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Postby msunix on Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:52 pm

I received a poster via usps in a tube. Im afraid to take it out and look at it b/c im afraid of rolling it again hen unrolling it at the framers. How often of careful is ok? Im really prtective of this thing and dont want to take chances but i want to look at it!!!
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Postby mfaith on Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:56 pm

I take stuff out of the tube immediately, and don't put it back in. Tubes are just not good storage. The least amount of time in a tube the better.
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Postby IWish on Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:25 pm

Indeed. Tubes are okay for short-term storage.

I understand your fears handling your print...I've been there. I was sweating bullets the first time I rolled/packed a tube. Take that print out to look at it! It's just a matter of a gentle hand when rolling prints. You'll be fine. :wink:
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Postby mfaith on Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:56 pm

IWish wrote:Tubes are okay for short-term storage.

And see i even disagree with that. Get that thing out of a tube as quick as you can lol. The two days in transit (USPS) is about as long as I can stand my prints in a tube. If you're worried about transportation to the framers, you don't need to put it in a tube for that. Get two of the biggest pieces of foamcore boards from Michaels (30x40 usually), and a 6 pack of binder clips. Voila, foamcore sandwhich, and universal print transportation device. :pint:
Can even serve as storage for a handful of prints if you don't have a flat file. I have like 3 or 4 pairs of those things. They're very useful.
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Postby IWish on Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:14 pm

In the past, I've gotten behind removing prints from tubes. I've had prints in tubes up to 2 months and they were fine. Mind you, if the paper is really thick it takes longer for them to flatten.

I always flatten my prints prior to taken them to the framer. I also use the foam board sandwich w/clips to transport prints. I flatten the prints myself because they're just easier to handle at the frame shop. You don't want a curled print when selecting frames/mats at the shop.
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Postby ciphe on Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:00 pm

IWish wrote:In the past, I've gotten behind removing prints from tubes. I've had prints in tubes up to 2 months and they were fine. Mind you, if the paper is really thick it takes longer for them to flatten.

I always flatten my prints prior to taken them to the framer. I also use the foam board sandwich w/clips to transport prints. I flatten the prints myself because they're just easier to handle at the frame shop. You don't want a curled print when selecting frames/mats at the shop.


hmmm what would be my best option to flatten them?
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Postby mfaith on Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:02 pm

ciphe wrote:
IWish wrote:In the past, I've gotten behind removing prints from tubes. I've had prints in tubes up to 2 months and they were fine. Mind you, if the paper is really thick it takes longer for them to flatten.

I always flatten my prints prior to taken them to the framer. I also use the foam board sandwich w/clips to transport prints. I flatten the prints myself because they're just easier to handle at the frame shop. You don't want a curled print when selecting frames/mats at the shop.


hmmm what would be my best option to flatten them?

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Postby ivxx4all on Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:24 pm

ciphe wrote:
IWish wrote:In the past, I've gotten behind removing prints from tubes. I've had prints in tubes up to 2 months and they were fine. Mind you, if the paper is really thick it takes longer for them to flatten.

I always flatten my prints prior to taken them to the framer. I also use the foam board sandwich w/clips to transport prints. I flatten the prints myself because they're just easier to handle at the frame shop. You don't want a curled print when selecting frames/mats at the shop.


hmmm what would be my best option to flatten them?


You can use that same foamcore sandwich with a little weight on top to flatten them
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Postby mfaith on Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:27 pm

I only laughed because it seemed like an obvious setup to pitch iWish's poster weights :lol:
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Postby IWish on Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:29 am

Ha! Well, believe it or not because of the noob status of the OP...I was picturing him/her using the old stand-by using dvd's, glass mugs etc to flatten. It didn't cross my mind to pitch selling bags when I posted. I don't like to be aggressive/obnoxious about selling - that's not why I come to this forum. I figure the links in my signature are sufficient.
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