What is face mounting?

In the printing biz, face mounting is a process where you apply an optically clear adhesive to the face of the graphic/print then adhere the graphic to acrylic, otherwise known as plexiglass. Once the print is adhered to the acrylic a secondary material like dibond or sintra is adhered to the back of the print to create a sandwich. Attaching a second substrate to the back of the print allows for wooden slats to be adhered to the back so that the print can be displayed on a wall. Unlike traditionally framed prints, the wooden slats that are attached to the back create space between the wall and the print making for a “floating off the wall” look.

If you’re a professional photographer or artist, this is an excellent choice for differentiating yourself from the pack. Face photo mounting gives prints a very modern and professional look which is great for the home or a showing your work in a gallery.

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  • http://www.gardencoaches.org Jay Wolstoff

    Hi JW
    Your floating photograph mounting system is just what I want to try to do. Can you share with me the adhesive you use to mount the face of the photo to the backside of the acrylic..(why do you use 1/4 inch thick acrylic is it non glare acrylic) and the adhesive you use to mount the backside of the photo to the sientra board. Do you use machinery to do this..what does the edge of the acrylic look like is it clear or cloudy? I see you mount the photograph to the acrylic first then to the 3mm sientra is there a reason for doing it that way?
    Thank you in advance for your kind considerations on my behalf.
    Regards,
    JW
    PS..Today I left a message on your answer machine

  • The BumbleJax Man

    Hi Jay,

    My apologies for taking so long to respond.

    The adhesive is called Optimount. We use 1/8″ cast acrylic and it is not non-glare. The adhesive we use on the back of the sintra (now dibond) is a pressure sensitive adhesive. We use a lamination machine for all steps involved in the face-mounting process. We mount the print to the acrylic first because we are more successful that way (I’m sure others do it differently).

  • http://www.douglasdolde.com Doug Dolde

    How easily is the acrylic scratched ?

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