encapsulation layer on trulife acrylic image2 artisanhd“Sealing” a painting by adding a layer of acrylic is a common practice for canvas, metal and foam-board prints. The protective layer of acrylic prevents dust, UV light, and air contaminants from affecting the painting’s original luster – but is it necessary to add an encapsulation layer to your Trulife acrylic print? It’s already protected by acrylic, right?

The short answer is no, you don’t need a backing or encapsulation layer on an acrylic print. Quality acrylic prints will not suffer from ghosting (poor opacity levels) and are durable prints. However, adding an encapsulation layer on Trulife Acrylic prints or face-mounted acrylic prints is usually a good idea. Not only does it offer an additional layer of protection to your print, but it also adds opacity.

This becomes important when we are adding a museum-back (hidden floating frame) as it could create a darker line where the wooden frame touches the photo-print. Be it TruLife, standard 1/8” or 1/4” acrylic, encapsulation is a good call for any of these finishing options.

Adding An Encapsulation Layer On Trulife Acrylic Prints Add Maximum Protection

Protect your investment. Encapsulated prints at ArtisanHD will not only transform your artwork into gallery level works of art. The extra layer added will also offer complete protection for long-lasting, durable prints. So you can admire your prints with peace of mind.

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Encapsulation Benefits:

  • Lower cost for larger art – For larger pieces of art, it becomes more cost-effective to use encapsulation and can be cheaper than a standard acrylic print in the cost per square foot.
  • Museum-quality look – High-end acrylic prints in galleries and museums will often have an additional encapsulation layer, providing more protection from the elements and a unique look.
  • Long-lasting durability – Acrylic prints are already durable, the encapsulation layer adds even more protection from the elements.
  • Rigid, frameless finish – Encapsulated acrylic prints come ready to hang and the extra resiliency allows you to not use a frame to protect the print.

Encapsulation Options:

  • Dibond® white aluminum
  • 3mm Sintra
  • Opaque white vinyl

Looking for more information? Check out the related FAQ: Is there a handy guide to help me choose from all the art installation hanging systems ArtisanHD currently offers?