Another Gum-Over Question

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  1. photomc

    photomc Member

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    for all you folks that do gumover plt/pld. When making prints with a black border all the way around, I don't have any issue with the gum layer showing (it is more or less hidden by that black border). But on the occasionaly print where I mask (crop) the negative and have only white space how do you get those gum layers down without a bit of the gum layer showing?

    Have one print that I worked on, and looks OK, but it seems that a very little bit of the gum layer found its way under the tape (paper texture allowed a bit of bleed I think) and the gum shows more like a rought edge than a nice smooth one. Was using the blue (quick release) painters tape to mask. Aside from cutting the negative to size, are there any other tricks you folks could share?

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    Mike,

    If I get some under the mask, I cover it with a piece of Rubylith when I expose, and it for all intents disappears in the wash. Did you do that?


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    Michael,

    Good question, and no I did not. That seems simple enough, since I have both Rubylith sheet and tape. To be honest, did not notice it until after I had exposed the gum layer. What you suggest makes perfect sense though.

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    Mike,

    OK, try that and I'm sure that unless you are having staining problems, it'll work for you.


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    Thanks again Michael, can not believe I did not think about that.