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Framing for a bathroom


CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Has anyone ever successfully sealed a frame to make it steamy bathroom friendly? I would have to seal the glazing to the lip and waterproof the back. I have never made such an attempt and always advise not to hang art in bathrooms. This would be for a laminated photo mounted to Dibond. Acrylic glazing.
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Rick Granick

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
The only materials that are impervious to moisture are glass and metal. Although it is not hermetically sealed, I have occasionally done a stack of glass, mat, artwork, substrate, then another glass in back, and sealed that all around the edge with Lineco Frame Sealing tape (which has an aluminum layer). Then fit normally... although you have to be careful inserting points so as not to break the back glass.
:cool: Rick

BTW, you still want to advise the customer not to hang it where steam build-up will be an issue, because the water in steam can condense on the cooler glass surface and run down into the frame, causing other problems.


PFG, Picture Framing God
There's the "enclosure" - sheet of baking foil wrapped around mount, mat and glass, but not backing board, which could be glass, acrylic or fluted polypropylene. Fillet tape on front of glazing under frame lip, wrap foil on to that, burnish it on and trim off excess.


PFG, Picture Framing God
If you can use plexiglass instead of glass, condensation will be much less of a problem versus glass.
Glass is much more sensitive to temperature changes than plexi.


CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
The client would probably want Optium which I think would be a problem to keep clean. Lots of great ideas here. Thanks!


WOW Framer
If the art is valuable, don't hang it in a bathroom. If not, don't worry, I've had a framed print hanging next to my shower curtain for 23 years with no issues. It's an old house (1874) with no bathroom vent fan.
Right? I tell everyone that it's best not to hang paper art in a steamy bathroom, as it can ripple the paper. Which is true, and can happen. But my mom had two little cheapy things on her apartment bathroom wall that would have water droplets running down the front of the glass after her showers, and they stayed in great shape. I still tell everyone, because it's a real risk, but there are outliers.
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