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  1. #1

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    Kraft Paper or Acid-Free Backing Paper?

    Would it be wrong of me to use good, old Kraft paper to cover the back of my frames instead of acid-free frame backing paper? I already process my prints using archival techniques and use conservation type dry mount tissue, foam board, and mat board. I don't foresee my photographs hanging in any museum (except my own). For me taking the picture, making the print, and framing it myself is a hobby. I do occasionally give away framed prints to friends, and I can see one day selling a framed print or two to those willing to pay (not my raison d'etre). I do worry that the prints will last for them.
    Bob Walberg

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  2. #2

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    Kraft paper is made with an acidic sulfite process and I certainly wouldn't use it for your stated application.

  3. #3

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    That was how it was done for decades and it sure ruined a lot of prints. It's OK as a dust barrier only
    if you have a true acid barrier between the print mount and the acidic paper - for example, acid free
    foamboard or, at a minimum, some inert sheet plastic.



 

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