What is mounting?
Mounting is a substrate/material which your print is adhered to for support, hanging, and framing. We currently have 7 mounting options available: Styrene, Single-Weight Matboard, Double-Weight Matboard, 3/16" thick Gatorboard, 1/2" thick Gatorboard, 3/16" thick Foamcore, and Standouts.
Styrene is a 2mm thick plastic composite which is only available in black. Styrene is extremely resistant to warping due to its rigid nature. Hanging hardware is not included.
Single Weight Matboard
Single-Weight Matboard is a cardboard material bonded together to create a 14-ply board (1/16" inch thick). Single weight matboard is extremely lightweight but we do recommend framing matboard mounted prints. Single Weight Matboard is only available in white. Hanging hardware is not included.
Double Weight Matboard
Double Weight Matboard is a cardboard material bonded together to create a 28-ply board (1/8" inch thick). Double weight matboard is extremely lightweight, durable with minimal bending but we do recommend framing matboard mounted prints. Double Weight Matboard is only available in white. Hanging hardware is not included.
Gatorboard is an extremely rigid foam composite mounting material. Gatorboard is available in two thicknesses- 3/16 inch thick and 1/2 inch thicknesses. Gatorboard is only available in black.
3/16" thick Gatorboard:
1/2" thick Gatorboard:
All Gatorboard mounted prints are also supplied with Gator-hooks as well for direct wall hanging. The Gator-hooks are not affixed to the print before shipment- they must be applied once received.
*To apply the gator-hooks, lay the print down on a soft micro-fiber cloth to prevent damage to print surface. Press the short, triangular shaped end of the hook up and into the back of the gatorboard with firm pressure. Gently lift the sawtooth portion away from the back of the Gatorboard to fully engage and position the hook. The sawtooth portion of the gator-hook slides over a nail or screw head. Screws and anchors for wall hanging are not included.
3/16" thick Foamcore
3/16" thick Foamcore is made from an extremely lightweight yet durable polystyrene with a white foam edging. We recommend all Foamcore mounted prints to be framed. All Framed Prints we produce are also mounted on the 3/16" thick white Foamcore. Foamcore is only available in white. Hanging hardware is not included.
Standouts are a ready to hang mounting solution made of a hard and medium density composite foam material. Standouts are extremely lightweight with four grooved holes in the back for easy hanging in portrait or landscape orientation. Screws and anchors for wall hanging are not included. All four sides are finished with a high-grade textured edge in your choice of black or white.
Q: What mounting material should I get?
A: There are a lot of considerations to make. If you are free hanging the print on a wall you will need a Standout or Gatorboard mounted print. If you are framing a print once received, it is advised to get the print mounted on Foamcore at the very least. If you are in the 20x30" or larger range, it would not hurt to go with the 3/16" thick Gatorboard or Black Styrene for added rigidity on the soon to be framed print. If you would like to contact us regarding your print size and mounting combination please fill out a Contact Form.
Q: Why is mounting suggested for prints I want to frame?
A: Over time, un-mounted prints can collapse on themselves in the frame due to the weight of the print itself. Giving a support back-bone such as mounting will prevent this and extend the prints lifespan.
Q: Can I have a print mounted on a larger size mounting material (e.g. 8x10 print on 11x14 mounting)?
A: No- The mounting material and print will always be the same size.
Q: Do mounted prints experience trim?
A: Yes, after the print is affixed to the mounting material both the print and mounting is trimmed together to end along the same line. For this reason we advise keeping important information in the image away from the edge of the print. Up to 1/8 inch will be trimmed from each side (length and width) in the mounting process.
Q: Are all size prints able to be mounted?
A: Unfortunately not all print sizes can be mounted on all materials. Print sizes with a dimension of 26" or 45" are the most limited in terms of available mounting.
Q: Are the mounting materials acid-free?
A: They are not acid-free/archival.