Which sticky tape for negative mask?

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I'm about to try unsharp masking. Would much appreciate recommendations for best kind of tape to stick the mask to the negative. Many thanks to all who make this board so helpful!

-- Yaakov Asher Sinclair (sinclair@actcom.co.il), May 13, 2002


For overlays that we do at work sometimes, we use silver mylar tape. It is very thin and VERY sticky. It is made by Scotch and is #850. We get it in 1/4" and 1/2". If you stick it to the emulsion though by mistake, it will take the emusion with it when peeled up!!!!

-- Scott Walton (walton@ll.mit.edu), May 13, 2002.

As per Howard Bond's rec., I've been using ordinary Scotch brand 'Magic' tape for years with no problems. It can be safely removed.

-- Bruce Pottorff (B4X5@aol.com), May 13, 2002.

I took Howard Bond's class and he used ordinary Scotch (3M) Magic tape. It is removable; I don't know anything about its archival qualities nor its availability in Israel. Its main attribute for masking is that it is removable; i.e., it does not stick very very but holding two negative together does not need much power. So any similar tape would would work I suppose.

-- John Hennessy (northbayassociates@earthlink.net), May 14, 2002.

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