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dry mount press

jim rooney , Mar 16, 2009; 05:30 p.m.

i am interested in the possibility of dry mounting inkjet printed photos (pigment not dye).
does anyone know of a reason that a dry mount press cannot be used for inkjet prints? if they can't be mounted by a dry mount press, then how is it done?


Godfrey DiGiorgi , Mar 16, 2009; 05:42 p.m.

Some papers and inks may not take kindly to the heating involved with a dry mount press.

Since it's been more than 25 years since I dry mounted anything, I can't tell you what does or doesn't work ... and recommend that you experiment and report your findings.


Rich Simmons , Mar 16, 2009; 06:18 p.m.

You can do a dry mount without heat using double sided adhesive, but you still have a problem with a print that can smudge unless you cover it. I use GBC artic mount.

Rick Donnelly , Mar 16, 2009; 07:26 p.m.

Heat is definitely not recommended for mounting inkjet prints. I researched this approach a while back and found problems with color shifts. The potential long-term problems it might cause are still an unknown. You might try some of the adhesive based dry mounts - see Light Impression's site for some options.
I've concluded that generally speaking, dry mount is not really needed for today's inkjet prints, as you can now choose from heavy papers that give the substantial feel and flatness dry mounting used to offer to silver printing, and other, newer mounting methods can provide the same classic effect. You can also use these newer methods on larger prints than were practical with a dry mount press.

Phil B , Mar 16, 2009; 08:29 p.m.

See Michael Axel's post from last week linking to the National Park Service's guide to mounting and matting.

Michael Axel , Mar 16, 2009; 09:15 p.m.

I have some very good friends who are print collectors and curators at museums, and they all use a hinge mount now; and so do I.

Alan Goldhammer , Mar 17, 2009; 11:57 a.m.

As has been pointed out inkjet prints come out flat and don't pose the same issues as wet chemistry processed prints. I use archival photo corners to mount (either polypropylene or mylar are fine for this purpose) on 2 ply conservation board with the overmat of 4 ply. Corner mounts come in different sizes depending on the size of your print. If you are just going to mount and not frame, hinge mounting may be a better option as Michael notes above. this probably also applies if you are mounting a very large print.

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