How to reduce the glare on picture frames

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How to reduce the glare on picture frames
Anti-glare glass lets you display photographs near a window. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

All picture frames need glass to protect the object inside from deterioration. Regular glass does a great job of keeping moisture and dust away from prints, photographs and other keepsakes, but a special type of glass is needed if you have a problem with glare. This is common if you have picture frames on the wall of a conservatory or opposite a large window. Changing the glass in your frame is a simple process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Anti-glare glass

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the regular glass from the picture frame you want to display your artwork or photograph in. Measure the glass and write down the dimensions.

  2. 2

    Go to a professional frame shop and look at the range of anti-glare glass that is available. Regular clear glass does not protect against glare. Non-glare picture framing glass has a matt finish, which disperses light to reduce unwanted glare. Other types of anti-glare glass include conservation non-glare glass, which also disperses light and has the added benefit of blocking up to 99 per cent of ultraviolet light rays to protect pieces from fading, and museum glass, which has the highest anti-glare properties.

  3. 3

    Select the type of anti-glare glass that suits your requirements and budget.

  4. 4

    Order a piece of anti-glare glass in the size you require.

  5. 5

    Collect your glass from the shop when it is ready. Insert the glass carefully into the frame, wearing soft gloves so that you don't leave fingerprints. Put your artwork or photograph into the frame (with the mount board, if you are using one), then slot the back board of the frame into place and secure it. Hang your picture frame on the wall and enjoy looking at it without any glare.

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