Mounting Boards (in picture frames)

by Mar 31, 2017Picture Framing

Are your mounting boards acid free?

Check your framed pictures to see…

frame mounting board discolourationMany pictures which were framed several years ago with a mount have a problem – the mounting boards used contained some acid which can affect the surface of the framed image.

The easiest way to check for yourself is to look at the cut edge of the mount to check its colour. If it is white or slightly off white the chances are that an acid free mounting board has been used, but if the edge has discoloured to a fawn tone or even mid brown you have a problem!

It is easy to remedy the problem but the longer it is left the worse the problem will become as the acid content within the mounting board can transfer into the paper below.

At this point we would recommend that you visit your local picture framer (in Leicester that would be Gadsby’s of course!) who should instantly recognise the problem and make recommendations on the best way to remedy what has happened. In general, the picture will be removed from its frame and the picture and mount separated making sure not to damage the paper’s fragile surface.
It is always worth putting fragile or valuable work within an acid free framing environment which will preserve its life for many years.

One final recommendation is that UV protection glass is used which will stop damaging Ultraviolet rays hitting the surface of your image – this again will extend its longevity.

Related Articles

Picture framing

Picture framing

Picture Framing is fulfilling! Some jobs are more satisfying than others. Framing pictures can be very fulfilling if you take the view that your work is seen by people every day. Sometimes they just glance at the picture but other times they look...

read more
Music for framing…

Music for framing…

Celebrating pictures framers Groglass, a supplier to custom framers everywhere has created a new song / video to celebrate the work of the framing industry. We also share their song from last year for your enjoyment.You are welcome to come into the...

read more
Box Framing

Box Framing

Always made to order...We often get asked about box frames, mostly if we sell them ready made. We don’t sell ready made box frames but we can make a box frame to order as people tend to want different depths. Here is a picture of an example of the...

read more
Framing a Dream Catcher!

Framing a Dream Catcher!

Jane gets her Dream Catcher framedThis is my dream catcher, my husband bought it for me years ago from an Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona USA. It’s something I’d always wanted and when he was out there working he bought one and brought it back...

read more
Recent Framing Jobs

Recent Framing Jobs

Between lockdowns the Gadsbys framing team were busy. Here is a small sample of the types of jobs which they did. From Framed Rugby Shirts through Medals and Caps commemorating representing Wales at Football with a Still Life in there too.

read more
Framing Vellum Indentures

Framing Vellum Indentures

Framing Indentures We frame a lot of unusual items and these came in fitting that description. There were 4 of them and they are indentures which I have never seen before and I was totally fascinated in them. Each indenture consists of the legal...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This