Acid Free Mat Boards
Photographs, prints, paintings, drawings, and anything else that you wish to have framed should always be separated from the glass. If not, condensation can build up over time right under the glass, and this can cause mold and mildew damage. This is easily avoided by using mat boards. In NYC, NY, the best collection of acid free mat boards is at JMC Custom Framing Inc.
Framers use mat board to separate the artwork for the frame’s glass. In the past, wood-based paper or chipboard was used as a spacer. However, wood-based pulp and paper products are bound together with a polymer called lignin. The problem is that lignin can break down over time, and this process of lignin decomposition produces acid as a byproduct. This acid can severely and irreversibly damage artwork. Worse still, sometimes this process of acidic damage can take decades.
With this in mind, if you are planning to frame a print, or other materials that are more fragile, it is important to have high quality acid free mat boards that consist of materials that are completely exempt of acid, and are chemically stable.
The best acid free mat boards are made out of cotton lint. Mat boards made from bleached pulp paper that is lignin free with very high alphacellulose content are also a viable chemically stable alternative.
The acid free mat boards that we have available at JMC Custom Framing Inc come in a variety of different colors, thicknesses, and textures. You are sure to find the perfect backing for the artwork or documents that you wish to frame and have looking great for years without having to worry about any chemical damage.
Arrange a consultation today.