Artcare Age-Defying Mattboards

Products and Specifications

Alpharag Artcare

Alpharag Artcare

For those who prefer cotton rag, Alpharag Artcare offers the best selection of museum quality cotton matboards, in a comprehensive range of colors, sizes and ply options.

Alphamat Artcare

Alphamat Artcare

Alphamat has the widest selection of museum-quality preservation matboards available. It offers the most up-to-date colors on a solid white core, plus a unique selection of solid and color core options.

Alphamat Artcare Specialties

Alphamat Artcare Specialties

Bring a creative touch to preservation framing with archival specialty surfaces that offer the ultimate combination of protection and style.

Artcare Archival Foamboard

Artcare Archival Foamboard

Many acid-free foamboards claim to be archival, but only Artcare Archival Foamboard is proven in lab studies to neutralize gases and protect artwork. Available in regular or 100% cotton rag surface; with Restore reversible adhesive; and also in solid black.

Alphamount Artcare

Alphamount Artcare

A pure alpha-cellulose mounting board that outperforms standard mounting products for hinging and protection. Available in 2-ply barrier paper, and standard 4-ply mountboard thickness.

Artcare Archival Corrugate

Artcare Archival Corrugate

Unlike standard corrugate, which is acidic and contains harmful lignins, Artcare Archival corrugate is the only fillerboard that provides Artcare protection. With 100% museum quality components, it captures pollutants that enter the back of a framed piece.

Artcare Standards


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Artcare Mat & Mountboard Specifications

Furnish:

100% virgin alpha-cellulose fiber or 100% virgin cotton rag fiber which meets the most stringent standards for stability and permanence. Tests conducted in accordance with TAPPI Method T-236 om-85 indicate the board to be free of groundwood and lignin.

pH value:

An alkaline pH of 8.9 +/-.4 indicated using TAPPI Method T-509 om-88 cold extraction on slurried pulp.

Buffer:

Alkaline reserve of 3-5% measured by ANSI IT9.2-1991. Sec 5.2.

Molecular Traps:

Contains molecular traps synthesized specifically for adsorption of air pollution gasses and degradative by-products of artwork, photographic media and wood mouldings.

Color Fastness:

Fade resistance established using a Xenon Fadometer in accordance with ASTM D3424. Alphamat colors exhibit less than 2.5 point brightness shift.

Bleed Resistance:

No bleed visible after 48-hour submersion using method FACTS EXPMMB-2000 Sec.10.03.

Resistance to Aging:

Samples tested in air circulation oven for 12 days at 100ºC and for 10 days in temperature humidity chamber at 100ºF and 90% relative humidity. All board components remained unchanged in appearance and strength.

Sizing & Adhesives:

Water-based alkaline adhesive with no solvents is used to adhere component parts of Alphamat boards.

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