What to use to clean frame glass
I am mounting up a few photos and have noticed that I have the glass horribly dirty.
What would be the best thing to use to clean the glass, that will not effect the image behind it? I notice that Ilfotol has directions for cleaning the glass on the bottle. Would this be the safest thing to use?
Last edited by hoffy; 06-25-2009 at 09:11 AM. Click to view previous post history.
i worked at a frame shop for some time
and we used regular old glass cleaner ( like windex ).
we also blew the glass with compressed air, and wiped
the glass with newspaper.
have a clean cloth / towel to put the glass on .. clean one side, then the other.
make sure the glass is completely dry before putting your mat or print against it
or you will have problems ...
Screen wash is very good for cleaning dirty glass, it's cheap too.
OK, that straight forward? I just wanted to make sure that what ever I use doesn't deteriorate the picture behind the glass.
I once saw some black spacing material (long narrow strips) for use under the concealed edges of a frame between print and glass--this would be especially helpful with some pieces I don't plan on matting--do you have a name/source for the material I'm remembering?
Originally Posted by jnanian
Any help you could give would be appreciated.
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These are not black (or maybe you saw clear ones that looked black because of what they were in front of?) but must be basically what you are talking about:
Originally Posted by rternbach
is one source. Not cheap considering what they are (boils down to strips of plastic), but they can be cut to fit many frames, are convenient with the adhesive and are ph neutral for archivalality. I just made that word up.
I did some matt-less framing and used them, simply enough, they work (I'll take their word on the archival properties. I'll get back to you in twenty years if there are any issues!)
A quick web search shows some cheaper prices at less well-known suppliers.
To continue the above thought:
compares Econospace with FrameSpace. That site sells both and has a lot of info. FrameSpace comes in black.
Originally Posted by billbretz
Thanks! I'll get some. Saves a lot of trial and error with homemade solutions.
Windex does work just fine, but if the humidity is low (dunno about Adelaide; at my house it is often below 20% relative) make a final wipe with a barely damp cloth just before sandwiching the glass and mount. You don't want to trap ammonia, etc. in the assembly, but you don't want to capture every bit of lint in sight due to the electrostatic charge generated by wiping. This is particularly true if you use acrylic instead of glass. Windex, at least, is conductive enough to suppress the problem for a short time.
One other thing---in a dry room, an air hose and a piece of acrylic make a fine way to collect a sample of the dust in the environment. Don't ask me how I know this.....
Where lenses are concerned vacuuming is usally better than blowing to remove dust and isn't the framed glass a type of lens?
Originally Posted by greybeard