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Protection from UV / daylight

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Protection from UV / daylight

Postby Taffius » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:10 am

Hi all,
Finding this forum great for ideas and advice. More queries!
When displaying items, how do you guys de-risk fading / yellowing from UV or daylight when items are on display?

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby Clarkspie&chips » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:44 am

Curtains are best but if that's not practical then you can line your windows with a UV resistant film. It's pretty cheap to pick up from eBay but if you don't follow the instructions a total bastard to install!

Also invest in some GW Acrylic cases as they're 90% UV resistant too.

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby subzero » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:09 am

Yep GW Acrylic cases are UV protective so in those your carded figures will be fine, but for everything else you display make sure to keep them in a room in your house where the windows are facing away from the sun if that's possible, or if not then choose an area of the room where the sun does not reach, but be mindful as the year goes on as the suns position changes. In previous years iv'e put collectables on shelves early in the year thinking they're fine then one day look at my collection several months later going into summer and the sun is directly beaming down on them.
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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby theforceuk » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:28 am

Personally I would not leave anything vintage Star Wars in direct sunlight, not even MOC in any UV protected case. No matter how well the UV protection is direct sunlight will fade the print on a MOC over time, absolutely no doubt what so ever.

As has already been said curtains are the best in a north facing room if possible and even if you think the sun never shines on your collection and you have curtains in that room draw them when you go on holiday or when you go out for the day.

I’ve got MOCs which have slowly faded over decades and have now blocked up a window I’m so paranoid about it.
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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby peekaygee73 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:36 am

Blackout vertical blinds (or even better, uv-protection blinds) are also good. I have these in my room permanently angled so that daylight doesn't get onto my collection. Not as cheap as film but a damn sight easier to install, and cheaper than having your house moved or window bricked up.

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby Mini99 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:30 am

Another thing thing to bear in mind is moisture.
Ensure that there is sufficient ventilation and that the room does not suffer from large temp changes.

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby Snaketibe » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:01 pm

And if the ventilation is a problem, invest in a dehumidifier. In a well ventilated location they're probably overkill, but in a poorly ventilated one they could make the difference between having a mouldy collection or not.

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby Taffius » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:44 pm

Thanks all. Great advice. Already moved collection (gotta laugh = collection now 10! :lol: ) to a dark corner in the opposite end of house! More thought required to reducing light whilst still being able to view them!

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:35 pm

My stuff is all in boxes on top of the wardrobe, in the wardrobe, under the bed as I haven’t sorted out the necessary protection / and or convinced the wife that displaying it is a good idea.

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby Oracle » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:12 am

I've stored mine out of sunlight in boxes, some bubbles have yellowed whereas others have stayed clear, so I'm not sure that it is just UV exposure that causes the yellowing.

My guess is that original manufacture quality, UV exposure, as well as temperature of storage conditions may also have something to do with it.

The majority of my bubbles on cardbacks showing a Kenner logo are yellowed, whereas other bubbles I have are nice and clear.

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby choffialoopa » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:52 pm

Where do you buy these
"GW Acrylic cases"
?

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby SAVORY100 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:35 pm

http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=2191

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby Mini99 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:57 pm

choffialoopa wrote:Where do you buy these
"GW Acrylic cases"
?

And there’s the website:
http://www.gwacrylic.co.uk/store

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Re: Protection from UV / daylight

Postby itfciain » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:44 pm

SAVORY100 wrote:http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=2191

Iain can also supply 'plastic feet' if you drop him a PM


Iain does sell a lot of plastic feet for sure :lol:
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