Sealing the framing package

B. Newman

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Sep 5, 2001
Kodak, Tn. USA
This was in the last Decor e-tips. I didn't think one should have the package to fit snugly due to expansion. opinions? Overall the article is real good, and one that could be easily adapted for customer use in your newsletters. I was just curious about this part.

Seal it up-Do you have customers who want to hang art on their ocean- or lake-front properties? Or even onboard a boat? In cases like these, you might want to seal the glazing of the framing package in with silicone glue on the rabbet of the frame. For the backing board, use foam-centered board, which is a little more impervious to humidity, and seal that with silicone glue. If the package fits snugly in the rabbet of the frame, you might not need the silicone.

Oh my.

I'm speechless.

No, I'm not. I guess they never heard of Lineco sealing tape or even Framer's Tape for sealing the package.

And I guess humidity and expansion isn't really an issue for ocean-front applications.

And I guess Coroplast isn't really much more impervious to humidity than fomecore.

NOW I'm speechless.
Sealed frames require the use of materials that humidity cannot migrate through. There are two; glass and metal. Using a combination of metalized plastic film and glass to encapsulate the frame package is the only way I know of to insure that excessive humidity doesn't get to the art.
Stuffing foamboard into a frame to "seal" it is a sure design for disaster.