Using baking parchment as drymount release paper

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  1. Dante Stella

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    In a holy rush to get some new prints (Ilford MGIV warmtone DW) flat for mounting for a show, I borrowed a drymount press. But alas - I had none of the necessary silicone release paper - and none could be obtained on a weekend.

    What I discovered (through a lucky guess and testing on some prints that didn't make the cut) is that silicone-treated baking parchment works just as well (at about 1/10 the cost). It didn't mess up the gloss finish of the paper, which would have been a huge disaster. So at least one aspect of pressing has become more practical (and cheaper).

    In all fairness, though, I should attribute this discovery to the fact that the only place in my house capable of supporting a 16x20 Tecnal press was the kitchen counter above the drawer containing aluminum foil, wax paper and other similar products!

    Cheers and happy holidays!
    Dante
     
  2. David Brown

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    Thanks, Dante! I'm going to try this out soon ...:smile:


    Cheers,

    David
     
  3. Josef Guay

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    I used parchment paper as the release paper until I ruined some prints. The print had a mottled appearance; some parts had a very high gloss and other parts had a more matt appearance. This problem had never occured since I started using real release paper.
     
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    Hmmm ...
     
  5. lee

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    I am of the opinion that the best way to drymount prints is to use 2 pieces of clean matt board with the print and its drymount tissue and mount board sandwitched in between. I have not ever ruined a print using this method.

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    Are you talking about the same parchment paper?

    Baking parchment not parchment paper per se; it is a smooth-surfaced, silicone treated paper. It doesn't have a texture to it, and it didn't affect glossy paper (3 minutes @350 F). I was using "If you care" brand from Finland - unbleached.

    I use matt board on the bottom.

     
  7. Dante Stella

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    flattening only...

    This is flattening, not mounting.

     
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    for me I use the same method the print goes in between the two boards and then I close the press. My temp is sat for about 190F. The print stays in the press for about 30 sec and then is cooled in the room face down

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    I've used the same method as Lee for many years. It helps eliminate the small dents that come from trash on the plate.