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Thread: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

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    Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Well I got good news last week, I will be the featured artist for a local gallery this month. I'm finishing up some framing and getting all my stuff ready.

    I've been searching for low-price frames and glass/acrylic. I am looking at americanframe and similar websites. At the 11x14 size, acrylic plexiglass is like $12 a sheet! What's with this, that seems kind of ridiculous to me. Isn't there somewhere where I can get a bulk rate for like 20 sheets at $5 each or so? I know it's treated and whatnot but it's still just acrylic, I can get UV glass at a local glass shop for less than that.
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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Since you don't give a thickness it's impossible to answer the question.

    Try McMaster-Carr at www.mcmaster.com

    Enter acrylic in the search box at upper left then click on UV-resistant. They probably don't have the sizes you want.

    Also try Precision Plastics in Beltsville Maryland. They have quite a large stock of stuff.
    I've done business with them for years. They'll cut any size you want from large stock sheets.

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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    glass breaks, that's why it's cheap.
    "it's impossible"
    I don't have an answer (I use americanframe for most stuff) but I'm pretty sure someone anyone who sells acrylic can get it in any thickness you'd need for a picture frame.

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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Thickness doesn't matter to me...anything around 3/16 is fine. I'll check out your suggestions Leigh.

    Regarding sizes, what kind of tool would easily cut this stuff? If I need to get large sheets and cut them down that's fine, if it's doable in a small apartment.

    I was under the impression acrylic was cheaper than glass??
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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Well to be fair looking at McMaster-Carr I see some UV "non-glare" plexi that, cut down to 11x14 sheets, would cost less than $6 a piece. That's less than half the price from americanframe AND if I can cut it to specific sizes will save me money as well by not having to order larger sizes when I need them. If I can get them cut for me before shipping likely I'll pay a bit more but still much less than $12 a sheet. And if I skimped and got the regular UV stuff it's only $3 a sheet.

    Is "TruVue" a retail moniker or a real superior piece of plexi? I'm guessing it's just a moniker for "UV resistant, non-glare plexi."
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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Don't ever use non-glare glass or plexi. The outer side is sort of frosted and makes the pictures look dull.

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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Shiu View Post
    Don't ever use non-glare glass or plexi. The outer side is sort of frosted and makes the pictures look dull.

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    I agree whole heartedly.

    Also this is a little cheaper on the acrylic and a great company to deal with. http://www.framedestination.com/acry...la1p300000000/

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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Interesting. I have never really seen a discussion about non-glare; I just assumed the best route was UV + non-glare. I'm happy to NOT spend the money if it's not a good idea. I do have some non-glare glass on one piece I've framed and it does not look "dull" at all. It just looks like there is no glass whatsoever...

    Thanks Roger for the link. I did actually see that site earlier while searching, and while cheaper than americanframe it is still 3x what it would cost to "cut my own" from UV plexi from McMaster-Carr. I emailed the other guys Leigh suggested to see what their price is. If pre-cut 11x14 sheets from them aren't too much more than the raw sheet price I'll get them pre-cut, otherwise I'll look into how to cut the stuff myself, unless that's unfeasible*.

    *It looks like a plexi "scoring" tool would be cheap and easy to score and then snap the plexiglass. Only trouble would be finding a suitably large area to do it. If I can solve that I might be ready to roll.
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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. I will look into Tru-Vue and their various options. As much as I would like to spend $$$ on the nicest framing products on the market I simply can't. I still firmly believe there are alternatives out there with possibly a better cost to performance ratio.
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    Re: Isn't there anywhere to buy acrylic with UV protection for less?

    You don't want to cut this stuff yourself. Static, cracked edges, and wasted material. When was the last time you framed with acrylic?

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