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Prevent damage to valuable documents through improper framing. The most common error is the use of non-museum matboard within a frame. After some time has passed, when you take the frame apart and removing the matboard, you will find a medium to dark brown line running around the margin of the artwork. This is due to the use of paper (non-museum rag) matboard. It is very important that only acid-free, 100 percent rag mats be used in framing.
All of the matboards, mounting materials, and foam core we use at Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery is completely acid free.
A second common error is improper hinging. Some framers mount prints and artwork using masking tape, adhesive tape, glue, or other acidic adhesives. These will not hold up over time, and will wind up damaging the framed piece. You should be aware of the methods and materials used in the framing process. At Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery, we affix a label on the back of each frame stating the methods and materials. Remember, you invested money and time acquiring your artwork. You certainly don't want to see it ruined in preparation for display. Make sure that the mounting methods are 100 percent reversible. You never know when you might want to sell your item. One of the biggest problems people have in displaying their artwork or photographs is the problem of fading. Many framers do not use U.V. protective glazing. The use of U.V. filtered glazing is very important. Although it won't eliminate all outside light and heat, it will filter out 98 to 99 percent of the harmful ultraviolet light. Tru Vue conservation glass is available to protect your art from ultraviolet light damage. If you consult a framer about framing your objects, ask them fully explain the process to you. If they don't want to take the time to explain to you how they will frame your pieces, perhaps it is time to look further.