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Photo Mounting on Foam Core or Gator Board
Jesse Beals, Photographer
Tracyton | WA | USA | Posted: 1:10 AM on 01.10.12
->> Got a question for those of you that Photo Mount prints on Foam Core or Gator Board. My studio have been trying a few different methods but we keep coming up with the same problem of the prints lifting off the foam core board or Gator board a few days / weeks later.

We have tried (4) different spray glues that range from $5 a can to $18 a can. We also have tried pretty much every type of foam core brand board sold at Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Art supply stores and Office Max stores.

We tried 13 Gator Boards this week that cost us $13 a board and ran into the same problem when using different spray glues.

Our studio is located in Kingston, WA so yes we experience moisture from all the rain here in the Pacific Northwest. We keep a Humidifier in the studio set at 55% humidity to help with the moisture problems. So my question is this, what steps are me missing here?
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Stan Gilliland, Photographer
Cary | NC | USA | Posted: 2:13 AM on 01.10.12
->> I use a local frame shop that dry mounts my prints on foam core and it works great. I have several prints that I use as samples that I have had on hand for five or more years now.
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 3:02 AM on 01.10.12
->> I think the answer is to have them drymounted or laminated to the board, spray adhesives seem to come unmounted... I use both a frame shop (Dry Mounts--With a big vacum Dry Press) and Repo House that dose blueprints (and Laminations) I did a project that was backlit and used a clear 3M adhesive in a tube on Lexan and it is still on display 5-7 years later and holding up fin--but that was special application..
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 8:26 AM on 01.10.12
->> I have mounted shots on both, and hands-down, gator board is best. Foam core will bow; doesn't stay flat and is very fragile. I do not have a problem with peeling on foam core, however I'm in a low-humidity area and have it done at Aaron Bros.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:05 PM on 01.10.12
->> why would you spend that much money on board then cheap out with what is basically a temporary glue? dry mounting is the best and most permanent way to attach photos to board. I have used various spray adhesives for temporary shows but never use that process if the photos will be displayed for more than a week. on the other hand I have photos mounted on foam core that are over 20 years old and they are still attached. dry mounting is the way to go.
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Michael Ciu, Photographer, Assistant
Lorain | OH | USA | Posted: 12:12 PM on 01.10.12
->> Drymount!
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Michael Coons, Photographer
Camarillo | CA | USA | Posted: 1:02 PM on 01.10.12
->> Coldmount!

http://www.codamount.com/mountboards.htm

I have been using a cold mount machine for years and it works really well. Once it has been mounted it will stick forever.
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 7:04 PM on 01.10.12
->> PVC is more durable and less likely to warp.

http://www.foamboardsource.com/sintra-pvc-foam--sintra-pvc-board.html
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Matt Billiot, Photo Editor, Photographer
Beaumont | TX | | Posted: 11:28 PM on 01.10.12
->> Before I got into sports photography full time I worked at FedEx Office. We used a laminator and heat activated foam core or gator board to mount to. You can do it with or without the lamination and either seems to work great as long as you don't store the boards in a humid space.
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Jon Wright, Photographer
Wayzata | MN | USA | Posted: 8:48 AM on 01.11.12
->> My lab, ACI uses a product called, Sintra. It is better than Gator Board. It's thin, black and does not warp. I have no clue where they get it from.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 10:00 AM on 01.11.12
->> Why would you want to do this yourself and run the risk of damaging the print?

I use White House Custom Color (WHCC) for all my mounted prints. 2mm styrene hard plastic is what I use the most. Upload the image, place the order, shipped to your door in 2 days, and any problems they'll reprint and do it again.

Cost is about $10.50 for a 16x20.
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Ben Jackson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Kent | OH | | Posted: 5:19 PM on 01.18.12
->> I periodically mount on foam core using adhesive spray and then use a firm paint roller to press the photo onto the board. This has fixed my problem of the photo detaching from the foam board and allows me to stay pretty low budget.
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