Mounting

Plaque Mounting is an inexpensive alternative to framing. Your artwork is dry-mounted onto a sturdy, custom piece of mdf wood, then finished with a premium, non-glare, UV-blocking laminate. The edges of the plaque are then bevelled and coloured. A slot in the back allows for easy hanging on the wall. The finished piece is a very durable, eye-catching way to protect and display your poster, print, photo, or artwork.

 

After the print is mounted onto the foam core board, the board then needs to be trimmed so the artwork is flush to the edge of the board, and so that the edges are even on all sides. We use a KeenCut Excalibur A-Frame Vertical Cutter to cut our foam core here at Replica Printing Services. Below is a video of a piece of foam core board being cut on the Vertical Cutter.

Features: 

  • Inexpensive Framing Alternative
  • Ready-to-Hang
  • Glassless
  • Non-glare, UV protection
  • Easy-to-clean
  • Custom sizes available at no-extra-charge!
  • Great for large artwork up-to 4ft x 8ft
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Safe for Children

Plaque Mounting is an inexpensive alternative to framing. Your artwork is dry-mounted onto a sturdy, custom piece of mdf wood, then finished with a premium, non-glare, UV-blocking laminate. The edges of the plaque are then bevelled and coloured. A slot in the back allows for easy hanging on the wall. The finished piece is a very durable, eye-catching way to protect and display your poster, print, photo, or artwork.

GLASS FREE

Do you have a high-traffic location, a home overrun with larval humans or are accident prone? Plaquemounting is the perfect solution! Mounted directly onto MDF and finished with an overlaminate, there is no glass to shatter should they be hit by a stray soccer ball, poorly aimed frisbee or drunken stumble. 

So feel free to display your plaque mounts in places you might normally hesitate to hang art. Above the baby's dresser, at shoulder height in the hallway, or anywhere at all!

CUSTOM EDGE COLOUR

Most people don't frame their plaque mounts, and why would you! The slim, bevelled edge that accompanies the mounted artwork or photograph can be painted one of more than a dozen colors, including marbled and imitation-wood designs. This is a great way to alter the look of your multi-image display, or ensure each piece has a uniform border to tie the wall together.

CONTEMORARY DISPLAY OPTIONS

At KeenART Media, we offer five different plaque mount options to choose from, so you can truly make your art your own. Choose from a basic plaque mount, thicker wood, or even a "matted" look. You can select the best option depending on what you are displaying.

PRICE SENSITIVE

The cost of a framed print is generally 40% or more than the cost of a plaque mount. Add to that the ease of cleaning, the safety issues, and the glare-free viewing, and you've got yourself a pretty good deal!

PERMANENCE

Your plaque mount image is printed with archival, lightfast (fade-proof) inks and coated with a UV-protective laminate. Your artwork can last for generations. This also means, however, that the plaque mounting process is irreversible. As such, we do not recommend plaque mounting important original artworks or posters. It is best to create a digital image of the piece and mount that instead.

PRINTING

The first step in plaque mounting is printing the artwork or photograph (#3 in image). We use our top quality ink jet printers and archival, fade-resistance inks to print your image. The result is bold, vivid color or strongly contrasting grayscale, and a flawless reproduction of your digital image.

Alternately, you can mail or drop off your existing print to have it plaque mounted. When you enter your artwork size on our Plaque Mounting service page, you will see the pricing for both options.

DRY MOUNTING

Once your image has been printed, it will be "dry mounted" to the MDF board you selected (#1 in image). A piece of heat- and pressure-activated adhesive tissue (#2 in image) is placed between the image and the MDF, which has been cut to size and includes a routered keyhole hanger at the back (unless it is a float mount). When this "sandwich" of materials is placed in a heat press and a great amount of pressure is applied, the printed image is firmly affixed to the MDF.

LAMINATION + FINISHING

The face of the plaque mount is coated with a matte laminate and the plaque goes through a machine that bevels the edges and applies the chosen edge color. A special MDF float hanger will applied to the back of any float mount plaque. The plaque mount is carefully inspected for scuffs or scratches, and shipped to you in secure and well-padded packaging!

Note: 1/8" will be trimmed from each side of the image when bevelling the edges.

 

What is Foam Core Mounting, and How is it Done?

In our last article, we spoke about oversize printing for trade shows and conventions.

If you’ve ever been to a trade show, convention or any event with a lot of signage, you’ve probably come across a foam core mounted sign of some kind.

Foam core is lightweight, and easily cut material used for the mounting of photographic prints. It is made up of three layers. The inner layer is made of polystyrene foam clad, with the two outer layers made of white claycoated paper.

The board is then used as a backing for large color posters and banners so that they are sturdier and can stand up straight.

It is usually self adhesive, so special techniques (that vary depending on size) are needed to mount the printed poster onto the board so that it looks flush and free of bubbles or any other imperfections.

The video below shows a large poster being mounted onto a piece of foam core.

 

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