Front mounting or face mounting
is a process of mounting the graphic face on a clear acrylic sheet
by using optically clear adhesive, and the
back of graphic on another substrate. The graphic is sandwiched
(acrylic sandwich) between two sheets of substrates. There are many kinds and thickness
of substrates for backing. Such as Plexiglas(Dual
Plexiglas), Sintra, Dibond, Aluminum. The most common combination is
1/8" Plexiglas front mount and 1/4" black Sintra back
mount with wood inset frame in the back. The wood inset frame
has a French cleat for easy installation. The high glossy clear acrylic in front of the
graphic gives the image an elegant and stylish look while protects the image
from moisture and physical damage.
The mounted Plexiglas can also be
framed in a shadow box instead of
using inset frame. The shadow box adds another layer of protection
because the edge is covered by the frame and the surface is recessed
in the frame.
If you want to give your image
the ultimate protection, you should order UV protect and Abrasive
resistant Plexiglas. The UV protect feature will filter out 98% of
the harmful UV light. UV light is the main factor which fades the
image over time. The abrasive resistant feature give the Plexiglas
additional protection again any physical damage.
Although we can face mount most
of printing material, from our experience, we found that Polyester
base material, such as FujiFlex,
works the best because it has the strongest bonding between the
layers within itself. This strong bonding ensure that no separation will happen as
time goes. We highly recommend FujiFlex prints for front mounting.