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Do You Always Clean Acrylic?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by shayla, Mar 23, 2019.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Do you always clean acrylic after removing the protective cover? (Specifically, Museum acrylic, but feel free to chime in about any kind.) I know some folks don't clean new Museum glass (although we do).
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  2. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I clean Optium only when necessary. When you do have to clean in, be sure to use glass cleaner and not acrylic cleaner, because Optium has the same anti-reflection surface coatings as Museum Glass. Also, note that Optium, like Museum Glass, has no static charge.
  3. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    We always clean glass, but with most acrylic, I just roll off the coating and do the fitting. For times when acrylic does require cleaning, I've used Ultra Lite's Museum Glass and Acrylic cleaner. Does that seem good to you?
    I really hope this piece is perfect. Couple of years ago, we got a piece of Museum acrylic where the plastic coating had little 'rivers' of raised area, where it hadn't perfectly adhered to the surface. When we rolled it off,
    everywhere those unadhered places between cover and surface were, was a bluish line. No cleaner of ours would get it off. Finally, the only thing that worked was finger oil. (I suppose vegetable oil might?) It was tedious,
    as we had to smear it around, then once that was done, use the usual cleaner to remove the oil. We also had a piece last year with a few little flaws upon opening. This piece is going on an oversize black vintage print, and any flaws would be a no go.
  4. Corbin Dallas

    Corbin Dallas Grumbler in Training

    While I don't wash museum glass, I always clean Optium acrylic. For me, the process of removing the protective film has left little lines on the surface but they clean off easily.

    -eta- the lines/marks are very faint and can only be seen when looking closely from the perfect angle, but still.
  5. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    .............and that nice Mr Murphy says that that will be the precise angle the light will hit it in the customer's home:p
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  6. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    We usually polish regular and UV filtering acrylic with Brillianize to help with potential static issues and provide a slightly harder finish to the acrylic.
    The acrylic is usually clean since where we buy it turns it quickly and we don't get old inventory. If the stock has to sit in a warehouse through the Florida summer, the mask is much more difficult to remove, and cleaning becomes more necessary.
    We also prefer the paper mask. In our experience there is less surface damage to the acrylic that has the paper vs. plastic mask.
    Rarely if ever have to clean Optium, though we may have to get a stray fingerprint now and again. Ultra Lite and a brand new microfiber towel.
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  7. monkey

    monkey CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    With Optimum Acrylic I only clean if necessary. I also remember reading somewhere from Tru Vue where they recommend spot cleaning the Optimum Acrylic.

    Acrylic with paper mask I always clean because it leaves behind a residue where as the plastic mask does not. But I usefully clean the acrylic after I remove the masking to reduce the static charge.
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  8. KurtEW1988

    KurtEW1988 True Grumbler

    I have always cleaned the film before removing it with glass cleaner. It has always helped with less static and less to no lent/debris. Then I peel the film off without touching the acrylic so I don’t have to clean the glass. That method works really well.
  9. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    We always rub the outer film down with a cloth, but it didn't occur to me to clean it for static abatement. That sounds smart.

    With conservation clear acrylic, I only spot clean, (and then rarely). With this big piece of Museum, I started with that plan, but the surface of the acrylic had a thin film of stuff all over it. Super easy to see on a black background, so I cleaned the entire piece. It sure did take awhile. I had strips of kraft paper laid on it, so as not to overspray, and went in sections. There were still a few little misty blue marks that had to be rubbed out with finger oil, but not so bad as the one from last year. (You'd think that, for as much money as this costs, it would be perfect). It was a bear, but we got it done. When we delivered, I told our customer about the machine that makes it, the spinning rods, the zapping of the metals. She thought it was pretty cool.
  10. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Did I ever mention that I HATE ACRYLIC for all the reasons laid out in the above posts? The only thing no-one has mentioned yet is the wretched scratches which appear magically as soon as the protective paper comes off.

  11. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    I would ask if a G with 8 R's is GREAT, but am guessing you'd not agree. Remember when they came out with scratch resistant conservation clear acrylic? The protective cover would separate into paper bits and plastic bits, and didn't want to peel off the acrylic. It was a nightmare, and no surprise that they discontinued. I with they could remake it with cover removal.
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