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    T-Shirt Heat Press for Dry Mounting

    Hello,

    Can a heat press made for inscribing T-shirts be used for dry mounting prints?
    Finding a dedicated dry mount press locally is next to impossible, but there are lots of T-shirt presses around. They have a large enough surface, and a temperature adjustment feature. Would they work for mounting FB prints?

    Thanks.

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    It may be sufficient, modern tissue need less heat, you need to get two sheets of card to press between and warm them well first to dry them. Usually warm them & remove, a few times to let the steam/water vapour escape. And dry ther mount card as well.

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    Thanks, Ian. I think I'll try one out, then. I've found a relatively cheap one.

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    Hah this is the exact same question I asked here: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/8...re-prints.html . I think it might work.

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    If it works well, please report back. It could be a good, cheap alternative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    If it works well, please report back. It could be a good, cheap alternative.
    It's possible to use a domestic iron, I have and 40 years later the first images/mounts are still fine. It's not ideal but it worked.

    I'd suggest the OP (or anyone else) finding someone who has a T shirt heat press first and ask if he can try it for dry mounting (you go to it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    It's possible to use a domestic iron, I have and 40 years later the first images/mounts are still fine. It's not ideal but it worked.

    Ian
    I started doing the same thing about 30 years ago and they are all fine. I don't mount that many and they were limited to 8x10 prints. So far, my wife hasn't minded sharing her iron.
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    What's the best way to use a household iron? Admittedly, that's probably the cheapest way to get the job done.
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    I have used an iron too. I don't drymount anymore, but that was how I used to do it. Put watercolor paper over the print.

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    So, if I have an iron, a piece of watercolor paper, dry mount tissue and archival board, I'm in business, right? I'm new to any idea of mounting, but I figure if I want to use fibre paper at some point, I ought to learn.
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