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    Hello all,

    We have been half-heartedly looking for this for a while without any luck. What I've seen used is some sort of fabric tape that wraps around the outer edge of a stretched canvas to cover the raw edges and/or staples. It's often black. We'd like to use this in floater frames when a painting's edges aren't pretty.

    The one time we had a piece come in with this treatment that also had contact info for the artist, I called the guy. He said he used hockey tape (!?!). Now, I have also seen this treatment in museums and on restored paintings. I know that the Guggenheim isn't using hockey tape.

    Is there a product designed for this purpose? What is it called? Are there other solutions that would accomplish the same thing without painting the edges?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    James
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    If you are really going to go this route, try black electrical tape, or black duct tape or black crepe tape. All of these will be black and of a tape type product.

    Personally, it looks really ugly and I would never do it, but knock yerself out!

    How about painting the edge black?
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    bookbinders tape

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    Do a search for a wrap with ribbon and mat strips on the G. I found a process with photos showing the thechnique. It works and looks good.

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    Gaffers tape. Looks like the 70's are back in style.
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    A really cheap and nasty solution some artists have used is to tack a thin timber lath, stained or painted black around the edges to hide the staples. I suppose it is half a rung above just wrapping it
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    If I wanted cheap and dirty, I'd just use hockey tape or paint. I'm looking for a serious solution like the one Ron posted. (Thanks Ron, I'll give that a try.) I know there is a good way to do this that doesn't involve electrical, gaffer's or hockey tape. Respected museums and conservators aren't using #### materials, and I've seen this from both of these.
    Thanks,
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    James,
    I just searched the forum and found the thread. Search "ribbon tape edging"

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    James,

    I think bookbinders tape was a serious answer. You could use an appropriate glue with that product.

    The one artist I had that used a ribbon around the outer edge (not tape) he secured it with staples, so obviously not the look you are looking for I would seriously think a bookbinders tape with a reversible glue is a step up.

    If the artist really wants the gallery wrapped look then the painting should flow over the edge, IMO. But I really can't see "showcasing" the edges of a canvas if the edges aren't worth looking at. A tight float frame (no "breathing space") or a simple cap frame comes to mind when the edges are not painted or are stapled.
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    Buy some Beva and black polyester film.
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