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Peter Schrager

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Anyone have any ideas for cold mounting my pop prints. Heat press will melt the emulsion
Thanks in advance
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Anyone have any ideas for cold mounting my pop prints. Heat press will melt the emulsion
Thanks in advance
Peter

Hi, Peter: Curious what you mean by melting - I have flattened my POPs (commercial variety) in the dry-mount press with no apparent problems and I could presumably dry mount them under same conditions using one of those low-temp tissues.

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I make my own POP paper so the melting point is around 105 degrees. just exploring cold temp mounting. Yes I have dry mounted the commercial paper with no problem
 

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I make my own POP paper so the melting point is around 105 degrees. just exploring cold temp mounting. Yes I have dry mounted the commercial paper with no problem

Understood.

I don't like to stick anything to the paper itself so I use corners (diy made from acid-free paper) and affix them with archival cloth tape.

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Depending on your requirements, the following mounting might be useful.

I have used Scotch 3M Photo Mount in spray cans for at least 30 years. You should experiment on prints of no significant value until you’re confident that you can do so correctly. I generally mount on Foam Core boards. I begin by laying out two adjacent edges with soft pencil and a combination square. Then I give a light coat to the board and the back of the print, wait about 5 minutes and align one edge of the print with its pencil reference line and the end of the print with the other line.

Then I lay the print onto the surface. I flip the print and board print-side-down and lay it on a clean, particle-free countertop or tabletop and press down in the center of the mounting board and wipe the palm of my hand outward at 12 o’clock, 10, 2, 9, 3, etc. until I’ve done this all around. When I then flip the board-and-print assembly face up, the print is permanently mounted and is perfectly flat. By applying pressure in this manner there are no “hills and valleys” in the surface of the print, such as might happen by pressing the print directly with your hand.

It's a bit tricky to do this because 3M Photo Mount is type of contact cement. If you make contact between the two surfaces in the wrong point, you won’t be able to lift up to print to reposition it without ruining the print and possibly spoiling that surface of the mount. I have successfully mounted prints up to 16” x 20” in this manner, both RC and FB. It’s also possible to make a less-than-permanent mount by only spraying a very light coat on the mount board only. Experimenting with prints of no great value will help you to figure out how to get the results you want. I buy 3M Photo Mount at the Michael’s arts & crafts store in my area.
 

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I have used spray on rubber cement, but shake the can well, start the spray off the print, move the spray quickly and evenly. Carefully line up the print with the matte so that it is placed properly the first time. If the print is not aligned correctly the first time, one can remove the print carefully with some luck.
 

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A few options to consider...

Easiest to use, works more-or-less like traditional dry mounting, except that the adhesive is pressure activated, not heat activated. I use a hard rubber brayer to apply pressure. I have used for medium size prints... generally 8x10 probably a few 11x14s:


Harder to use that above but it works if you are going to trim the mount to the same size as the print. This is like very sticky, double sided tape except it comes in sheets. You get one chance to stick things down... no repositioning possible. I have used this, again for medium sized prints, but I prefer the 3M stuff shown above:


This is very sticky double sided tape. I use this for tipping small photos (5x7 inches or smaller) into handmade books. by applying it around the edge of the photo and then a couple of strips in the middle. It works like the Grafix material above... one shot, no repositioning possible:

 

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I don't know why the link to the last product I mentioned did not appear.

However, if you search Amazon for "X-Press It High Tack Double Sided Tissue Tape" you'll find the product I mention.
 

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I have used spray on rubber cement, but shake the can well, start the spray off the print, move the spray quickly and evenly. Carefully line up the print with the matte so that it is placed properly the first time. If the print is not aligned correctly the first time, one can remove the print carefully with some luck.

I don't know why the link to the last product I mentioned did not appear.

However, if you search Amazon for "X-Press It High Tack Double Sided Tissue Tape" you'll find the product I mention.

I had forgotten that I have used the repositionable double sided tissue tape and that works very well.
 
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