Archival mounting solutions
We offer different types of archival mounting systems.
Dibond® is the most commonly used mounting substrate, worldwide. Its resistance to bowing makes it an excellent exhibition mounting material and its lightweight nature is perfect for large pieces, touring exhibitions or when weight is a concern.
Half the weight of aluminium, Dibond® is a rigid, durable, aluminium-composite material consisting of two pre-painted sheets of 3 mm aluminium bonded to a solid plastic core. It is an excellent replacement for aluminium, MDF (medium-density fibreboard), plywood, thick gauge plastics and some laminated fluted/solid core sheets.
Mount to Acrylic – in a similar method to mounting to Dibond, we archivally bond an image to either 2mm or 3mm thick Plexiglass.
The above are the only methods to achieve a completely flat finish in framing.
Archivally strapping an image to Acid free board – our specialized framing team uses Acid free tape to strap an image to conservation board to guarantee the longevity of your artwork. This solution is best for artworks that you may want to frame differently in years to come but does not completely flatten the image. There may still be waves in the artwork.
The bonding processes outlinded above are all archival.
5 – 10 working days
- 3mm Dibond®
- Exhibition quality
- Resistant to bowing
- Suitable for framing
- Supplied with wall fixings
- Long or short term display
Dibond® is available in many custom sizes.
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Q&A with Monique Loeblich
- Framing Consultant
What’s the difference between Diasec® and Dibond®?
- Diasec® is a process whereby an image is pasted onto transparent acrylic glass using a special solution, which is then bonded onto an aluminium plate permanently sealing the image.
- Dibond® is an aluminium composite sheet, which we use in a process whereby we paste an image onto dibond without acrylic glass.
How do I hang my image mounted on Dibond®?
We attach batten fixings; a simple and effective way to hang your art. It is basically an Aluminium subframe.
How do I clean my artwork?
Even when Dibond® is handled with care, dirt and impurities like fingerprints can occur.
- Dibond® surfaces should be cleaned manually from top to bottom.
- Dry clean with Vilene or fleece cloth (for mirrored surfaces) – do not add a liquid cleaning agent.
- If dry cleaning is not sufficient, warm water can be used for pre-cleaning then dry with a fleece cloth.
Do not use:
- abrasive pads
- powerful alkaline clean agents (i.e. potassium hydroxide, sodium carbonate or caustic soda)
- powerful acidic products
- heavy abrasive scouring agents