Hello, Would someone tell me the circumstances when the use of frame sealing tape on the back of a frame, rather than the use of backing paper applied to double sided tape on the back and then trimmed, would be a more appropriate use? I can only come up with the instance of if you already have the sawtooth hanger nailed in the frame, or if you prefer not to have backing paper. I see that the frame sealing tape is very permanent and requires mineral spirits to remove, which I did not realize was so permanent.
Wed 23-Oct-13 11:39 AM | edited Wed 23-Oct-13 11:40 AM by esantos
I would avoid sealing the back with tape. Every framed work that I have ever seen that was treated that way seem to deteriorate with time and simply leaves an ugly and sometimes gummy mess. I also don't think it looks very professional. I definitely prefer paper backing and use that on all my framed work. I then print a professional looking label with my name and contact information and a short description of the work and where it was taken if appropriate. I then sign it to indicate that the information is original and coming from me and not some other party. That label goes on the bottom center of the back of the print on the paper lining.
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I think it's a matter of choice, but it also depends upon what you've used as the outside layer behind the picture. Here in the UK it's typical to use something like a 2-3mm thick pH neutral board, which is either what the picture is mounted on, or is used as an extra layer behind the mountboard (matte) that the picture is mounted on. If needed, conservation quality board can be used for more valuable artworks.
The UK's Fine Art Trade Guild recommend taping the back; the tape I use is very strong but can be removed without leaving a sticky deposit - though it will also take off the outer surface of the board too. Given that if you are going to re-seal the frame, the damaged surface can be covered by the new tape.
Thank you Ernesto and Geoff; I have received both items and did use the Lineco backing paper onto the acid free double sided tape on the frame back. Then I discovered that I needed a special knife cutter to trim off the backing paper which I have ordered and will trim it properly. I have not used the frame sealing tape yet.
Ernesto - if I were to print my own labels to stick on the back of the frame's backing paper, where did you buy the custom labels for this, if you printed your own?
Here is a screen shot of the label that I use for my prints (phone number blurred). I simply use Avery Labels No. 8253 with my Epson R1900. While they are not archival I'm not too concerned since the label is on the backing paper and not anywhere near the print.