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Mounting pictures on boards

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 4:36PM
I currently mount pictures onto 20" by 16" card boards by using 3M photo mount spray. The pictures are usually a4 size. I'm mounting them for submission in my camara club competitions. Is there an alternative to using spray? Its expensive at about 6.00 for 200ml and messy. Is there an adhesive that I can simply brush over the back of the prints?


keithh 17 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
2 Jan 2008 4:43PM
What about using 3M's Exhibition Mount Tape, which is what it's for...or even one of those double sided roll on tape dispensers. With those at least, you can re-position.
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 4:44PM
You can use the 3M PMA sheet which comes in a roll here for example

edited my suggestion re: wall-paper adhesive as I just spotted you weren't flush mounting but putting A4 prints onto a 16x20 backing - you wouldn't want nasty adhesive edge bleed - yuk! Smile
dontforgetme 17 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 5:18PM
dcash29 15 2.4k England
2 Jan 2008 5:29PM
I mount 16x12 onto 20x16 board size. After cutting the mount i rule up (pencil line) the backing board using the mount cutter, then i stick double sided tape to the backing board and attach the picture.
Lastly i double side the mount to the back board. Now maybe its not the correct way but it works for me. Once your familiar with it, it only takes ten minutes for the complete job.
crox Junior Member 14 142
2 Jan 2008 6:00PM
I would deffinatley invest in a Bevel Mount Cutter. You can buy the good Solo Longridge System for under 100. It is also very cost effective as you can use the cut out for mounting smaller photos.

Maybe it was me but I had all sorts of problems double sided tape mounting directly onto mount board, as the board expanded and contracted in different temperatures, humidiyty etc. the photographs rippled.
dcash29 15 2.4k England
2 Jan 2008 6:47PM
Maybe the board, i cant remember exactly what the weight is, its either 800 or 1200 Mic. With the rippling i guess it depends if you only stick top and bottom?
JohnHorne 16 1.0k
2 Jan 2008 7:59PM
There is some very useful advice on this thread.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 10:56PM
Thank's all.


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