 1 part water and 1 part isopropyl alcohol. Apply cleaner onto cloth and then wipe.
  • For removal of all traces of P-tape residue:  Mix a couple drops of dish detergent with distilled water.  Use on micro-fiber cloth to clean surface of glazing.  Rinse with distilled water to ensure removal of any detergent residue and dry off with second cloth.
  • Do NOT use an acrylic cleaner or polishing agent. Do NOT try to hand polish or buff scratches in this product as it may cause damage to the coating.
  • The masking should be left on the sheet during storage and fabrication to prevent damage. If the protective film masking has been removed, use 2-ply rag board or pH neutral paper for interleaf during storage. Proper interleafing during storage enables reuse.
  • If the acrylic sheets are stored vertically, care must be taken to avoid warping. Sheets must stand with an angle of no more than 10 degrees from the vertical and fully supported to prevent bowing or falling.
  • If storing sheets horizontally, stack the larger sheets at the bottom to prevent bowing.
  • Acrylic glazing is not affected by standard environments or normal warehouse temperatures, and can withstand extreme temperatures of minus 30 degrees F (-34 degrees C) to 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) when shipping. Excessive temperatures are not recommended for long-term storage.