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Started by 12A54 , Apr 16 2018 12:41 PM

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#1 12A54

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:41 PM

I have a large number of framed items - citations, panoramic photos, artwork, medals, and insignia in regular and shadow-box frames.

 

I don't want to re-frame them all with UV glass but want to be able to display them worry-free from fading and damage in a windowed room.

 

There are clear window films that supposedly block UV rays and I wonder if that is a viable option that will allow me to display everything safely.

 

I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts or perspective on this.



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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:04 PM

Your other option would be to block the windows as I have done. While it may be nice to have some natural light, it usually is never good and the harmful UV will damage anything it lays upon.

 

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 06:30 PM

Does anyone have experience with using UV window film or know if it would be a good option?

(Blocking the windows completely is not in question, though I appreciate the suggestion.)

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:05 AM

Window film does work - however, most readily available filtering types will also gradually (if not somewhat rapidly) deteriorate with exposure to sunlight. UV exposure is a very pernicious environmental element for paper, wood, textile artifacts.

 

Heavy-duty industrial films are better, of course, than materials from DIY stores.

 

There is filtering film, and reflecting film (mylar).

 

I recommend reflecting window film, by far, as it "bounces" sunlight substantially back away from entering the window or other aperture.

 

 

 

Does anyone have experience with using UV window film or know if it would be a good option?

(Blocking the windows completely is not in question, though I appreciate the suggestion.)

 




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