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Old Oct 11, 2006, 9:28 AM   #1
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I want to offer in addition to print only sales, mounting options on my website. I have listed as mounting options Matboard and Styrene. I want to provide prints that are ready to be overmatted and framed to the customers liking. I may offer overmatting in time as well.

However, I have a question about the archival qualities of these materials. The company that does my printing also offers the following mounting services:

Matboard - Dry mount, but is not offered to prints larger than 16x20 (I sell a few panoramas so I need an alternative). The reason they don't offer larger mounts is due to warping risks.

Styrene board - plastic mounting board 2mm thick. They say it is one of the best mounting substrates and is a substitute for matboard for larger prints. But is it archival?

foamboard - 1/4" thick foam-centered board coated with though white plastic shell. Again is this archival? Is it too thick to be used for framing behind glass?

Masonite - 1/8" thick hardboard. They say this is a traditional mounting surface and lon lasting. Again is this archival?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

UPDATE: I found the answer to my own question

After further research and talking with my pro lab I found out that these substrates' adhesive forms and acid-free barier with the board and thus protect the print. The longevity of the print does not seem to be compromised by mounting. The mount however will be permanent.
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