Dry Mounting
1. Applications

We offer a comprehensive dry mounting service and stress that this is a permanent process, applied to works that need to be made flat for display.

Dry mounting is not reversible and we will always ask you to be aware of the implications for your artwork.

Once mounted flat, there are a range of framing options available that otherwise might not be successful, such as: box framing to the edge of the work, tray framing without glass, float mounting of large scale light-weight papers, or displaying as a floating panel without any frame at all.

Photographic prints particularly benefit from dry mounting. We offer cold roller pressing to di-bond for modern chromogenic prints with unparalled flatness.

Dry mounting isn’t specifically intended to correct creasing or damage caused by poor storage conditions or bad handling but can also be an opportunity to improve something that otherwise might not display well at all.

Dry Mounting
2. Mounting to di-bond

Depending on the application we have the capacity to heat mount on a vacuum bed, or cold roller press using self adhesive mounting film.

Cold roller pressing requires a substrate with an ultra flat surface and we favour di-bond, a light weight composite material made from layers of aluminium with a plastic core.

Di-bond is easily cut-to-size, lightweight but durable, and stable over very large sheet sizes.

Since no heat is required to activate the adhesive, cold roller pressing is well suited to the handling of photographic prints with a fragile emulsion surface, especially glossy prints.

We are able to mount in-house to a maximum width of 1300 mm and to any length.

Dry Mounting
3. Hot Press

Heat pressing with a vacuum bed allows more control when mounting artworks that have been folded, creased or become cockled.

The slow draw of the vacuum presses the artwork up against a heated glass top and in doing so can be incredibly effective at gently dispersing waviness while the heat-activated film simultaneously becomes tacky and adheres the artwork to the substrate beneath.

While the temperature can be carefully controlled, the heat press is not suitable for any medium that may blister or be disturbed by a change in temperature.

We use the hot press effectively to manufacture other materials used in the design of our frames, such as cloth-lined fillets and even timber veneered boards.