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Preservation framing specialists construct mounts within a frame for prints, artwork on paper, , photographs, magazines and books that minimise damage from mishandling, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, pollutants, and insects. These mounts include various types of mats, sink mounts, and sealed packages made from chemically stable materials. By contrast, poor-quality, unstable materials and inappropriate matting and framing techniques can cause permanent damage to works on paper.  Gallery 360’s picture framing specialists evaluate each work of art individually. The work’s size, the characteristics of the image material (powdery or textured), and the paper’s condition (brittle, flat, or distorted) determine the choice of mount.

For exhibition prints, gallery and fine-art photographs and fine-art inkjet prints, we recommend the following mounting materials, which are all conservation materials, extremely durable, stable, and resistant to shrinking or buckling over time with exposure to natural elements.

museum mount board

is a lignin free and acid-free rag board made from 100% cotton. It is available in a variety of colors, though bright white, warm white and black are most popular and in 2-ply, 4-ply, 8-ply or 12-ply construction. Mount board is typically used as an inexpensive display option for exhibitions, or used in conjunction with a wooden frame for permanent display.

kapa board

Gallery 360’s favourite light weight board option- Kapa board is a lightweight polyurethane foam board with high resistance to bending and pressure. The centre of the board has aluminium reinforced liners for extremely high resistance to warping. Kapa boards are excellent for lightweight displays where a larger print requires hanging with Velcro, double-sided tape or inexpensive press in foam board hooks.  Available in large sizes up to 200cm x 300cm.


It is generally offered in extremely thin 1.2mm, 2mm or 3mm thickness and is extremely stable, considerably lighter than acrylic, and will not crack or change with variations in temperature or humidity. Aluminum is a chemically inert product with no off-gassing to damage the image.


A very popular choice, DiBond is an Aluminium Composite Material from Germany. It consists of two ‘skins’ of thin 0 .2mm aluminium thermo-bonded to a solid black polyethylene core. Dibond is half the weight of equivalent aluminium, or acrylic, yet at the same time is engineered to retain its superior flatness and will not bow like solid aluminium sheet. It is extremely stable, resisting bending and warping over time, and may be exposed to extremes and temperatures without affect. It is available in a variety of thicknesses and colors; the 3mm white is our most popular choice for mounting purposes.  A number of ACM brands exist but through time and experience, Gallery 360 works with Dibond. Its marine grade quality surpasses imitation brands and for Gallery 360 clients, we prefer to use quality products. Available in large sizes up to 200cm x 300cm.


is also a popular mounting substrate. Half the weight of glass, it is also extremely smooth, flat, and stable. It is available in a variety of colours (including black, white, clear, and opal), and a variety of thicknesses; the 3mm, 4.5mm, 6mm and 10mm are the most popular. The team at Gallery 360 can also create a “sandwich” with your image, with acrylic on the front and the back.  We can face mount the image to the acrylic for a show stopping frameless image. Gallery 360 use Plexiglas® acrylic from Germany, choosing from their standard, UV100 Gallery and MR scratch resistant ranges. Plexiglas® acrylic is a chemically inert product with no off-gassing to damage the image. Availabe in large sizes.