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Question What kind of backing paper do you use?

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by DarthFramer, May 5, 2014.

  1. DarthFramer

    DarthFramer CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Which of the dust cover products do you use "the majority of the time" in your shop? Why?

    A. Natural Kraft Paper
    B. Black Premium Paper
    C. Buffered - Conservation quality
    D. Tyvek or similar product
  2. Mike Labbe

    Mike Labbe Member, Former moderator team volunteer

    Blue lineco (c)

    We did a grumble poll about this a couple years ago, too. (although the results may be different now)
  3. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

  4. John Ranes II CPF GCF

    John Ranes II CPF GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    B. Black Premium Paper
  5. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Tyvek. Particularly with paper based framing.

    Tyvek is my standard, and if the customers ask, I tell customers:

    First, Tyvek acts as a moisture barrier, just as it does in the construction of new houses (but it is not moisture proof). Home construction codes require a moisture barrier, and while picture framing codes don't, it should still be a consideration. This is particularly important if the framed artwork will ever placed on an outside wall.

    Second, it looks nicer, but I realize that most people won't see it as it is next to the wall. However, it will not rub off onto the wall as some colored dust covers have been known to do, in the past.

    Third, a Tyvek dust cover that has been applied with a fabric glue is much easier to remove [than paper and ATG], in the unlikely event you ever want to open the frame package. For example, in a few years you decide you want different colored mats, or , if the frame is ever dropped and the art shifts because of the drop, or the glass breaks, the dust cover easily pulls off, instead of needing a razor blade and water to try to scrape the ATG off.

    4th, Tyvek is not made from wood pulp, such as many dust covers are, so is better from a preservation standpoint.

    And when the difference between Tyvek and paper based dust covers is only pennies a square inch, the benefit of using Tyvek is clear.
  6. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

  7. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Lineco - blue/greyish color
  8. Dave

    Dave SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    All of the above + cambric cloth depending on what is being framed.
    FramerKat likes this.

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