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  • Adhering Muslin or Linen to ACM for use with Traditional Gesso and Egg TemperaApproveRejectUn-ApproveSubscribeUn-Unsubscribe
    Question asked 2019-04-21 12:03:40 ... Most recent comment 2019-04-22 17:46:37
    Animal Glue Acrylic Art Conservation Topics Egg Tempera Grounds / Priming Rigid Supports Sizes and Adhesives

    I'm looking for more panel advice, in this case to adhere Muslin or Linen to Aluminum Coposite Material. In my case Honeycomb aluminum for use with traditional gesso and egg tempera. I've heard BEVA works well but I hope to use at a scale of 30"x30" to 50"x50" and I don't have a heat press. Any thoughts? Or PVA could work: I've used Gamblin PVA to size linen in the past but that seems too watery for adhereing cloth to the ACM. Is there a good PVA Gel or glue? Finally, I've used Acrylic gel medium to glue paper to wood panels, could Acrylic gel adhere cloth to ACM? Thank you! - Eli

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  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    I am waiting on a response from a moderator more familiar with ACM and aluminum panels used as painting substrates. Additionally, I do not know if your honeycomb aluminum panel has the same polyester coating as other ACM panels. The existence (or lack thereof) of such a coating would have a profound effect on how the panel should be prepared.

    Brian Baade
    2019-04-22 17:27:59
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    ​We are still evaulating different ways to adhere textiles to aluminum composite material (ACM) panels for the purpose of applying a traditional gesso or chalk ground (animal collagen and filler) over the fabric. We have use the following methods with success:

    1. Animal colagen glue is applied to the lightly-sanded surface coating of ACM, and a fine, open weave textile impregnated with the glue is applied over the glue size.

    2. BEVA 371 film is applied to the lightly-sanded surface coating of ACM and the textile adhered to the panel.

    3. Rublev Colours Mounting Adhesive was used to adhere the textile to the panel. This adhesive is based on a VAE dispersion used in conservation for adhering textiles.

    We have tested each of these methods of adhering textiles to ACM and then applying a traditional ground. We only applied the adhesive to the veneer that had a polyester coating. The adhesion was good, but we have not yet finished accelerated ageing tests.

    George O'Hanlon
    2019-04-22 17:46:37

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