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Question asked 2017-05-02 07:32:24 ...
Most recent comment 2017-05-17 23:25:55
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I like to use Beva 371 film to mount oil-primed linen to tempered hardboard. It usually works great, but sometimes I'll have a spot or two right on the edge of the panel where the linen just doesn't want to adhere, and remains loose. Going back over these spots with my tacking iron never seems to help.
I always adhere the Beva film to the panel first, and then mount the linen. Would it be better to start by attaching the film to the linen? Or, could I take out some "insurance" by attaching a layer of film to *both* the linen and the panel?
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While BEVA film can be a wonderful product, we have experienced "good and bad" moments with the stuff and are not always sure why this occurs (possibly each batch that is prepared is slightly different). We have found that BEVA film is most successful when used in multiples or together with liquid BEVA. I am including instructions that we have in our "Rigid Supports" document in the Resources section that you might find useful:
Apply one to two even coats of dilute BEVA adhesive (thin cream consistency) to the panel after cleaning the surface and two coats to the reverse of the canvas (wear adequate protection as solvents are required). If you are using BEVA film it is better to use two sheets of film as opposed to one, although one sheet may be able to provide enough adhesion. Place the film with the BEVA-side facing the panel (or canvas if you are using two sheets) without removing the silicone-coated Mylar and apply heat evenly using an iron (BEVA adhesive requires a temperature of around 65.6 degrees Celsius to be re-activated). Weight down the surface until the BEVA has cooled and then carefully peel away the silicone-coated Mylar (NOTE: If you attempt to remove the Mylar too soon you will pull up the BEVA). If you are using two sheets, repeat this process with the other sheet of BEVA film when applying to the reverse of the canvas support (consider placing silicone-release paper/Mylar beneath the canvas when applying heat, silicone side facing up). Then position your canvas directly atop the BEVA film, place silicone-release paper/Mylar (silicone side facing down) atop the canvas, and apply heat. If you are using BEVA adhesive simply wait for the coats of BEVA to dry (in a well ventilated space) and repeat the aforementioned step. If you experience difficulties using BEVA film try applying a coat of adhesive to the back of the canvas or switch to the adhesive altogether.
Yes this has been our experience with the film...very glad to hear it is working better!
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