Is Mountboard all the same wherever you buy it ? eBay – HobbyCraft etc
You may be forgiven for thinking that the mountboard that is used to make your picture mounts is all the same – apart from the colour. This is a common misconception that we hear about on a daily basis. So here is an article that hopes to show you exactly what it all means and the differences that can and do exist.If you Google the phrase photo mounts you will see a range of websites that sell them – anyone from eBay, Hobbycraft to cotswold mounts. All of them seemingly offering a product that looks great in or out of a frame. When purchasing mounts though, there are a few important things you need to look out for and to make sure you are purchasing the correct item – that applies to all stores.
The Fine Art Trade Guild is the universally accepted body that sets the standard for the definition of mountboard. They do this based on the following properties – composition, combination and characteristics of papers and paper boards used in the framing of artwork. Mountboard needs to, at the very least meet the Standard Board specification in order to be deemed to be suitable for professional framing.
However, Standard Mountboard is only suitable for Commended, Budget and Minimum levels of framing. The quality of boards in this category vary greatly and you should look very closely at the specifications and product descriptions in order to differentiate them.
Some have ‘conservation core and backing’, but this does not raise them to Conservation level framing standard. They are not deemed suitable for collectable artwork like paintings, photographs and limited edition prints etc .
For Conservation level framing, only mountboard that fully complies with the detailed specifications for Guild Conservation Board should be used, as a minimum.
- 100% Acid Free guaranteed not damage your precious artwork
- Whitecore Conservation Standard
- Fully comply to FATG (Fine Art Trade Guild) Conservation level.
- Pass the Silver Tarnish Test and Photographic Activity Test
When ordering mounts please only ever use Conservation standard mount board – we do not supply anything other than this on all our mounts
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If you value your artwork and value how it looks when on display, or whether you are trying to sell it, I would advise to always use conservation standard mounts. I speak from personal experience of using bog standard low quality ones - and then having to re do my images again - it's not worth the hassle - buy once and buy correctly - Roger