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Photo sticks to glass in frame

greatdog 10 21 England
28 Dec 2010 4:07PM
When i put a gloss 6x4 photo printed from an online company in a glass photo frame sometimes i get a mark on the glass like the paper is not dry,i have tried many methods to make sure the glass is clean and dry but to no effect,what is this caused by and is it curable?

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whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 4:17PM
Always best with any print to make sure it doesn't touch the glass. Usually by having a mount. You can either buy these or buy a mount cutter & make your own.
28 Dec 2010 4:26PM
Hi, I was told by a photo framer its caused by the paper expanding as it gets warmer and/or by being taped into the mount to wrongly. He said he used as little tape as possible allowing the photo to expand outwards and not bulge and stick to the glass, I always follow these steps and it seems to work for me,
(also found with better quality paper when home printing, it doesn't tend to do it)
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 6:26PM
I always print on matt paper when the image is intended to go behind glass. The image may seem to miss some of the spark of gloss prints when seen at first, but they really come to life when put behind glass. The main advantage is that the image surface does not reflect - you can occasionally find that with gloss prints you get a lot of light bouncing between the print and the glass. whipspeed gives sound advice re: mounting the image - although its not clear from your post whether you've done this or not. If so Adrains advice about allowing your print to 'breathe' is a good one. I have always found the smooth surface of gloss prints encourages them to stick more - once they've stuck you end up with marks - its a similar principle to finger prints in that you get this with gloss, but not with matt papers.

So to sum up: if its going behind glass use matt prints; ensure you mount them; and when fixing the print to the mount don't stick down all the edges, but allow the print some room to breathe.


keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 6:43PM
Sounds like it does need mounting, if its mounted properly I don't know how that problem would occur.

If that is the case, this link with how to pictures might help, http://www.framedestination.com/picture_frame_mounting.html

And a sample ephotozine thread https://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/how-do-you-mount-your-prints---22262
29 Dec 2010 10:07AM
Hi Greatdog being a picture framer now for over 25 years I can tell you firstly these golden rules.
1/ Never put a photo directly behind glass, as this can ( not always )cause future issues with the photo sticking to the glass through humidity, thus ruining the photo, as it will eventually stick to the glass and be unremovable from it with out tearing it off.
2/Always place the photo behind a acid free mount as this will eliminate it contacting the glass in future.
3/ For photos placed behind a mount you can always stick it down first to prevent it going wavy in the future.
The only photos I would never stick down are those that are of monitory value like Signed Limited Edition prints, unless the customer specifically requested it.
Hope this info helps you and others reading this post in the future.Smile
5 Feb 2011 12:39PM
If you don't want to use a mount, I thought there was spray on the market you can use ?
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2011 12:55PM

Quote:If you don't want to use a mount, I thought there was spray on the market you can use ?

No idea about the spray, but all you would need to do is use some spacers to separate the pic from the glass. last time I did this some thin strips of mountboard did the job fine.
miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2011 1:58PM
Its prudent to let any print dry out properly before placing it in a frame. This may take several days for a print to properly dry.

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