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    Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    I'm curious as to the methods used by members here regarding the mounting/matting of large, 40"+, inkjet prints. I care about archival permanence and display aesthetics. Do you dry mount, corner mount or hinge? Thanks.

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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    Brian,

    You might want to mention the type of paper that you are using. Fine art papers are typically hinged or corner mounted. You will get varying responses on photo type papers. Personally, I like my images on photo type papers (luster types) to be mounted flat. While I have mounted a few with PMA at that size, most of my work is smaller in size and PMA has worked fine for me. Jim

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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    We cold mount and in some cases face mount to plexi. We also have hot mounted but prefer the cold under pressure, much more consistent results.

    We are using an expensive material for this, Marketed by Drytac as having good archival ratings.

    With Ink jets I feel there is not issue of the mount or adhesive making problems before the inkjet fades.
    The humidity changes in each season gives too much warping or bubbling issues that not mounting these large pieces are a problem, looks great leaving the shop , but huge problem once the pieces are put in different climate conditions.

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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    Quote Originally Posted by bob carnie View Post
    With Ink jets I feel there is not issue of the mount or adhesive making problems before the inkjet fades.
    LOL

    I hinge, but then I'm also unhinged.

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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    Thanks for responding. I'm not yet settled on whether I'm using a matte or a pearl finished paper, or for that matter a rag versus an alpha cellulose. I like a bright white surface, very white, no yellow, so I'm leaning toward alpha cell. About 300 GSM minimum.

    Bob, cold mount is the least archival I believe. And doesn't face mount require a super glossy surface for proper adhesion? A paper like fuji crystal archive and not an inkjet paper? Or am I wrong? I'd love to be able to front plexi mount some images because the look is really cool and would serve some of my images well but I'm concerned about longevity.

    My concern with large prints like 40", 48" 60" is that corner mounts or hinges will allow sag. So I'm leaning towards dry mounting with Fusion 4000 or Buffermount.

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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    I can't imagine hinging a print that large. You will surely get wrinkling with changing humidity. I would dry mount.

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    I dry mount anything 16 x20 or larger, however I never print larger than 20x24.
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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    Ed and Kirk so what tissue do you use for dry mounting? And are there any issues with dry mounting an inkjet?

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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    For almost every size I do up to 42x62 I use the Coda press and Coda cold mount one.
    For large prints I mount on mighty core. The coda adhesive is acid free and archival and creates a barrier on non archival materials.

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    Re: Mounting Large Inkjet Prints

    To be honest I don't know what the tissue is. A long time back I bought a ton of it and re-boxed it. It is some kind of Seal tissue-the same I use for silver prints.
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