We love acrylic!
We use it in both the display and graphic world.
Some of the main reasons we use it are:
- It is completely customizable to your look, feel, and needs
- Allows for full facing of merchandise and graphics
- Lighter weight, less expensive, and safer than glass
- Available in many colors and finishes
- Can be printed on directly, etched and edge lit
Tips for choosing and caring for acrylic:
- Finish – Acrylic can be prepared with anti-glare, anti-static, abrasion resistant, and UV shielded protectants. Each option adds additional cost and, although clear, may result in a slightly altered color output. Think about the amount of ambient and direct light in your environment before choosing.
- Shipping – Although lightweight, shipping acrylic is not easy. Their sleek surfaces make them mobile and unpredictable once packaged. Get ready to use plenty of fill to protect against scratching and hard impacts.
- Climate – Damage from cold is the #1 issue with acrylic, specifically those constructed from multiple pieces and bound by adhesive. In temperatures below freezing, it becomes brittle and increasingly susceptible to breakage. Add a sharp shock and even the most well designed and well-built display can come quickly apart. If shipping to cold weather locations, containers need to be over-packed, over-secured, and handled with care. Shipping on pallets with tightly secured straps is the best way to go.
- Installation – Acrylic will expand and contract at a factor of about 8 times that of glass. While that may seem insignificant, extra clearance around mounting hardware edges is imperative to avoid waves and bowing.
- Care – Incorrect cleaning is the #2 cause for damaged acrylic pieces. To clean, use a microfiber cloth with warm soapy water – never use commercial detergents like Windex or abrasive materials like a paper towel. If you absolutely need a deeper cleaner, we recommend Novus #1 or Brillianize.
If you’d like to know more about acrylic options or a care sheet, we’d be happy to help…just ask!