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Question Glass separators as dust cover?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by brad, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. brad

    brad Grumbler in Training

    What are everyone’s thoughts on using the paper between lites of glass as a dust cover? I have a batch of small prints that use all the same size glass so I kind of thought why not?

    I’m sure this has been discussed before but I couldn’t find it.
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  2. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Depends on the paper. My glass is interleaved with very flimsy stuff akin to tissue paper.

    Very tempting to repurpose things and a good thought, but usually it's not such a good idea in practice.
  3. Eric The Framer

    Eric The Framer CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I use the interleaving paper on our line of "Poster Special" if they want it cheap, that is what they get.
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  4. Pat Murphey

    Pat Murphey SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    It isn't worth the effort to keep it flat and store it. A roll of Kraft paper is cheap.
  5. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Any dust cover is better than none. All varieties of Kraft paper are prone to deteriorate rapidly, and the interleaving paper that comes with most glass is quite thin. So, within just a few years, the paper would become brittle and very easy to puncture or tear. And then it becomes a dust catcher instead of a dust cover. We get what we pay for.
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  6. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Totally agree with Jim says, as a dust cover it is better than no cover. I use my interleaving paper to wrap small framing, as filler for filling a box when shipping, and as a cover to assure a clean working surface. I don't believe in throwing it away so I will recycle it when I accumulate to much. I also don't believe in using kraft paper as backing paper exactly for the reason Jim says about the interleaving. Kraft paper is filled with acid and within a few years will get brittle and puncture easily and that's not saying anything about the acids migrating into the frame package. The acid migration may not be to much of a concern but why chance it if you don't have to. Also, critters love to make their home and have dinner with kraft paper. I definitely won't use kraft paper as backing paper. I use Linco Acid Free Paper & Tyvek form Uline, neither are that expensive per frame and it looks very professional.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2019
  7. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    Only Tyvek on the backs of my pieces. stopped using paper long ago for the reason posted above.

    Joe, check out Frameware for the Tyvek rolls.. quite possibly cheaper than Uline. If I remember, a 36" wide roll costs $127 plus shipping. I usually buy 3 or 4 at a time and they last almost the whole year.

    The added advantage of Tyvek is that the customer can't puncture or tear it.
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  8. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I believe you are right about the price through Frameware being slightly less than Uline. The reason I purchase it from Uline is because they carry 45.5" wide besides the 36" wide and because my Uline warehouse is just across the border in Wisconsin and my cost of shipping is minimal and it is always the next day delivery.

    I use mainly Tyvek too. It is pretty much puncture proof and critters do not use it for home or dinner. I use Linco on the my framing specials and when my customers wants less expensive framing. The cost of Linco AF Backing is less expensive than Tyvek.
  9. brad

    brad Grumbler in Training

    Thanks everyone, I didn’t end up using them but it was oh so tempting! I don’t think I have ever actually used them in all the time I have been framing and definitely wouldn’t store them for later use.
  10. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    You could fold them into very large paper airplanes!!
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