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    Choice of mount boards

    I'm getting ready to mount a number of prints and I'm curious to know what reasons one would mount prints to foamcore as opposed to regular mount board and vice versa. Since both can be archival, is it just a matter of taste?
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    well...
    There are differences in the "archival" qualities of each.... for example, I believe that all foam core is buffered, while there are lots of matt boards that dont need buffering (I'm sure someone will step up and explain the rationale for buffering..)

    BUT - there is also the different physical properties of each... foam core is more fagile, but lighter, also more likely to be gas permeable.. and I'm not sure which would wick water faster, or retain it longer, or stain/warp more given equal doses of humidity/liquid...

    Personaly, I prefer to mount on 4ply matt, and overmatt with the same thing. I think that for the cost, I feel a whole lot better about showing my work, it's just knowing that I didn't cut a corner, and that no one else will think I cut a corner.. and possibly raise questions about the sincerity of care for quality. Even though I often pinch pennies for lots of other things. ;.)

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    i tried some foam core for one project, and didn't like it at all.

    The prints are large , and the foam core is softer than regular board and the fiber didn't adhere to the core very well. A lot of rippling at the outer edge.

    Results; the end of that experience.

    We mount on 4ply board, using 8 ply for the window until the print is larger than 16x20.

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    I mount to 4ply board, and over mat around the print edge (1/2") with matching white 4ply board. Check out www.SuperiorArchivalMats.com and read the test done on mounting on Alpha Rag Artcare board. I suggest using the "White" 4ply. This is the best mat board in the whole world. Period.

    That website has it for sorta expensive, but you can find Artcare board at most framing stores for cheeper.

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    I see. So it seems 4ply board is what most photographers mount to, am I correct in assuming that?
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    4-ply white board is the most common, but more galleries are showing 8-ply these days. 8-ply is really beautiful stuff, but expensive and harder to cut.

    Unbuffered is more commonly used for color (because buffered board is unnecessary for color prints), buffered for B&W.

    There is lots of useful information on mounting and archival standards out there. Some leading resources online are palimpsest.stanford.edu, www.loc.gov, and wilhelm-research.com.
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    Lots of photographer will mount on a 2ply board, and overmat with a 4ply. It saves abit of space and also its 1/2 the cost for the mount.

    Personally, 2ply is too thin and flimsy for me...so 4ply mount, 4ply over mat.

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    4 ply with a 4 ply overmat and never anything but white. I use 100% museum quality rag from Light Impressions. Expensive but very nice mat board. I also dry mount because I like the photos to be flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McPhotoX
    Lots of photographer will mount on a 2ply board, and overmat with a 4ply. It saves abit of space and also its 1/2 the cost for the mount.

    Personally, 2ply is too thin and flimsy for me...so 4ply mount, 4ply over mat.
    Agree with this, except that for prints smaller than 8x10, find that the 2ply does work OK, with a 4 ply overmat. Anything larger and when I can afford it, much prefer the 4ply mount with 4ply over mat. They just look good...if I could afford the 8ply (and cut it) I would. If you can't afford the Artcare board at least go with the good boards from one of the other vendors like LI. A well mounted print adds to the overall appearance of a photo, but a poorly mounted one moves the focus from the print to the matting job....just my opinion though. Never really cared for the foamcore mounts, but that may just be me...makes a nice backing material when framing though.
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    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.
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