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Mounting and Lamination

GSB Digital offers a full range of mounting and lamination materials and techniques to protect and enhance your products. We carefully review your design specifications, the amount of time your product will be displayed, and the intended purpose of the display. That way, our print experts can offer you the best substrate and solution for your needs. See below for more on our options.

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Mounting Substrates

Foam Core

Foam core is a lightweight board made of polystyrene foam that is pressed between high-quality paperboard liners.

Recommended For: Short Term Use, Signage 20″ x 30″ or smaller

Ultra Board

Ultra Board is designed for interior use and is favored for its durability. The dent-resistant styrene liners are secured to the foam center with an industrial bond that keeps the panel flat and rigid.

Recommended For: Short Term Use, Eco-Conscience Project

Coroplast (Corrugated Plastic)

Coroplast is tougher than corrugated fiberboard and lighter than an extruded plastic sheet – making it ideal for indoor and outdoor graphic applications. It is also waterproof and stain-resistant.

Recommended For: Real Estate Signage, Project needing to be lightweight, stage sets, Temporary outdoor signage.

Gator Board

Gator board is rigid polystyrene foam core laminated between two veneers of resin-infused paper fiber.

Recommended For: Projects when strength, rigidity, and warp resistance are needed.

Illustration Board

Illustration Boards have very smooth surfaces and are used primarily for pen-and-ink, mounting, transfer lettering, and graphic design.

Recommended For: Low profile signage, retail point of purchase displays, mounted prints

Sintra (Dense Plastic)

Sintra is lightweight PVC board with a low gloss satin finished surface. Durable for interior and exterior applications with a high aversion to water.

Recommended For: Art archival projects, exhibit booths, cutouts, and photo mounting.

Dibond (Metal)

Dibond mounting is an archival, lightweight alternative to aluminum and gives the same sleek look. Weighing less than half that of aluminum, this material is composed of a dark plastic core with a thin layer of aluminum coated on each side.

Recommended For: Custom mounting of interior designs, exhibition displays, and exterior signage

Acrylic

Acrylic is more impact resistant and half the weight of glass, making them ideal for household remodeling, renovations, or protecting expensive surfaces.

Recommended For: Custom mounting of second surface prints,  interior designs, gallery prints, and signage

Mounting Material Specs

Below are the common mounting materials we have readily available.

Mounting Color Options 1/8″ 3/16″ 1/4 3/8″ 1/2″ 1″ 2mm 3mm” 6mm” 50pt
Foam Core White & Black X X X
Ultra Board White X X
Coroplast White & Custom X X X
Dibond Metallic & Custom X
Mounting Color Options 1/8″ 3/16″ 1/4 3/8″ 1/2″ 1″ 2mm 3mm” 6mm” 50pt
Gator Board White & Black X X X
Illustration Board White & Black X
Sintra White & Custom X X
Acrylic Clear & Custom X  X X

Lamination

Lamination involves applying one side of the photo a thin layer of plastic, which protects the photos finish as well as making it tougher. Encapsulation is the plastic sheets being applied to the front and the back of the photo to seal the edges. The photo is completely encased in sheets of plastic. We offer several thicknesses of lamination including 3 Mil, 6 Mil, and 10 Mil with Matte, Glossy or Luster surfaces.

Lamination 1.7 MIL 3 MIL 5 MIL 10 MIL
Gloss x x x x
Matte x x x
Soft Touch x x
Dry Erase x

Hanging Options

Grommets
Wooden or Metal Cleats
Velcro Strips
Framing

All framing is done on a custom basis. There is a 3-4 week turn around time on framing.

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