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    Loss of gloss after dry mount press

    There is a substantial loss of gloss after putting FB paper through the dry mount press (does mat board have anything to do with this?). Is there any way to prevent it?

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    Do you mean you experience a loss of gloss when dry-mounting? Or are you talking about drying your wet prints in the press?

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    When using dry mount press to flatten FB prints after drying, not drying in dry mount press. Thanks.

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    I guess it might depend on the paper, or if the press temperature is way too high, but I've never personally had that happen to me and I use archival mat board in the press so that can't be the problem. One thing you might want to try is steaming your prints after flattening. This can increase the surface sheen, although usually not dramatically. It is generally used to compensate for sheen differences between batches of paper, and it also helps blend spotting dye.

    What is the temperature of the press? How long do you leave them in there?

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    Temperature is set to 200, and 30 seconds. Thanks.

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    It's just moisture affecting the surface, give the mounted print a really quick steam over a boiling kettle. Better still in futire dry the mount board well then the print in the press before dry mounting that's the professional way of mounting.

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    Sorry if this is confusing, but I should point out that I am flattening prints, not dry mounting using a dry mount press. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwrules View Post
    Sorry if this is confusing, but I should point out that I am flattening prints, not dry mounting using a dry mount press. Thanks.
    OK, you need to flatten with a quick press to dry the print, may be 2 cycles between previously dried card before the longer flattening press,

    If the print still looses gloss just give quick steam, it'll be better than before the first press

    I've done this for 25 to 30 years with some prints, John Sexton's written about it in more recent years but it's a well known trick the steam remelts the surface gelatin supercoat reviving and usually giving a better gloss.

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    Thanks Ian. I'll try it.

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    What are you putting your prints to protect them while in the press? matte board? You should be using release paper or board. It's silicone impregnated paper that keeps it from sticking and keeps it clean.
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