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  1. #11

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    Sep 2004
    Plastic Cameras
    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    I've been drymounting my prints onto foam core and haven't had any problems with flatness. I attach my 4-ply matt over that with 3/4" ATG or "snot" tape because it keeps the matt flat against the print without any spaces in between. I've always been dissapointed when viewing someone's great print that has a warped matt attached only by hinged tape at the top. It may be the one of the most accepted "archival" methods but it often looks terrible and there's no guarentee that it won't warp once it's delivered to a different climate.
    The problem with drymounting to foamcore is you have to cut your window mat to go INTO the printed image. By drymounting, and triming the print edge off, you can leave a matching white border around the prints edge which looks really nice. If you did this with foam board, you would have a nice mat board, but then the glossy surface of the foam board under... and that would look very untasteful and tacky. Also, you cannot sign foamcore. Pencil just wipes off, or leaves a dent where you write, and pen will wipe off also.

    Form core is also too thick, so if your storing prints in a portfolio case, it takes up twice the thickness as normal mount board. That means you can only carry 1/2 the number of prints you could if you used proper mat board.

    Also, alot of foam core boards are not 100% archival and acid-free. Your prints would be better of mounted on Alpharag Artcare museum board, or similar.

    Light Impressions sell's both Westminster Board (which is more expensive then Alpharag, which is better!) and Exeter Board. The Exeter board is rather quite nice. The "Gallery White" looks very nice with cool tone prints, since it is a slight warm/pinkish.

    Ryan McIntosh

  2. #12
    DarkroomDan's Avatar
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    Oct 2003
    Enumclaw, WA USA
    Multi Format

    Choice of mount boards

    reading this thread I am starting to feel that the whole world is a tuxedo and I'm a pair of brown shoes.

    I use foam for most of my framed work. I use a 4-ply 100% cotton rag overmat and buffered foamcore backing. I do not dry mount my work - I use my press to flatten and, in the case of bromoil, to super dry. I use archival dots at the top corners of the print to secure it to the backing and four more to secure the overmat to the backing.

    I used to use the same mat board for backing and overmat but find that with the aluminum frames I use that the additional thickness of the foamcore provides a tighter, flatter fit.

    I should note that probably 80% of my prints 5x7 on 8x10 paper. This small size may account for my lack of problems with foamcore though I have a few larger prints mounted and framed at 20x24 with foamcore and have not noticed a problem.

    If I am going to present the work as matted with an overmat, I still use the same 4-ply for both.
    Daniel Williams
    Enumclaw WA USA

  3. #13
    Travis Nunn's Avatar
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    Jul 2005
    Henrico, Virginia USA
    Medium Format
    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill
    ...I've always been dissapointed when viewing someone's great print that has a warped matt attached only by hinged tape at the top...
    I've seen warped mats before, but I just figured it was cheap boards. Is this a common problem?
    Searching my way to perplexion

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