Pros and Cons of Acrylic for Framing

Many art galleries prefer artwork that is framed with acrylic. Acrylic is a type of glazing that can be used in place of glass for picture framing. It is often referred to by the brand name of Plexiglas. Frame Destination sells a high quality acrylic manufactured by Evonik under the brand name Acrylite®. Listed below are the pros and cons of acrylic.

Pros:

  • Shatterproof
  • Lightweight compared to glass
  • More optically pure than glass (no green tint)
  • Excellent thermal insulator

Cons:

  • Scratches easily
  • Will attract dust due to its static electric properties
  • Susceptible to bowing (not as stiff as glass)
  • More expensive than standard glass

We suggest that you weigh the pros and cons before deciding if acrylic is right for you. For instructions on how to clean acrylic please see our care guide here: Acrylic and Plexiglas Cleaning and Static Removal

References: “Caring for your art: A guide for artists, collectors, galleries and art institutions” by Jill Snyder.

About the author

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Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

7 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Acrylic for Framing”

  • James Ribniker

    I use acrylic for its safety. Broken glass is too much of a liability. I include care instructions for my buyers.

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  • Mark Rogers

    Good point James. Many galleries and museums will insist on acrylic for the same reason. ~Mark

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  • Harald Johnson

    That's right, Mark. Also for shipping. Sometimes acrylic is the only option. I've produced a lot of exhibitions with domestic and international shipping of finished framed and glazed pieces, and acrylic was the only acceptable way to manage it. Plus the weight factor.

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  • Don Karner

    I bought some acrylic from you a few years ago. Now I find when I go to use it, I can't remove the protective wrapper. Only part of it came off and now I don't know how to get the rest to come off without using some dangerous scraper or something.

    Any suggestions on what to use? Soap and water? Help.

    Don

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  • Mark Rogers

    Hi Don, Is the protective covering brown paper or blue or white plastic film?

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  • Kel

    I want to hang a painting mounted between two pieces of acylic, without a mat or frame. I'm wondering how to press the two pieces of acrylic together and what to use as a hanger.

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  • Mark Rogers

    Hi Kel, there are some clips that will hold smaller ones together and provide ties for wire, but larger ones are created with special metal standoffs that hold the acrylic together and stand it off from the wall. We hope to sell kits for this in the near future.

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