Artcare Restore

CAframer

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When I first started using Artcare Restore (shortly after it first came out) I ran several tests to verify reversability ... all worked as advertised.

Recently I have had cause to try unmounting photos that have been mounted with Restore only to find them stubornly resisting. Could it be that the level of adhesion varies with the type of paper? Has anyone else encountered similar problems?

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Framerguy

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It would be my guess that the adhesive is getting more aggressive as it ages. Many adhesives will do that and the testing done is hardly ever over a long period of time. They do projected data from a month's worth of trials and never really know what the long term effects of a product will be.

I'll bet that there will be an "improved" AR out in the future to cover such unplanned results of time, heat, and humidity affecting the quality of the mount.

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PaulSF

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How does ArtCare Restore work on (1) fiber-based photographs, and (2) RC photographs? Is it appropriate for both of those? I need to drymount examples of each for customers, and don't want to make any mistakes (newbie, here).
 

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PaulSF ... here are a couple of observations that may help answer your questions ... or perhaps they will raise more!

Bainbridge's Quick Reference Mounting Guide for Artcare Restore specifically lists temperatures and dwell times for both Matte RC and High Gloss RC photos. It does not list data for fibre-base photos.

When discussing mount options for fibre-base photos Chris Paschke in her book "The Mounting & Laminating Handbook" describes Speedmount as a possible substrate. If Speedmount is a possible choice logically I would imagine that Restore is too.

Note that in the same book, Chris recommends a more rigid substrate for RC photos (smooth wood/metal/glass/hardboard/MDF); and by implication would seem to advise against Speedmount (presumably because of its contribution to the orange peel effect). Logically this same argument could be extrapolated to Restore, which in turn would seem to contradict Bainbridge's mount guide!

Chris if you happen to read this perhaps you can shed additional light!
 

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Mounting a photo on MDF is bad. It is very acidic and it is glue and wood dust. I think it may be possible to use if you coated it in gesso or something else to seal it, but there are better substrates listed there.

PL
 

Msdeedee

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If the guidelines are followed, you shouldn't have trouble removing the print from Restore. I personally have removed 2 pieces that had been mounted over 6 months ago and didn't have a problem. If it is still being stubborn, let your Bainbridge rep know, he/she can send in a piece of the board you have for testing to see if there is a problem with the batch you got. Hope this helps some.
 
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