Taking Care of an Acrylic Frame

Acrylic - while ideal for almost every framing situation - has a reputation for being delicate. It’s for this reason that we, and many other retailers, ship out our frames with a thin plastic film to protect the surface during transit, which you should peel off once you receive your shipment of frames. It’s a snap to do and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be framing your photographs in no time… That is, until we roll out our print-and-frame option.
But in the meantime, roll up your sleeves and let’s do this!
Step 1: Gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Your frame
  • Flat-head screwdriver (we didn’t have one, so we’re using a wine bottle opener here)
  • Cleaning duster
  • Your art to be framed
Not pictured:
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Photo tape
Please do not use a paper towel or other abrasive cleaning cloths as they will likely scratch the acrylic. Learn more about acrylic here.
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Step 2: Flip the frame over so the acrylic side is down on a dust-free surface. If you want to be cautious, place a microfiber towel underneath the front of your frame. Using your tool of choice (we have a bottle opener here, but ideally a flathead screwdriver), gently lift the tabs on the back of the frame. Do not use your fingernails. It will hurt. Unless you’re the Hulk, which then, by all means, go for it.
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Step 3: Gently pop out the backing, face paper, and acrylic. Move the frame out of the way and flip the backing and everything over so that the front of the acrylic is staring up at you, on top of the face paper and backing.
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Step 4: Starting at one corner, start slowly peeling the plastic from the acrylic. We recommend holding down one corner with the microfiber towel and gently peeling the plastic back. Resist the urge to just pull it off quickly like a band-aid, as this will cause extreme static.
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Step 5: Wipe the acrylic front down with the towel and then flip over the pane. Though you were done? Fooled ya, because there’s another plastic film. Repeat step 4 on the backside of the acrylic. Remember this step! Otherwise, your art will look cloudy and sad.
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Step 6: Frame your photograph. Place the acrylic pane down into the frame, making sure to wipe off any stray pieces of dust. Add the frame mat (optional) and using tape, attach the top of your photograph securely to the back of the mat. This ensures that the print will not move in the frame. Add the frame back, close the tabs, and voilá, you’re done! Wipe down the front of your frame with the microfiber cloth.
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Easy right? Take your presentation a step further and finish your frame back. Totally optional, but a finished frame back and certificate of authenticity will take your photography to the next level.

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