Linen backing, washing, bleaching, paper replacement, tape removal, filling in fold lines, air brushing and shrink wrap framing.
Linen backing is technically reversible. It is certainly possible to re-back a poster without too many problems. But if a poster is demounted, it will not return to its original condition.
Linen backing is commonly an accepted form of preservation and restoration of original vintage movie posters, especially those that were shipped to the theatres folded. It is also a way to preserve a variety of other paper posters including travel posters, war bond posters, sports posters and concert posters.
Linen backing is a process whereby a poster is mounted to Japanese Masa paper with acid free paste and the Masa paper is mounted to an acid free cotton canvas. Linen backing flattens the poster, preserves the poster and makes the poster more durable. During this process the poster can be cleaned, water damage reversed, paper replaced and fold lines filled in.
Linen backing enhances the appearance of a movie poster making it flat and easier to frame. It also allows our artist to restore the damage and wear and tear that occurs over the years. (see Before and After section in gallery)
In our studio we have the ability to linen back pieces up to the size of a North American three-sheet movie poster, an English three-sheet, a French one panel or an Italian one panel.
Paper backing is the process whereby a poster is mounted to Japanese Masa paper only. This process is usually reserved for posters on heavy cardboard stock. The drawback to paper backing is the poster can never be rolled and must be stored and shipped flat.
Heavy stock posters can also be linen backed with little difficulty. However, in some rare cases heavy stock posters that are linen backed may not be perfectly flat at the end of the process.
After a movie poster is preserved and restored you may want to consider having it shrink wrapped. This type of framing is not only cost effective, but it ensures the posters remain flat and protected against dirt and smudges. To shrink wrap a poster you secure it to a heavy cardboard board with small pieces of tape or a spot of glue, you than put the poster board in a bag made of thin plastic film. The film is than melted with a heat gun until it is stretched air tight. The finished product is a light, durable framed poster that presents very well on a wall as there is minimal if any rippling. The value and integrity of the poster is also preserved.
If at any time in the future you want to sell the poster you can simply cut the plastic and remove the poster. There is no glass or wood to discard and perhaps most importantly, the cost is a fraction of traditional framing.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area and would like to find out more about shrink wrapping please send us an email at Dan@backingtothefuture.com.
Linen Backing and Paper Backing
We use a 14 ounce Indian cotton canvas. This provides a durable solid foundation that can be easily rolled for shipping and storage.
The paper used is a Japanese Masa paper that is acid free and makes for an excellent buffer between the movie poster and the canvas.
The glue is made from a wheat starch adhesive that is prepared by hand.
The pigments used are Stabilo Softcolour water soluable colour sticks. We also use Cotman Water Colours and other brands of paint when airbrushing is required.
Workable Fixative and/or Clear Matte is used to finish the poster and prevent smudging.
Shrink Wrap Framing
We use a half inch thick cardboard as the foundation.
The poster is secured to the board using a double sided tape or a spot of hot glue in each corner.
The border is a layer of white plastic tape and a layer of black masking tape.
The plastic is a 60 gram shrink-film.