Mounting Prints (For Sale)

wjastrow

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Gang,

I decided to see what the "world" (a very small corner of it) might think of my images and sent away for a selection of 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 prints and a set of mattes and backing board to present it on.

I should be clear: I plan to present the 5x7 and 8x10's in mattes, the 4x6 just on backing board alone. No frames.

My question is: What do I use to attach the prints to the backing board and mattes? I don't want to damage the print in case someone elects to change its setting.

Any thoughts?
 

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I never heard of it being frowned upon to adhere the mat to the backing. A local frameshop by me, (the owner has a b.a. in photography) always adheres the backing to the matted image with spray adhesive.
 

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i'm fairly certain that my degree will stand up with his. that said, matting is expensive material. adhesive ruins it. if a customer wanted to, at some point, mount it differently, he/she will have one heck of a mess in an attempt to tear apart the backing from the matt, potentially ruining the photo.

then again i don't frame things in quantities that people buy just because they match the furniture.
 

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I guess it depends on how you look at it. If I'm putting a print in a frame, I expect it to stay there. If someone want to reuse the matte for another print and it gets ruined, so be it.

Since I only frame, I don't have to worry about attaching the backing to the matte anyway. But I do tape the print to the matte. It makes it a lot easier to be sure the print lines up correctly.
 

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danalec99 said:
Does this adhesive spray fall in to the same category as well?

yes. if you've never used it to get an understanding of it, try it. i have both the 3m and elmer's products here, though i don't use them for framing or anything else that would be near a photograph. the chemicals from the spray will not only eventually eat away your matt board, but will also fade the photograph.
 

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