What Is Dry Mounting?

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Dry mounting is a process in which a picture or art is glued to a mounting board for display purposes. The technique uses an iron or heat press to bond the artwork to the mounting board.

Facts

  • Dry mounting requires a piece of dry-tissue adhesive to be placed between the artwork and mounting board. The iron or heat press melts the adhesive and secures the artwork to the board.

Benefits

  • Dry mounting flattens the artwork and gives it a nice, clean look. It's also faster and easier than wet mounting.

Uses

  • Dry mounting is ideal for mounting photographs, posters and any flat artwork that is sensitive to water and unfit for wet mounting.

Considerations

  • Dry mounting is almost always an irreversible process. The mounting board used will vary depending on the situation, but the most often used type is a foam core board.

Warning

  • Dry mounting should not be used on valuable artwork or photos because of the heat involved in the process. Materials may bubble, scorch or prematurely age, damaging their value.

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