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Anyone know how to get a bubble out of cardboard matting? Answered

I had a roof leak that dripped onto a matte I was preparing for a photo project. It has created a little bubble. 

I am wondering if anyone knows an easy way to fix this little trouble spot? I'd rather not have to get a whole new matte.

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mole1

Best Answer 3 years ago

It looks like both sides of the mat is bubbled, so I'm guessing it was caused by moisture. Given that everything around the bubble is glued down, I wouldn't have much hope, but here are some things you could try.

1) ironing. Some watercolorists flatten paintings by ironing them. I haven't tried this, but I have used it for curled laser printed cardstock. Put the inside of the curl down and stretch the paper (in the same direction it was printed in) as you iron it. Dry iron - no steam - Wool setting - my iron has a teflon surfaced Iron Safe on it (available at fabric stores) never iron on the printed side you will have toner on your iron. Put another piece of clean paper under what you are ironing just in case the toner melts

2) drizzle a tiny amount of school glue into the bubble and use a brayer to squeeze it out (starting at the bottom of the bubble - rolling toward the cut edge). You don't want a lump of glue under the surface. I've used this for whole paintings to glue them to board... not sure if it will work for a bubble.

3) steam the entire surface front and back, so the entire mat goes through the expansion process. Then put it between clean paper with weights on top for a day or so to make sure it cools/dries flat.

I hope something works for you.

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DanielU19mole1

Answer 3 years ago

thank you, yes it was caused by moisture from a roof leak. I will try your tips tonight!

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Wired_Misticeng

Answer 3 years ago

+2

Ironing seems to be your best option.

and Nice directions bud !

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DanielU19

3 years ago

great tips guys...i will give mole1's suggestions a try tonight. I really appreciate the advice and will report how it goes!

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Yonatan24

3 years ago

Will it be used as a white background? If yes, You can just turn up the exposure/white balance of the camera... :)

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rickharris

3 years ago

try a hair dryer

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rickharrisrickharris

Answer 3 years ago

I should add spray water on it to wet the area and dry with a hair dryer to shrink the surface covering.