static mounting


Grumbler in Training
Aug 26, 2004
Johnson City Tn
Has anyone ever heard of Static Mounting an RC Photograph? I have never heard of such a thing. You would think if it were a viable method it would be extremely popular. Comments invited.
hi pilgrim, the top of page has the word "search" type in static mounting. you should search in framing tips and maybe grumble. then you should get some clues about it. wecome to the grumble. if you can't find it let me know and i will try and help
I've heard of it, read about it, had Paul McFadden explain it, but never had the opportunity to use it. If I remember correctly, you use plexi, create a static charge on the plexi, and the photo will stick to the charge.

I am sure someone else on this forum will know exactly how it is done and explain it.
RC photos have an electrically treated polyethylene on their back sides and do not seem
to have as high a static potential as polyester
based Cibachromes. One can put hinges on RC, if
you take the dextrin from good quality linen tape
off with a damp brush and brush it onto Japanese
tissue. One would not use this adhesive with anything paper-based, but for this sort of plastic, it has enough tack to stick, where starch
paste may give up.

Static mounts are usually used for Cibachromes versus RC photos on acrylic. The backing paper on the acrylic is marked and scored to just slightly larger than the size of the image. When the backing paper is removed from the acrylic a natural static charge is created. The cibachrome will then be held in place. A window mat can then be placed over the image and almost act like a sink mat to hold everything in place.
Larger images (16x20 +) are best held in place using Mylar corners, archival edge strips or flange hinges to ensure that the photo is supported.