I have recently purchased the equipment necessary to do my own mounting and matting of my black and white prints rather than paying someone else to do it.
I am stuck on the subject of whether or not to hinge my overmats to the board that the photograph is mounted on. I purchased some water activated linen hinging tape from Light Impressions. I had the impression that if the overmat was damaged, I could easily remove the hinge by re-applying water. I tried a test on a some scraps of mat board. The hinge tape came off, but left a real mess on the mount board. In attempting to clean off the mess, I damaged the mount board. This leaves me questioning whether I want to hinge my overmats.
I see that Light Impressions also sells water activated paper tape which it says is not recommended for hinging and also a plastic type tape which it says is removeable without damage, by applying heat.
My questions for the forum are: Do you hinge your overmats? If you do hinge, what type of hinge tape do you use? What is the general expectation regarding hinging of overmats by purchasers, galleries, etc?