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    Question asked 2019-04-10 10:18:39 ... Most recent comment 2019-04-10 11:54:08
    Acrylic Art Conservation Topics Rigid Supports


    I usually paint small and use either dibond or plywood panels. I am about to start a larger piece (in acrylics): 60x100cm and I wonder which support should be better. Dibond is lighter but isn't it more fragile and ready to bend? Heavy outdoor plywood is obviously very heavy but looks stronger to me. What do you think? Thank you.

    Best regards,

    Thomas Ehretsmann (France)

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    ​Although aluminum composite material (ACM—Dibond is a tradename for one brand) is susceptible to edge damage and in large sizes can sag under its own weight, it is a better support overall than plywood.

    Plywood is susceptible to checking, plies can delaminate and eventually plies can crack in a washboard pattern. There are ACM panels with corrugated or honeycomb cores that are lightweight and more rigid and eliminate most of the problems with soldi-core ACM.

    George O'Hanlon
    2019-04-10 11:54:08

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