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Traditional archival hot press museum board
Cold press top mounting for a wide variety of materials
Cold press film lamination in glossy, lustre, and matt finishes
Museum box presentation
Face Mount to Plexi
Special Note Regarding Face Mounting: Lightside offers face mounting for c-print and some archival pigment print papers with a variety of presentation options including UV Protection, Non-Glare and Regular plexi in 1/8″ or 1/4″ thickness finished with either polished or sanded edges. We also back face-mounted prints with Aluminum, Dibond, Plexi and Sintra and can prepare wood or aluminum tube bracing for hanging and framing.
Please inquire directly for pricing on face mount projects.
Aluminum, Dibond, Gatorboard, Plexi (Acrylic Sheet) and Sintra
Top mounted Aluminum, Dibond, or Sintra and Face-mount to Plexi with Aluminum, Dibond and Sintra backing with wood and aluminum back brace options.
We also provide custom construction of domestic and international shipping crates
Acrylic sheet (Plexiglas)
Plexiglas is a brand name that has become synonymous with acrylic sheet material. Acrylic sheet substrates are totally smooth and are an excellent match for sheet adhesives and photographs. This material is used as a substrate for either face mounting or top mounting.
Aluminum is a smooth and rigid mounting material manufactured in a variety of thickness and surface treatments. Anodized aluminum provides a surface that is extremely smooth and also scratch and blemish free on both sides. We offer both .063 and 0.80 grade anodized material for mounting and framing use.
Dibond is a composite material made of two painted sheets of extremely thin aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core. It is considered to be the most rigid material commonly available on the market. Dibond will not bow or warp in large sizes and is nearly half the weight of aluminum. 3mm white material with black core is available up to 60 x 120 inches.
Face mounting refers to the method of using distortion free, optically clear adhesives to mount photographs “face in” directly against the surface of an acrylic substrate. The most popular materials are liquid silicone coating or pressure sensitive double sided sheet adhesives. Both methods maintain a PH 7 neutral rating.
Film over-lamination is an option used for the protection of photographs displayed without traditional framing and glazing. The materials combine pressure sensitive distortion free adhesives with an optically clear vinyl film and are applied directly to the face of the photograph. These materials have a PH 7 neutral rating and come in glossy, luster, and matt finishes. Luster is the most widely used as it is closest in appearance to the surface of a matt c-print.
Floating Braced pieces are designed to exhibit without frames. Often prints are presented trimmed flush with no borders but this method works well either way. The brace is affixed to the back of a substrate and inset from the outer edges so as not to be visible when viewing from the side, thus the piece literally appears to float off the hanging wall. This method provides freedom from the visual distractions of traditional framing and lends a feeling of modern, clutter-free lightness to the presentation.
Gator Board is a non-archival polystyrene core substrate that is lightweight and cost effective. It employs a synthetic wood fiber veneer, which makes it more rigid than foam core. Because if this verneer, gator board is not considered suitable for conservation framing.
Glazing is the industry standard term that refers to either glass or acrylic sheet material (plexiglas) when used in a picture frame.
Museum Board is produced using 100% acid and lignin free cotton fibers in a variety of options including 2, 4 and 8 ply weights. It is offered in a range of cool to warm shades of white and a neutral PH 7 or calcium carbonate buffered PH 8.5 version as well. When used as a mounting substrate it can be paired with archival hot press adhesive mounting tissue or cold press sheet adhesives. It is a first choice for fiber based silver gelatin photographs and an excellent option for heavier archival pigment paper. Museum board is also used as matting material and as an archival dust barrier for conservation framing.
Sintra is a lightweight substrate made from PVC material (polyvinyl chloride). It has a PH 7 neutral balance rating making it a cost effective archival solution for mounting archival pigment prints and matt surface photographs.
Sintra may show a bit of surface texture, however, which some may find unappealing for thin or glossy prints. Available in white or black, in 3mm and 6mm thicknesses as large as 78″x 120″
Substrate is the industry standard term that refers to any mounting board material. Aluminum, Dibond, museum board, sintra, etc. are all considered “substrates.”
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