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Puzzle With Contact Paper

shayla

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Awhile back, I mounted a puzzle with Canvas MountCor, and it worked beautifully. Now, a customer has brought one in covered with clear contact paper, and I'm wondering what to do. I can peel up the contact paper for an inch in, so am guessing that, with care, we might be able to remove it. But what if we get partway in and it's sticking? (Unstik?). It seems like even 130 degrees could affect the contact paper (or it's mild adhesive). And using a cold glue, would the plastic contact paper mess up the drying process? Or the humidity release it? Any thoughts?
 

Rick Granick

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I would NOT try to peel up the contact paper. Even if you managed to avoid peeling up any of the image or dislodging puzzle pieces, the time factor could be ridiculous. I have had good luck mounting jigsaw puzzles to Elmers High Tack self-adhesive foamcore. Since no heat is needed, the contact paper would not be a problem.
:cool: Rick
 

wvframer

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That self-adhesive foam board is great for things like puzzles.

Rick is absolutely right about removing that contact paper. That is a losing proposition even if it works.
 

shayla

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Thanks, guys! I was loathe to try peeling it off. Will see if my supplier carries the High Tack adhesive. I bought some other cold-mount adhesive foam from a supplier a couple of years ago, and tried mounting a 7 x 12 canvas print on it. Even after a long time in the press and weighting overnight, the print easily pulled off. Hopefully, this works better.
 

Rick Granick

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Those canvas prints often have some kind of slick coating on the back that doesn't stick to anything.
I get the Elmers board from my local International branch.
What I do is slide the puzzle onto a piece of masonite or similar rigid board, clamp another board to the face, and flip it over so the puzzle is face down. Then I cut a piece of the self-adhesive FC slightly oversize, peel off the release paper, and put it face down onto the back of the puzzle. Burnish as well as possible from the back, then flip it over and burnish the front with a brayer. Then trim off the excess FC from around the edges.
:cool: Rick
 
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