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02-05-2020 12:45 AM

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Hey there. I am in the process of making a few picture frames and would like to use something other then glass for them. Our local hardware store has 1/8 inch Lexon type plastic in stock. Would this thickness be enough for these projects ? Right now the sizes are 8 X 10 that I will be making. All info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mike

-- MEL, Kansas


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#1 posted 02-05-2020 12:52 AM

I’ve used the same before and liked it although I suspect they may yellow with UV exposure over time. The thickness is fine. If you are making your own frames, just add that amount into your rabbet depth calculations.

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#2 posted 02-05-2020 01:10 AM

There is no reason to use lexan, or 1/8” thick.
I would find acrylic made for pictures with the non-glare surface.
The same site below also has the non-glare with the UV protection if you prefer it.
https://www.framedestination.com/framing-supplies/glass-and-acrylic/non-glare-acrylic.html
I’ve never used this site, just googled it to show the non glare option.

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#3 posted 02-05-2020 01:51 AM

One of my many projects have been completed using Leaxn.

Here is the latesthttp://.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 02-05-2020 02:18 AM

I saw similar comments directed to an expert Frame builder…

He said “Glass”! (emphatically)

Reason: “Plastic, etc. etc. Always seem to scratch very easily when cleaning… I will never use it again.”

Glass will NOT scratch like Plastic, etc.

Just what I saw…

INHO, don’t play around… use the best, GLASS, all the way.

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#5 posted 02-05-2020 05:28 AM

Thanks everyone for the replys so far. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 02-05-2020 05:50 AM



There is no reason to use lexan, or 1/8” thick.
I would find acrylic made for pictures with the non-glare surface.
The same site below also has the non-glare with the UV protection if you prefer it.
https://www.framedestination.com/framing-supplies/glass-and-acrylic/non-glare-acrylic.html
I ve never used this site, just googled it to show the non glare option.

- LeeRoyMan


+1 That’s what retail frame shops use.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 02-05-2020 06:49 AM

Call me an ignoramus as I always thought that all those plastic “glasses” were the same… All I know is it’s not glass.

OK, just had a 30 second education by looking at the labels on my stock… over the last 10 years I never read the propaganda on the covering paper and always referred to it as plastic.

I have stockpiles of,
  1. Acrylic sheets.
  2. Plexiglass.

No idea where Lexon fits, but I can at least comment on the above 2 which I have found interchangeable in my use.

I used it to make a cover for my old man’s bread sculpture. I found it was a breeze to laser cut and when I had to bevel it, found it was tablesaw friendly. The one thing over glass is that you can take off shaving and shape, bend with heat and bounce of the floor without the resultant wade in blood.

Furthermore, if you cock it up, you can easily resurect it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 02-05-2020 02:01 PM

In the long run you will be happier if you use the glass. There’s no comparison. You will start loosing clarity after a while with anything other than glass. Just my 2 cents.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 02-05-2020 04:28 PM

Plastic has static electricity that will attract every piece of dust in the house. Use glass, it’s cheaper.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#10 posted 02-05-2020 05:13 PM



Call me an ignoramus as I always thought that all those plastic “glasses” were the same… All I know is it s not glass.

OK, just had a 30 second education by looking at the labels on my stock… over the last 10 years I never read the propaganda on the covering paper and always referred to it as plastic.

I have stockpiles of,
  1. Acrylic sheets.
  2. Plexiglass.

No idea where Lexon fits, but I can at least comment on the above 2 which I have found interchangeable in my use.

I used it to make a cover for my old man s bread sculpture. I found it was a breeze to laser cut and when I had to bevel it, found it was tablesaw friendly. The one thing over glass is that you can take off shaving and shape, bend with heat and bounce of the floor without the resultant wade in blood.

Furthermore, if you cock it up, you can easily resurect it.

- LittleBlackDuck


Lexan is polycarbonate, almost unbreakable and easy to shape with heat. Acrylic is Plexiglas, much more brittle than polycarbonate.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#11 posted 02-05-2020 07:15 PM

And now considering the flammable characteristics polycarbonate will not sustain fire whereas other plastics will.
A consideration in electronics where guards are used and there is a risk of fire i.e. hi voltage equipment etc.

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 02-05-2020 07:17 PM

And now considering the flammable characteristics polycarbonate will not sustain fire whereas other plastics will.
A consideration in electronics where guards are used and there is a risk of fire i.e. hi voltage equipment etc.

Just add this to the other useless trivia Idribble

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 02-05-2020 07:32 PM

So I’ll just say upfront that my feedback is based on growing up with a father who made his living as a professional photographer.

Since you’re ultimately looking to use something for a picture frame, I too would recommend glass…unless there are other considerations such as being concerned about UV impacts on the photo over time or something wherein you might want to look at other options. If this is just for a photo frame, go with glass.

-- Matt - Colorado

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#14 posted 02-05-2020 09:24 PM

when I bought my first this past summer I found if you wanted UV/anti glare you could get 5 pieces of acrylic for the price of the same in glass.

11×14 I got 5 for 46. Glass is 47 by itself from frame destination. I agree glass would have been better but My frame was only OK in quality so I wasnt too worried.

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#15 posted 02-06-2020 12:15 AM


Lexan is polycarbonate, almost unbreakable and easy to shape with heat. Acrylic is Plexiglas, much more brittle than polycarbonate.
- Brawler

Thanks for the lesson Brawler... If only I could have avoided that dreaded reading of your feedback (I hate reading)... so now I stand as an ’amus (with an ”m’... only half an ignoramus).

So I ll just say upfront that my feedback is based on growing up with a father who made his living as a professional photographer.
- Fiver

I retract my 0.02c worth for the Fiver. For straight square cuts without the need to shape… you can’t beat glass (without breaking it).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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