Dry Mount

The dry mount technique is a common method of displaying art work that is relatively easy and inexpensive while still giving that look of elegance.  The dry mount technique involves applying artwork to a stiff-backed board using a heat activated adhesive tissue between the mount and the print.  This form of mounting works well with posters, photographs, maps, art prints and digital artwork that is typically printed on resin coated (RC) or fiber based paper.

There are several different types of mounting boards to choose from, including the following:

  • Foam Core – made of light weight styrofoam.  Most economical option, however, corners easily dent and picture may bend.
  • Gatorboard (Gatorfoam) – made of polystyrene.  Similar to foam core, however, much more durable and less likely to dent and have corner damage. Warp resistant and able to withstand changes in humidity without risk of bending.
  • Mat Board (often referred to as Cotton Ragboard or Museum Mat Board) – made of cotton and is generally composed of separate plies of cotton board color dyed and layered together in 4, 6 or 8 ply.  Museum Mat Board is recommended if staining or fading is a concern.
  • Dibond – made of polyethylene that is sandwiched between pre-painted sheets of .012″ aluminum.  Very sturdy, lightweight, and extremely smooth.  Ideal for mounting straight to a wall or for floating off wall.  Commonly used to mount digital images and very large posters.
  • Sintra – made of plastic with a low gloss satin finished surface.  This lightweight PVC board is highly rigid and impact resistant.


Dry mounting is a considered to be a permanent technique that cannot be reversed.  It is highly recommended that this method should not be used for original artwork of monetary or sentimental value.  Other options include canvas prints, gallery (stretched canvas) mounts and back-lit art displays.


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