Prints Behind Glass?

Having a print behind glass is a classic look, the light catches it and makes it gleam.  Photos under glass seem impregnable, but they can be subject to some issues.  Fortunately, with a little easy maintenance, you can prevent these problems before they occur.

Problem 1:  The Sun

Just like people, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause damage to pictures.  In the case of photos, this damage takes the form of discoloration and fading.
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Part of this picture was protected by the frame. You can see the effects longtime exposure to the sun had.
Once this problem starts to occur, it’s difficult to reverse the process.  The sooner you get the photo restored, the better your results will be.


Thankfully, there are a number of solutions to this problem.  Framers will have UV protective glass available.  It’s more expensive, but it does provide great protection against the damaging effects of the sun.


The other option is simple:  Move your pictures.  There will always be places in your home that will get more sun than others and photos in these areas will be prone to fading.  Shifting photos around so that one image isn’t constantly exposed to heavy sun will help preserve the integrity of your images.

Problem #2:  Stuck to the frame


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The crack in the glass was only part of the problem. The picture was actually stuck to the glass, making the restoration process far more complicated.
 One of the most common problems we hear about is an image being stuck to the glass.  Often times this occurs when a glass cleaner is sprayed directly on to the photo and seeps in behind, adhering the glass to the frame.
Occasionally, you get can get lucky and the image will pull free with a little effort, but when it’s well and truly stuck, there’s very little that can be done.  When faced with this, we will duplicate the image with the glass intact.  In worst case scenarios, there is nothing else that can be done, save to copy the photo and work from there.
With photos that were printed chemically, a little water can be applied.  The last part of the printing process is to rinse the print, so water will work fine.  Obviously this doesn’t apply to extremely old pictures.
As with the sun, the simplest solution is prevention.  Either use a dry dusting cloth on your photos, or, spray the cleaner on the cloth and then wipe the glass.  This minimizes the chance of liquid getting behind the frame and causing sticking.