Drymounting inkjet prints


CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Sep 22, 2003
Atlanta, Georgia
A customer came in today with 11 x 14 and 16 x 20 color prints done at a local camera store. I called the store and found out that they were done with inkjet and the finish is called "premium lust". The customer asked to have them drymounted. What would be the best mounting tissue to use also temp. and time or is there another technique that would work better? I was recommended to use Rag Mount - never used it before and not sure if this is what I should use. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I honestly have never heard of "Rag Mount".

I would suggest checking into Bainbridge ArtCare Restore adhesive backed foamcore. It mounts at a very low temperature and short dwell time and is said to be totally reversible.

Do a search for it on this forum and you should come up with a number of threads dealing with this issue.

Premium lust? Just a tad suggestive, isn't it? Sounds like an expensive hooker.

Is the customer willing to assume responsibility if you heat mount them? A good rule-of-thumb is to never dry mount something you can't easily or affordably replace.

Consider cold mounting with Crescent Perfect Mount or similar (though the same disclaimer applies. Cold mounting is not without risk.)

Rag mount sounds swell if we're looking at some sort of conservation treatment - in which case you won't be dry mounting OR cold mounting.

Are the prints going to be matted?
The pictures will not be matted. I would probably use a spacer to keep the glass off of the print, but then the spacer is laying on the print directly. Any other suggests on how to keep the glass off of the print?
If there's not mats, I think you're "stuck" (sorry) with dry mounting or cold mounting. Otherwise the spacers (and you will need spacers) will hold the print down around the edges and the rest of the print will probably buckle as it expands and contracts.

People do use spacers without mounting but I've had poor results doing this, so I don't.
I think you heard wrong or the camera shop didn't know the proper name. I am betting it is Epson premium luster. I use Bainbridge speedmount on these all the time. 45 second dwell time at 165 degrees.
Be carefull of perfect mounts on these, the inks tend to sit on the surface of the paper and will smear very easily.
ever since I took Wiliam Parker's CPF recertification class and knew better, I'm never drymounting ANY photo--particularly digitals.

Explain the heat sensitivity of these guys and tell them you're going to use hinging or other archival procedures. I personally think they'r way too fragile a medium touse drymount/sray mount or other of these quicky mounting techniques
And that goes double for laminating them in a dry mount press!!

Personally, if the customer understands the potential problems and doesn't mind having the photos reproduced should there be a problem, I don't have a problem with drymounting them to Speedmount @ 140 degrees and increased dwell time. I have had the gloss get splotchy @ 155 and above but have never had a problem below 150... YET, knock on wood. That's with inkjets.... I have had several laser images discolor significantly at less than 140 degrees.

I have taken Restore off my list of mounting materials except for the most inexpensive pieces until Bainbridge tests the samples that recently failed in the two extremes. First releasing the image without reason and second being more agressive than originally tested a year ago. Too much paper fibers left on the foamcore and no adhesive to brush off the artwork.
Thanks for all your help and ideas. I think I'll go with hinging or other non-drymounting techniques.