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Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by sapergalleries, Nov 23, 2018.

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  1. sapergalleries

    sapergalleries Grumbler

    Until this week, we ordered 55 yd rolls of 1/4" ATG from Specialty Tapes. Great product, never had any issues. Called this week to reorder - They now only sell in 110 yd rolls.

    Does anyone know where we can source 3" core, 55' x 1/4" ATG, preferably with a 4 mil adhesive layer?

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
     
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  2. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Because ATG tape is among the most expensive adhesives in the frame shop, and because it tends to migrate and fail, I reduced its usage to about one roll per month. For attaching dustcovers, multiple mat layers, shadowbox mat-walls, and other typical framing applications, a few drops of PVA glue actually provide better adhesion at a tiny fraction of the price. Ordinary frame glue works OK, but my favorite is ATG Turbo.
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  3. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    Be nice if there was someplace it could be purchased. My distributor doesn't carry it and I haven't found it online.
     
  4. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Frame Specialties in Elkhart Indiana has it, and so do some other framing distributors. Keep looking.
     
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  5. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I get mine from TC Moulding (International Moulding) in Minnesota. I would think that the other International Warehouses throughout the US would also carry it. Like Jim said - the ATG Turbo is a great product though I don't like it for dust covers because it leaves ripples in the paper where it attaches to the frame. For multiple mats & attaching mats to frame walls it can't be beat.
     
  6. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    That happens when you apply too much glue - especially with extremely-absorbent Kraft paper. ATG Turbo - and even most frame glues - can be used to glue dustcovers without puckers at the glue-line. Using this method, if there are any puckers, they will go away when the glue dries:

    Make just a pinhole in the nozzle, and squeeze out a bead no bigger than 1/16" all around the frame, no gaps, within 1/8" -1/4" of the outside edges. Even with such a small bead of glue, you'll have at least 20 seconds to position the paper. Through the paper, use a burnishing tool to squeegee the line of glue toward the outside edges of the frame, just as a snowplow pushes snow. This spreads the glue to a thin film and adheres the paper at the very edges of the frame. If any glue oozes out onto the side of the frame, wipe with a damp towel. Trim the edges immediately - no need to wait for glue to dry.
     
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