Products and Specifications
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 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.
Bring a creative touch to preservation framing with archival specialty surfaces that offer the ultimate combination of protection and style.
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.
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.
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 Mat & Mountboard Specifications
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.
An alkaline pH of 8.9 +/-.4 indicated using TAPPI Method T-509 om-88 cold extraction on slurried pulp.
Alkaline reserve of 3-5% measured by ANSI IT9.2-1991. Sec 5.2.
Contains molecular traps synthesized specifically for adsorption of air pollution gasses and degradative by-products of artwork, photographic media and wood mouldings.
Fade resistance established using a Xenon Fadometer in accordance with ASTM D3424. Alphamat colors exhibit less than 2.5 point brightness shift.
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.