Text Instructions: Metal Picture Frame

This is a side-loading frame. That means that one side of the picture frame must be taken off. This allows the glazing, matting, and backboard to be removed so that the artwork can be mounted.

Remove the spring clips.

Remove the spring clips, which hold the frame contents against the front of the frame. Carefully remove the spring clips using a small screwdriver or awl to catch the cutout area on the end of each clip to gently remove it from under the frame. Be careful when removing them because they are spring-loaded and can pop up.

Remove one side of the frame.

Using a flat head screwdriver, loosen one screw in the corner mounts at both ends of the side you chose to remove.


The edges of the frame components can be sharp. It is recommended that you use gloves while handling them.

Remove the glazing.

Remove the glazing, mat and backboard from the frame.

Mount the picture.

Mount the picture to the mat or backboard with acid free hinging tissue or tape. We recommend the picture be mounted at just 2 or 3 (panoramic) points along the top. The picture and the mat or backboard will not expand and contract equally through temperature and humidity changes. This may cause waves to form in the picture if it is affixed too securely to the backboard or mat.

Wiping down the edges and covering of the acrylic.

Wiping down the edges and covering of the acrylic with a slightly damp cloth before removal will reduce static buildup. Plastic covering should peel right off, but paper covering comes off more easily by rolling it off using a cardboard tube. Make sure your work area is clean and free of dust. We leave the protective coating on during shipment to ensure the glazing arrives in perfect condition.


The acrylic glazing is sensitive to scratching. DO NOT USE window cleaning sprays, kitchen scouring compounds or solvents such as acetone, gasoline or lacquer thinner to clean it. Dry or gritty cloths may cause surface scratches. Soft, damp and lint free cleaning cloths such as a smooth microfiber cloth should be used with light pressure and clean water. Dry or dust with soft damp cloth or chamois.

Insert the glazing.

Insert the glazing, mat and backboard back into the frame and reassemble the side that was removed.

Replace the spring clips.

Replace the spring clips on each side of the frame. Larger frames are shipped with extra clips that you can install at this time. Spring clips can be left out if the gap is 1/16 inch or less.

Insert the hanging wire mounts.

Insert the hanging wire mounts into the appropriate sides of the frame. You may need to loosen the screw in the mount before you can insert it into the groove on the back of the frame. Tighten the screw on each mount to secure them in place.

Attach the hanging wire.

Attach the hanging wire to the wire mounts and tie it off.

Attach the wall corner protectors.

Attach the wall corner protectors to the two lower corners of the metal picture frame.

Hang your beautiful artwork and enjoy!