Tapes specifically designed for mat and framing industry
There are a lot of different tapes in the picture framing industry. They all deal with attaching a print to a mat or back and attaching a mat to a back.
Framer's Tape: Our biggest selling tape. Comes in white and clear. It has an archival grade adhesive that has no harmful plasticizers on a polyurethane carrier. Framer's Tape II is used to hinge prints to backings or mats and hinge mats to backs. It is thinner than traditional archival linen tapes and stronger than traditional paper hinging tape. The strength is both a positive and can be a negative. Paper hinging tape is a traditional archival method of attaching prints to mats or backs. It use is based on the theory that if the picture is jarred, falls off the wall, the hinging tape will tear before the print paper does, thus protecting the print. However, on the other hand, paper hinging tape is questionable for larger or heavier prints. Manufacturer claims Framer's Tape can be 'removed with minimal heat". Although true, I have found that it can be difficult depending on the type of paper used with the print. Roll is 1" wide by 180 feet long.
Gummed Archival Paper Hinging Tape: Traditional tape used for hinging lighter artwork. As mentioned above, the theory is that when jarred or dropped, the tape will break before the paper print does. It is a gummed tape so it is water reversible. Adhesive has a neutral pH. Archival paper hinging tape is acid free and lignin free, the property that produces acid in paper. The paper is buffered to resist reacidification.
Acid Free, Gummed Linen Tape: Again, a traditional archival tape. It is strong and has a neutral pH adhesive that is water reversible. Rolls are 1" wide by 30 feet long.
Acid Free, Self Adhesive Linen Tape: Same as above but with a self-adhesive tape for those who do not want to dampen gummed tape to apply it. The adhesive is neutral pH acrylic adhesive. Rolls are 1 1/4 inch wide by either 33 feet or 150 feet.
Double Faced Tape: Same tape we use in our One Step mat and back products. Archival grade adhesive. Simply press tape onto material by hand, pull off the paper cover to expose the tape and apply your mat to the back or attach top mat to bottom mat. Roll is 3/4 inch wide by 72 yards (216 feet) long.
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