problems with adhesive tape on baryta paper
For the past several years, all my photos have been printed on Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper. Artist's tape has served me well to hold those prints in position during the process of mounting prints; for matted prints, I use a hinge method employing archival materials. Also, for displaying prints without matting at the Art Center, I also have used Artist's tape to secure prints to boards and then put them in a plastic sleeve.
The nice thing about artist's tape is that it usually peels cleanly off most surfaces without leaving any adhesive behind.
I have recently started to use Ilford Gold Fibre Silk baryta paper. I have been surprised by how much the baryta paper holds onto artist's tape. When I peel the tape off, a sticky patch of adhesive remains. I imagine this effect has to do with the special kind of surface on the baryta paper.
I have found that every other type of tape I had handy also leaves adhesive behind (hinge tape, tissue mounting tape, Scotch blue painters tape, Scotch magic tape; the last one leaving the least adhesive). I have been able to remove most of the adhesive with naphtha (fortunately only on the border of the print, not the image itself).
Does anyone know of a tape that can be peeled cleanly off baryta paper, such as Gold Fibre Silk? Does anyone have suggestion for displaying a baryta print that is not matted?
Cheers, Ken Hanson
#1. "RE: problems with adhesive tape on baryta paper" | In response to Reply # 0MotoMannequin Registered since 11th Jan 2006Wed 27-Jun-12 06:35 PM
I use Ilford GFS and Artist's Tape without any problems. Sorry that's no help. I do find the level of stickiness varies considerably from one roll of Artist's Tape to another, so maybe try a new roll.
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#2. "RE: problems with adhesive tape on baryta paper" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Wed 27-Jun-12 09:46 PM
I always stick the tape to the back of the print.
I use a small strip of tape and stick half of it on the back of the print leaving about an inch of tape showing (sticky side up) at the top. Then position the print on your backing board and use another strip of tape across the first one.
This way the tape does not contact the coated side of the baryta paper.
#3. "RE: problems with adhesive tape on baryta paper" | In response to Reply # 0Pete Wilson Nikonian since 27th Jun 2004Wed 27-Jun-12 10:22 PM
Like Dave I always put the tape on the back side of the print. I also use the hinge method, but put the tape on the back.
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#4. "RE: problems with adhesive tape on baryta paper" | In response to Reply # 3kmh Nikonian since 04th May 2008Tue 24-Jul-12 05:24 PM | edited Tue 24-Jul-12 05:25 PM by kmh
Thanks to all for your suggestions. I had also thought about using the hinge technique, which I normally use to mount prints that I sell with mats.
Something else I think I will try is a mounting system in which no adhesive touches the print, namely corner mounts. I am not sure whether they will be sufficient to hold a sizable print in place so I am considering additional side brackets. These mounting strips are available at framing distributors like Frame Destination for about $0.20 for each 4-inch strip. In a pinch, one can make something like these by folding artist's tape over on itself, leaving a strip of adhesive to apply to the backing board and the back of the tape to cover the edge of the print. We'll see how well that works.