Details of Facemounting behind Plexiglass®

 

The following steps outline details of the facemounting process:

  • One of the first requirements of facemounting is an image having a very smooth surface.  For this reason I print any images to be facemounted on propylene, which is quite smooth and works very well.  
  • After printing, the face of the image is first laminated using acrylic film with adhesive on both sides, making sure to remove all dust from the surface of the print.  For dust removal I use a dust removal system (DRS) roller from Drytac, which removes dust without leaving a sticky residue.  By shining a flashlight  on the side of the print, dust can be further highlighted for subsequent passes with the DRS roller.
  • The face of the laminated print is next laminated to the surface of 3mm Plexiglass®, once again taking care to remove all dust from the surface of the Plexiglass® as outlined in the previous step for the print.
  • To provide additional stiffening of the facemounted print, a 3mm piece of black PVC with adhesive on one side is adhered to the back.
  • Three standoffs, 2 along the top side and 1 at the bottom, are glued to the back of the PVC to allow the print to stand off the wall when hung.  Professional Loctite Super Glue is used to provide the required bond.  Hanging wire is strung between the top 2 standoffs to facilitate hanging.
  • Details on where the image was captured as well as my bio are adhered to the back of the PVC.
  • Further details on facemounting can be viewed through a series of 4 youtube videos produced for Drytac.