Care and framing of posters

Where the poster is tightly rolled you need to put it on a table or other flat surface and, after placing weights on the exposed flap, carefully unroll it across the flat surface. Leave it like that for an hour or two so that it does not curl up again before attempting to do anything more with it.

With old collectable posters and prints that are not printed on a heavy stock (ie. they are more like paper than board) we recommend that you have them dry-mounted before the usual matting and framing. This is a special process where the poster or print is rolled onto an acid-free board using a heat sensitive adhesive. It turns the paper into a board and ensures the paper won’t go wavy in the frame. It is very unlikely, but not 100% guaranteed, to get bubbles as it would if done by hand. It also helps to protect against discolouration damage from hardboard back-plates in the framing (but avoid the use of hardboard anyway if at all possible – good framers don’t use hardboard now). A good framing shop should be either able to do this for you or sub-contract it to a specialist who can do it. It will cost extra but the price is not usually that high and less if you have several to do at once. See also other articles on using self-adhesive board etc to follow …