Hanging a Metal print with no frame?

2 months 2 weeks ago #738262 by Stacy Craig
You don't need a frame with a metal print right?   If that is true, how could one hang such a print?  I have a client who doesn't want a frame and wants the print flush to the wall, however I'm not sure how they would hang it, if no frame? 


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2 months 2 weeks ago #738268 by TCav
If, by "flush to the wall", you mean that the front surface of the print is flush with the surface of the wall, you'd need to create an indentation in the wall to encompass the thickness of the print, in which case you could simply make the indentation deep enough to encompass the thickness of the device you used to hang it.

On the other hand, if by "flush to the wall", you mean that the back surface of the print is flat up against the surface of the wall, you might try carpet tape, but make sure the wall is completely flat. Drywall will shift and buckle with changes in temperature and especially humidity, which may cause the carpet tape to fail, so you might need to use something like cementboard instead.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #738326 by Stacy Craig
Hey thanks TCav, yes you got it right.  They want it flush on the wall.  Would double sided 3M tape work?  The crummy part, if they want to remove, that will be a huge PITA.  But I just don't see any other way? 


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2 months 2 weeks ago #738348 by TCav

Stacy Craig wrote: Hey thanks TCav, yes you got it right.  They want it flush on the wall.  Would double sided 3M tape work?  The crummy part, if they want to remove, that will be a huge PITA.  But I just don't see any other way? 


I'd stick with carpet tape.

Just make sure it's level before you press.

And if they want to remove it, make sure you're long gone. On regular drywall, the paper will tear, so use cementboard so only the paint will get messed up.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #738388 by Stacy Craig

TCav wrote:

Stacy Craig wrote: Hey thanks TCav, yes you got it right.  They want it flush on the wall.  Would double sided 3M tape work?  The crummy part, if they want to remove, that will be a huge PITA.  But I just don't see any other way? 


I'd stick with carpet tape.

Just make sure it's level before you press.

And if they want to remove it, make sure you're long gone. On regular drywall, the paper will tear, so use cementboard so only the paint will get messed up.


OK, thank you for the tips!  So expect the paint to get messed up IF they need that removed.  


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2 months 2 weeks ago #738390 by icepics
As a photographer you need to learn more about this... If/when they take it down and it tears up their wall a few years from now, who do you think they're going to blame?? Do you really want to deal with this potentially pissed off client again someday? (No, you don't!)

Learn options and offer suggestions that can give them the look they want and make sure they understand why (so it doesn't ruin the wall). Metal prints seem to be a somewhat more recent trend; I would expect it will only last so long. Then people won't want these and want something else, and discover what you provided to them causes them to have to repaint the wall...

Try maybe Adorama, or Samy's, that have info. and tutorials etc. available. Be as well informed as you can rather than jumping into pleasing them now and regretting it later.

Sharon
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2 months 2 weeks ago #738487 by No Show
True, and agree.  Educate your client, so they know the risks, and then just move forward.  

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2 months 1 week ago #738644 by lightcapture
I'd install a rectangular frame on the back smaller than the metal print or use recessed styrofoam blocks to create a negative space where the print floats in front of the wall one inch.


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2 months 6 days ago #738820 by Stacy Craig
Thank you everyone, very helpful! 


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2 months 2 days ago #738950 by Ian Stone
3M Double Sided tape will do the trick 


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