Depending on the size of your print and what you’re planning to do with it, it may be important to have us mount the print for you. We offer a number of mounting options, and a number of materials to choose from.
The most common type of mounting we do is dry mounting. For this type of mount, we use special presses (both vacuum and roller) to adhere your print onto a backing board. This ensures that your print stays flat, for example if you’re framing it and want to make sure the paper doesn’t curl under the glass. The backing board also protects the print to a greater or lesser degree against damage such as edge dings, creases, tears and punctures.
There are several types of backing board materials that we deal with regularly. These include
- mat boards (including Rising cotton rag boards),
- foam core (including Gilman Brothers MountCor and MountCor Canvas),
- aluminum composite sheet (including Dibond and PolyMetal),
- and aluminum.
For mounting adhesives, we use foam boards that are pre-treated with a conservation grade adhesive (such as with MountCor foam core boards). For other types of boards we use separate adhesive films, including Drytac Facemount, which is engineered to be an optically clear, long-term mounting film.