- Dec 13, 2004There is no such thing as archival tape or glue, archival mounting means
that any procedure to the photograph is fully reversible. Use archival
corners made by Light Impressions cat # 5264, cost is $7.95 for 200, check
their shipping rates because they have those annoying handling fees. This
product is available in most art supply stores, which might be cheaper and
easier for you. It does not damage the photograph and IMHO works very well.
The only tape that is widely accepted among professional photograph
conservators is the Filmoplast P, which is about $20 a roll. This tape is
not very sticky. If you have borderless prints, it is not recommended.
The ATG double sided adhesive is the most widely used product for this
application by professional picture framers. However no double sided tape
is considered safe for photographs, even though it is "acid free".
From a practical standpoint, if you are selling photographs and don't care
how long they last, then use the ATG because it is the cheapest and easiest
solution. If you want the photo's life expectancy to be at least as long as
your children's, then avoid all glues, tape and adhesives on either side of
One additional point about the mounting paper, do not use a "buffered" paper
for modern color prints. Although most photographs made from 1900 to 1960
are best preserved on buffered paper, some react against it. Most widely
used brands of color paper found at 4x6 labs suffer accelerated red fading
from contact with alkaline buffered paper. Color prints on RC paper need
If life expectancy of your prints is an issue, check the paper type that
your photofinisher uses and see if it is permanent, i think right now that
the Fuji and Konica papers are the most permanent, and Agfa and Kodak are
the least permanent.
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