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Question What is the best foam overlay for a smooth finish?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by innerframer, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. innerframer

    innerframer Grumbler

    I have been using a foam overlay for laminating (can't remember where I got it), but it is leaving a texture behind. I looked at something that I did ages ago and it has a smooth finish. There doesn't seem to be too many offerings out there, but have noticed that they come in different thicknesses. Any thoughts or opinions as to which brand and thickness would give the best finish? How about the best lamination film? I have found Expressions to be horrible to work with!
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  2. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Drytac Satinex or Matte, both pre-perforated. Can't help with the foam, but I have a question for you: the texture being left behind - is it from the previous job? I have the same problem when the foam gets old. It leaves behind a line from the edge of the previous job, as if it had a memory. I use a Hot Press.
  3. innerframer

    innerframer Grumbler

    The texture is definitely the texture of the foam, and it's not even that old. I think I'll just order another brand of foam and see how that goes. Thanks!
  4. MnSue

    MnSue SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    foam WILL leave an impression. You need a silicone release board...no foam
    If you put burlap on it, the "press" will imprint the burlap for example. thanke what is happening with the foam
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  5. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I have only used the foam with the clam shell type of press. After I got rid of the clam shell an purchased a heat vacuum press I have never used foam.

    I put the laminate in the press when it is cold and cover with either release paper or release board. I adjust the temperature to 185 - 195 and start the vacuum. When the piece gets to the desired heat I let it run for 2 - 3 minutes, take it out of the press and put under weight until it cools. I have never had a problem with with impressions this way. I do use Expressions and really like the laminates in that line.
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