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Started by widenation on Nov 4, 2021 1:04:53 AM
Framing posters/prints

Anyone have any expertise in this?

Seems to me that when posters/prints are rolled and stored for a period of time, they are beyond getting back to pristine, un-rippled condition.

Got a few 90s quad cinema film posters, and some 2nd hand frames (with plexiglass) and trying to figure out whether it's worthwhile trying to get the artwork itself into a better condition than I received it. Condition isn't bad, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

Any advice appreciated!

Tinymcsmithy - 04 Nov 2021 01:18:12 (#1 of 18)

If I have prints that I care about, I pay to get them framed. It’s actually a more skilled job that it sounds.

Whenever, I’ve tried to frame prints myself, there is lots of swearing.

Sorry, that’s all I’ve got.

widenation - 04 Nov 2021 01:20:16 (#2 of 18)

Yep - that's the feeling I'm getting. Two tiers of framed prints - done properly and cobbled together on a table! I guess there is a market for both.

Ginmonkey - 04 Nov 2021 07:41:33 (#3 of 18)

If you like them I would take them to a professional framer. They will flatten and mount the posters properly.

You probably won't get much change out of two hundrend quid though.

One of you issues is those plexi glass frames can be a bit cheap and shoddy, so may not be robust enough to hold the posters in place properly.

Dubris - 04 Nov 2021 07:55:18 (#4 of 18)

If I have prints that I care about, I pay to get them framed

Very much this, I'm afraid. Professional framers should have the skills and materials to get a good looking result rather than something that isn't quite right and irritates you a bit every time you walk past it.

Tenesmus - 04 Nov 2021 08:01:41 (#5 of 18)

Yeah, the professional framer that did a couple for us left air bubbles that we didn't notice until a couple of months later, by then he'd closed down.

You only notice at particular angles, but you know they're there...

Sabacious - 04 Nov 2021 08:19:04 (#6 of 18)

The other option to framing is having them mounted rather than framed - I have some posters/prints/photos mounted on a range of things (MDF, acrylic, aluminium etc) and they look amazing - particularly good if you don't want a frame. If you do, then professional framer every time, worth every penny (in my experience).

helbel - 04 Nov 2021 10:33:49 (#7 of 18)

A good professional framer can also suggest just the right frame that lifts the whole thing. I had a print framed years ago by a high street shop and it was never a good frame for that piece. Had it reframed by the framer who does all the work for the local art gallery and it looks so much better. I get all my stuff framed by her now.

Good framing is an art all of its own.

Antimatter - 04 Nov 2021 11:00:44 (#8 of 18)

If it is something you care about, professional framer. They will flatten it, important as humidity can make them wrinkle. They can also adise you on the best glass to use. Museum glass will cut out all the UV and maintain the colour, there are various lesser grades which are cheaper and less effective, it all depends on where you are planning to hang them.

widenation - 04 Nov 2021 16:23:13 (#9 of 18)

Thanks all. I am experimenting with a few (cheap) posters initially. Semi-flattened them, then reverse rolled them and have stored them in a far larger than normal tube (100mm diameter). On inspection this seems to have helped prepare them for framing - but I get it that the less farting about the better!

There are couple I may get done professionally (have been quoted £100 each), but others I will try myself and just want to sell on / give as presents.

widenation - 08 Nov 2021 12:34:01 (#10 of 18)

Reverse-rolling seems to be the way to do it (depends on the artwork though). For posters, I'd go for it and stick them in as large a tube as possible for the paper to "unwind". Trim if necessary, stick them in a cheap frame - and all good so far. The more I tried to flatten stuff the worse it became. Less is more - as any print aficionado would say.

widenation - 08 Nov 2021 14:10:58 (#11 of 18)

One question - a couple of these (portrait) posters are slightly too narrow for their frames, exposing a few mm of the backboard. I guess there are a number of ways to deal with this, but am open to suggestions. First thoughts - just add some cheap, black beading/inlay to the frame.

tasselhoff - 08 Nov 2021 14:14:53 (#12 of 18)

Or place some appropriately coloured paper behind it?

widenation - 08 Nov 2021 14:21:50 (#13 of 18)

Yeah - thought of that as well! Think inlaying the frame is the way to go.

widenation - 08 Nov 2021 14:25:37 (#14 of 18)

ie cheap frames and both the plexi and poster have a little room to shuffle about. Inlay the frames a little and ceases to be a prob.

Oldbathrobe1 - 08 Nov 2021 14:25:50 (#15 of 18)

Good framing is an art all of its own.

Never plant the gun anywhere obvious, like the glove compartment of his car...

tasselhoff - 08 Nov 2021 14:26:50 (#16 of 18)

And always wear gloves

widenation - 08 Nov 2021 14:29:57 (#17 of 18)

Take a long bath before you commit the crime - wrinkled fingerprints confuse forensics etc.

Oldbathrobe1 - 08 Nov 2021 14:31:25 (#18 of 18)

Take a long bath before you commit the crime

And after, for the chemical traces. Cotton wool in the nostrils and ears- people forget that gunshot residue gets in there.

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