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AR Plexi query


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Aug 12, 2000
Mansfield, Ohio
Any ideas how I can get hold of a few small pieces of AR plexi for a customer? I'm not exactly sure of the size yet, but it might be around 16" x 16".

It's nice to know AR plexi exists, but so far the only way I've discovered to get it is to order five huge (about 48" x 96") sheets in a box. :eek:

Jana, I don't mean to be insulting, but you know that Cyro Acrylite AR is abrasion-resistant, not anti-reflective, right? The designation can be confusing, since we all work with Tru-Vue products.

L-J used to carry it but, at least in our area, dropped it from the line. It's a very fine product. In my mind, it may be the ultimate glazing: UV filtering (98%, I think), nearly scratch-proof, shatter resistant, half the weight of glass and naturally water-white. It's easy to cut on a Fletcher wall-cutter, but storing 4x8 sheets is problematical.
The product that can be found at Maryland Glass
and Mirror and at Tru Vue, via Don Erlichman, is acrylic that is anti-reflective, anti-static, and can be had with or without UV filtration. It is quite expensive, but remarkable, since it has less static potential than glass.

Natural confusion here....TruVue AR is anti-reflective... Acrylite A/R is abrasion resistant.

I have a sample of the anti-reflective acrylic from Maryland Glass. The claim is that the coating dissipates static. The stock sheet from them is 41" x 71" available in OP-3 or standard.
Ask for Ernie.
It appears that I was the one that was confused. I assumed Jana was talking about the Cyro product.
Wow! Thanks for the help.
Anti-reflection is what I'm looking for. (Ron, I kinda remembered there was some terminology confusion about this product, but couldn't quite remember what it was. Thanks for jogging my memory.

I'll make some phone calls this afternoon and get back to the customer.
I was discussing the antireflective "static free" acrylic yesterday as an option for a large portrait going into a yacht being readied for commissioning. I haven't seen the product yet. How's the clarity and is it "static free"?
the P-99 is more closely comparable to the old "non-glare" or perhaps the finish on TruVue's reflection control products which rely on diffused reflected light to attain their non reflective nature. The anti-reflective acrylic has a coating on it akin to the original Denglas or TruVue's Museum Glass which absorbs the reflected light.
Using the coating sounds like a winner for most of my needs. Added bonus will be if it doesn't want to mate with every spec of dust in the air.
Sorry about the incomplete thought Steve. I was in the process of editing when one of those customers came in.
The word is that the coating on the anti-reflective acrylic also acts to dissipate static. With the particular challenges that a pastel will have aboard ship, you might want to consider getting up with Hugh and exploring the possibility of sealed frame technology. The Maryland Glass & Mirror Co. also has other glazing products that will provide greater protection than the acrylic can.
As Wally suggests, putting a portrait on a ship
is likely to ensure that it will encounter dangerously high humidity and if the ship is on
salt water, the air will be filled with chlorine
and sodium ions. The only way that this can be
done safely is with a highly sealed package that
is fitted with glass.
The static dissipating coating on the AR acrylic
is indium tin oxide. It is a technology that
was developed for use in clean rooms and was added
to this product when it was designed for use with
flat screen TV's.

Thanks Wally & Hugh. Kudos again to The Grumble. Great info sharing vehicle.

I haven't seen the actual art yet, only briefly discussed with the agent commissioning the yacht. I gather it is a family portrait about 50 x 50 inches. The agent didn't know how it was done. We both hope to see it next week. Agent's estimate of size is one reason I was considering the acrylic. Also, the piece will hang over the bed headboard in the owner's stateroom so I was a bit concerned about safety.

From what you said, Hugh, I probably should be looking in another direction. This yacht will be in a salt water environment. I'm sure she has an excellent air conditioning system, but proper sealing of the package will be essential. This is an area I must research. I know you have posted here on the subject so I will see if I can find your guidance. I shall pester you if I cannot.TKS. steve
Salt, sea, air . . .
Just visited the artwork I framed 11 years ago and gave to the Windspirit (our honeymoon ship). She's only a 440' four mast, and the picture is hung about 58' about the waterline.. . .
I expected to see the same as what we all would expect to see..... it wasn't. The buffered paper back was in perfect shape as was the appearance of the rag mat fillet and the silk mat. The photo (unmounted) was hanging flat and fine.
I think that there are times that we worry just a tiny bit to anally.....
As for the plex over the bed, absolutely.