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    Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Up until now I have ordered custom cut mats from Light Impressions. I am in the process of buying a Fletcher 2100 mat cutter and will need to order 32X40 inch sheets of mat board in 25 sheet packages. Any recommendations for quality 4 and 8 ply mat board at good prices would be much appreciated.

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    Ben

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Hopson View Post
    Up until now I have ordered custom cut mats from Light Impressions. I am in the process of buying a Fletcher 2100 mat cutter and will need to order 32X40 inch sheets of mat board in 25 sheet packages. Any recommendations for quality 4 and 8 ply mat board at good prices would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Ben
    Hi Ben,
    www.valleymoulding.com .Last time I paid arounf $26 8 ply Crescent rag mat 32x40. Hope this helps.

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Ben, I would suggest making an accessment of how many boards and other sundry mounting/matting products you might buy over a course of a year or so, and approach different companies and get price quotes based on that approximation. Savings can be substantial if you are able to order in sizable quantities (we order boards minimum quantities of 25, tapes and odds and ends in case quanties, etc.).

    I would also suggest getting prices from both local and national companies. Some items (ie: glass) cannot be easily shipped... and on some items (such as mounting boards) the shipping costs can eat up any savings you might find by ordering via internet.

    Most of our supplies are purchased through Cash Moulding Sales of Alabama.

    http://www.cashmoulding.com/

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    I've been using Archival Methods: http://www.archivalmethods.com/Produ...1&Productid=86

    Their pack of 15 32x40 4-ply Museum Board is $179.95. Everything I've received from them is well-packed. No dinged corners.

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Last time I bought my 100% rag mat at http://www.framingsupplies.com/index.html They had some great prices and you can combine 32x40 mat boards and archival foam core to fill a complete shipping box. So you can buy 25 mats or combine any number of mats with the equivalent width in foam core sheets to make sure you have a full shipping box. They pack the box with very thick and dense L-pieces that protect the corners and edges and everything arrived in pristine condition.

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Ben,

    I am not familiar with where you are, but you might try a frame supplier that you can drive to. Shipping is not only expensive these days, but the boards can get corner damaged. I no longer buy the boards in bulk, but when I did I used a local frame supplier. As long as I purchased the same color in boards of 25, they sold them to me prepackaged. Just my .02 cents worth.

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Thanks for all the input. Gives me a place to start looking.

    Ben

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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Quote Originally Posted by anchored View Post
    I would also suggest getting prices from both local and national companies. Some items (ie: glass) cannot be easily shipped... and on some items (such as mounting boards) the shipping costs can eat up any savings you might find by ordering via internet.
    I searched the internet high and low, and found that after figuring shipping, the local art supply store (Sarnoff's) could beat them all at just over $12 a sheet for 4-ply museum board with a 10% discount if you buy a full box (25 sheets) and no shipping charges.

    And it's nice to support a local business where I can always pick up a quick roll of linen tape, mat cutting blades, rag paper...
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    Re: Where do you buy your 32X40 mat board?

    Ben, you will love the Fletcher 2100! Be sure to order a squaring arm, you probably know that already. I purchased mine from United Mfg. about eight years ago; I think Jim mentioned them above.

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