and current technical specifications please refer to the makers web
sites: (search Colourmount or Arquadia or Timecare), and if in doubt
about the suitability of any board please seek advice.
Mount Board Specification
What do conservation, standard, and acid-free white core mean? And what is Museum board?
There are different types of board we can cut mounts from. Specifications differ between manufacturers but for the sake of simplicity we have divided these into these main categories of board; "Standard" and "Conservation/Acid Free", plus Museum.
Conservation / Acid Free
The mounts we sell in our standard (budget) board
category are neutral ph, as are the more expensive black-core, and the board is made by Slater-Harrison Colourmount.
These boards usually have a cream/off-white core (the part you see in the bevel) and this category also includes boards with a solid black or coloured core.
Suitable where economy is important.
This is our "budget" board. 1200 to 1250 micron thickness (1.2 to 1.25 mm)
Summary: Where price is the main issue choose this option. Low cost, suitable for resellers and volume buyers, saves money, does a basic job at a low price.
Makers and trade organisations change/update their standards and definitions of what is "conservation" and what isn't from time to time. If you are not sure, these guidelines will give you a good idea which type of board you might need. If in doubt opt for acid free/conservation.
The reason there is a disclaimer below is because I seemed to be having to re-write mountboard specifications every fortnight to keep the description accurate each and every time one or another manufacturer changed their idea on what was, or wasn't "conservation" board. Often because of the latest whim of the fine art trade guild.
For full and current technical specifications please refer to the makers web sites: (search Colourmount, Timecare and Arquadia), and if in doubt about the suitability of any board please seek independent advice.
Exact colour matches can change slightly from batch to batch.
mounts we sell in the conservation/white core category are acid-free and
the board we use for these is mostly made by Arquadia.
The term "conservation" refers to the protection the board offers the artwork. Also see environmental info
Dark colours may be called "acid free white core" board, and the paler colours will usually be called "white core conservation" by the makers.
Both of these have a white core, just like it says on the tin, and are slightly thicker than standard mounts (1400 micron).
They are essentially the same but the face papers (the part not in contact with the art anyway) may have different fade or bleed properties - so we have placed them in the same "acid-free/conservation" category to keep it simple.
Summary: Will offer some degree of protection for the artwork when framed, so if in doubt choose this option. (For valuable or precious items, seek advice)
Arqadia boards: PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody accreditations from BM TRADA Certification Ltd. These schemes provide assurance mechanisms to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are purchasing wood produced in a sustainable way.