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I have a vinyl plastic raised relief map that needs to be mounted for framing.  The size is 39 x 27. We've tried liquid sure-mount, spray adhesive (commercial grade general mist adhesive from silaprene), and had no luck, it seems to just peel right back off. Each time we've adhered it to the foam board it's been weighted and left to sit for at least 48 hours each time. My customer is getting anxious any way you can help? Thanks so much, Andrea

I'm not sure I've run into this material before, unless maybe you mean Tyvek? Assuming it is vinyl, you need an adhesive formulated specifically for that type of material. Check with a local home improvement center or a wallpaper store for an adhesive meant for vinyl wallpaper.

Also, if you have a vacuum press that may help with the adhesion. Just put it in the press under vacuum, no heat, for about five minutes. If it is raised, not flat, use a foam overlay on top of it.  

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David Lantrip, MCPF, GCF


I can answer questions about all aspects of framing, with special emphasis on preservation framing. Categories of artwork include works of art on paper, needlework, textiles, paintings on canvas and three-dimensional objects. Components of framing includes frames, glass/glazing, mats, mounting, their features and how to select them.


I have been a professional picture framer and educator in the field since 1994, including framing education for a major franchisor encompassing three brands and the Professional Picture Framers Association, and writing and teaching for DECOR Magazine.

Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) > Board member, PPFA > Member, Certification Board > Member, Chapter relations Committee National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)

DECOR Magazine, 2005 - 2010 PPFA For Members Only newsletter Member of the PPFA Guidelines task force, assisted in writing PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Paper and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Canvas, and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework. Picture Framing Magazine, 2012

Georgia State University, many classes as a student and educator through the Professional Picture Framers Association and DECOR Magazine. Current member of the PPFA guidelines task force and certification board.

Awards and Honors
Earned Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation in 1996, Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designation in 2004 and Guild Commended Framer (GCF) status in 2008.

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