Conservation Grade UV Protection

Leading authorities on preservation recommend using glazing that blocks at least 97% UV light.* Tru Vue conservation grade glazing products surpass this standard in providing up to 99% UV protection, the maximum level of protection available in the industry.


What factors cause damage to art, photographs and other personal keepsakes?

  • Indoor and outdoor UV light rays contribute to irreversible damage. Colors may fade and shift and the materials that make up the piece may become brittle or yellow.
  • UV protection reduces fading and other damage caused by UV light over time.
  • All light, not just UV light can be damaging. Heat, pollution, moisture, the materials that make up the piece, as well as poor quality framing materials, are all contributing factors.

How can you help your customers protect their framed pieces?

  • Help your customers preserve their framed pieces by selecting materials that meet conservation framing standards.
  • Recommend glazing with at least 97% UV protection to reduce the damaging effects of UV light.*
  • Educate your customers on the factors that cause damage.
  • Recommend displaying their framed pieces in a well controlled lighting environment.

*The International Organization for Standardization recommends using glazing that blocks at least 97% of UV energy. Image Permanence Institute Consumer Guide to Materials for Preservation Framing and Display of Images©2010, ISO 18902 Report ©2007

Technical Info:

  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time. Tru Vue uses a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating, which is “baked” into the glass substrate producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate


  • Glass should be handled with care.  To avoid injury cotton gloves should be worn.
  • Avoid dragging the lites of glass against one another when removing from the box.
  • Do not slide the lite of glass into place. Lift it up to adjust reposition.


  • Place a slip sheet or a non-slip matboard between the glass and the back of the wall cutter.
  • Do not score the UV coated side. The inkjet printing stating “this side faces artwork” indicates the UV coated side.
  • Place the lite of glass in the wall unit with UV coated side toward the wall, facing the slip sheet or matboard.
  • Keep the glass cutter clean of glass chips by brushing away fragments frequently with a horse hair brush.


All of Tru Vue glass products are clean and ready to use. If spot cleaning is needed use the following techniques:

  • Place the glass on a clean, non-abrasive surface for cleaning.
  • Use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the glass. Tru Vue recommends using a micro-fiber cloth.
  • Spray a small amount of ammonia-free cleaner onto the cloth. Spraying on the cloth will prevent overspray.
  • Press the cloth against the glass and clean in round, circular motions.