designed & manufactured by acrylidex at our studio here in the uk
really useful acrylic facts
useful fact no1
Are acrylic and Perspex two different materials?
Honest answer - No!
You may know acrylic as Perspex, Plexiglas or Altuglas
These are all brand names for the same material, Acrylic.
In the same way Hoover is to vacuums.
useful fact no2
Is all acrylic the same?
Simple answer - NO!
acrylics vary in quality and in addition there are different types of acrylic.
For instance in our world there is cast acrylic and extruded acrylic.
These two whilst visually the same to the untrained eye are made using different processes.
Cast due to its manufacturing process is generally a bit more expensive & has a higher optical quality
Neither should ever be called plastic or PVC. These are different again!
Be sure to ask which you are being offered if dealing with other companies.
We only ever use cast acrylic in our frames - we prefer Perspex and Plexiglas (see fact no1 above)
useful fact no3
To UV or not UV!
An acrylic with UV resistant properties is always available as an option but you may wonder what the benefits are? Especially as it can be a bit more expensive than cast acrylic. The reasons are a bit scientific to explain but we will have a go! All acrylic will block out ultra violet rays in the lower end of the UV spectrum however these are not the ones adversely effecting artwork (or indeed your skin) in the way the rays at the top end of the spectrum do. The rays at the top end of the spectrum are more damaging. These are not blocked out using standard acrylics. If you wish to protect your artwork from any form of degeneration (such as fade) caused by UV light rays on the upper end of the UV spectrum then we recommend you use a UV retardant acrylic for framing
useful fact no4
How do you keep it clean?
You can clean acrylic with a good acrylic and anti static cleaner available at all good acrylic and anti static cleaner outlets!
useful fact no5
Dealing with Static?!
Acrylic is very static - just think of that jumper you had as a kid. If you are on a tight budget you do not need to buy an expensive static cleaner. If you follow cleaning tip (useful fact no3) it is simple. When cleaning your acrylic simply draw the soft lint free cloth in 1 direction across the whole frame as you finish. This will de-staticise the acrylic (remember the balloon on your acrylic jumper trick!
useful fact no6
Does acrylic scratch?
Of course it does! But it won't if you treat it with care.
So always bear that in mind when considering buying acrylic furniture.
useful fact no7
How to avoid scratches
never lean/lie your acrylic goodie against a wall or surface face down
never use a fibrous cloth, such as a duster, this will cause a patina over time
never use it as furniture unless it has been specially coated or you don't want to put anything on it!
never clean your acrylic goodies whilst wearing rings or metal watches
never use abrasive products on your acrylic goodie
we hope this is all really useful!