A hot press technique uses heat or heat-activated adhesive to mount
photographs and artwork to cardstock. The disadvantage of this method is
that the high temperature may harm the artwork. Hot glue guns and waxers
are wet processes. The hot adhesive is fluid until set. The dry process of
hot press mounting uses a press set to a very high temperature to activate a
thin sheet of adhesive placed between the art and cardstock. Use a lower
temperature setting when you mount photographs as the heat ruptures the
surface emulsion. Products using wax-based adhesives, such as shading
sheets or lettering strips, melt in the heat of the process. Art mounted with
hot glue or dry mount is not repositionable; art mounted with wax. is
repositionable until it is burnished.
To use a dry mounting press, use this table:
Turn on the dry mount press. Set the temperature to 200 to 250
Plug in and turn on a tacking iron.
Cut a piece of mounting tissue the same size as the artwork.
Tack the mounting tissue to the back of the artwork with the
tacking iron. If you have to use more than one sheet of mounting
tissue, leave a narrow seam between pieces. Do not overlap the
edges. Overlapping will leave a visible seam on the face of the art.
Position the art on the cardstock.
Cover the face of the print and using the tacking iron, lightly spot
tack the art to the cardstock.
Place the art (covered with the protective paper) on the bed of the
hot dry mount press.
Apply pressure to the bail or handle that lowers the press for
approximately 10 seconds.
Remove the mounted print from the press.
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