Dry mounting color images

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by grunzweig photography, Oct 17, 1998.

  1. Help, dry mounting with seal press and colormount transfer paper a
    Kodak matt color image. I set my image between two matt boards and
    put it into my press at 185 deg f. The image was ruined it looks like
    some of the matt board transferred to the surface, or the surface was
    destroyed by the heat. Any clues? I could hinge the print to the
    overmatt, but would like to cut a floating matt. I do b&w mostly and
    never had this problem before.

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    thanks
     
  2. Hello Kenneth,

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    I have drymounted many color photos. I use the RC colormount
    tissue, (tacking iron first on top corners), to 3/16" foamcore,
    and sheath it between release paper (like a wax paper). This
    is then pressed (between 2 boards)at 200 F for about 20 seconds,
    max., then maybe another 15 seconds. Afterwards it should be put
    under a heavy "iron plate" to cool for several minutes. I use all
    this equipment at a local photo supply store. I cut my mattboard
    later, and hinge it to the top of the foamcore with gummed
    linen tape.

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    Good luck,

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    Phil Lau
     
  3. Ken,

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    My utmost sympathy. I did precisely what you did and ended up
    with precisely the same result - the oversheet stuck to the front of
    the colour print.

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    I indulged in an exploration of language...and then tried to
    recover the mess by dissolving the papaer off the front of the print.
    It did remove some but at the cost of ruining the surface of the
    print.

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    The cause was the moisture contained in the print and the
    oversheet before they went into the press. I mount mine out in the
    shed in the dead of winter and there is enough rain in the air to put
    moisture into both surfaces.

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    For the future I am going to dry the oversheet in the press for 5
    minutes before I start mounting todrive out all the moisture, and put
    the print and matt in my Nova print dryer for 5 minutes on low to do
    the same.

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    That and the fact that summer is coming and the inside of my shed
    gets to 48 degrees Celsius should dry things - including me - out
    thoroughly.

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    Dick Stein
     
  4. We drymount all of our exhibition photos and for the most part
    achieve excellent results. We use a Seal release paper (cat. #A492)
    they refer to as a protective overlay, sandwiching the print and
    mount tissue (generally Techmount TM2) between two sheets for 30-60
    seconds at 175-180 degrees. The print is then trimmed and mounted to
    3/16 foamboard for 60-90 seconds at the same temperature. The only
    problems we have experienced is with too much heat causing glazing or
    trying to use the release tissue for too long. I would guess that
    twenty to thirty 16x20 prints is about the useful life. Drymounting
    can be frustrating and we expect the odd mess but out of maybe 250
    images a year we manage to only destroy a few, normally courtesy of
    the heat or pushing the products beyond the useful life. Hope this
    helps. Kevin, Kevin Oke Photography
     

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