Need some advice on UV protection of intarsia piece

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Blog entry by jfk4032 posted 11-16-2015 03:16 PM 1758 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m finally going to hang my Noah’s Ark piece in time for Thanksgiving so people can actually see it on a wall and not in the box I’ve been storing it in trying to keep it out of sunlight. My idea is to attach a sheet of flexible material underneath the backside wall cleat and have it run up over the top and back down covering the front side of the piece.

Once on the wall when you would want to view and or touch the piece you could roll the material up hanging from the bottom and I could use some strategically placed velcro to secure the rolled up material at the topside of the piece until it’s time to release it and it rolls down the front side of the piece and it’s covered up once again.

I made a few calls and clear plastic with UV protection didn’t seem to be on hand at some plastic distributors. Does anyone know of a good flexible rollable material that could do the trick here? If I can’t find a clear plastic to provide UV protection, I can always get sun block fabric material to use. Since you can easily roll it up to expose the piece, transparency isn’t a must. Looking for some ideas LJers.

If you want to see the original project post it’s here:


-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 04:16 PM

Frame shops sell glass with UV protection. You would need to shift to a lifting door rather than flexible material to allow access though.

There are marine varnishes that block UV that could be another option.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 04:32 PM

I have the same concern for my Intarsia projects and there is no easy answer. I decided to just display mine on walls at home and avoid very bright areas. Some people like Judy Roberts seems to use woods like cedar which do not fade. Others like Kathy Wise use lots of woods like you have. Some of the woods like holly you can use a light white wash over them.

I might take a look at some of the UV protective glass some of which claims 99% reduction. You could build a shadow box type frame.

Last thing….that is a beautiful Intarsia.

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 04:43 PM

Don’t know what type of finish you use, or if a uv protected finish might change the colors? You can buy poly used on exterior doors. Just some thoughts to add to the possibilities?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-17-2015 12:39 AM

I just did a little Google search for “UV blocking glass” and found a number of resources including museum glass to block UV.

I have used the film before, a number of years ago, for my car but I don’t believe you want that!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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