Back in 2010 at the 2nd International Mountmaking Forum, I recall a discussion concerning some sort of shrink-tube substitute that was in a powder or granule form. The mount was pre-heated, then dipped or rolled in this material which was then melted onto the mount by applying more heat. I remember it was sold in a fairly large quantity. I also remember a discussion through the forum about this stuff, but I have since lost that information through a computer change-over.
Can anyone provide me with a name and a source? Also, if any of you are using this material I’d be interested in hearing your opinion on its use.
Steve Briscoe 9/19/13
It was called Plascoat and the batch that we all shared failed Oddy although previous lots had passed. We haven't pursued it further but it was damn handy while it lasted. I'd be willing to pay for a part order and have the Oddy test done by our conservators.
Steve BriscoeCollections Preparator Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607 510-318-8477
This is what was discussed at the forum. I can't speak for the ODDY testing, but I can say that it takes a bit of practice to get this to coat evenly. When properly applied, it works great and looks even better. I only use it for tiny spider mounts. It has a softer grab compared to B72.
James Gielow Senior Mount Maker / Associate Registrar The San Diego Museum of Art
Field, George RBCM:EX
Did you do an Oddy test or are you referring to the test done by a member in New Zealand, (her name escapes me now).
Plascoat Vitroguard is no longer being manufactured. This is a very similar product
I have experimented with it and has very similar working properties. But we have not Oddy tested yet.
Philip Brutz Mount Maker Exhibition Production The Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1797
T 216-707-2617 F 216-707-6687
Field, George RBCM:EX
Hello Philip and all,
When the discussion about Plascoat Vitroguard 12 started a few weeks back I emailed the supplier/importer in Quebec to ask if it was still available, I have been off on vacation and while away got a response from her, as follows
Good day George,
Product: Vitroguard 12
Quantity: 20 kg = 1 box
Payment Terms: Credit Card (Visa or Master Card)
Shipping Terms: UPS pre-paid and Add
Hoping this is satisfactory.
Punda Mercantile Inc.
So it is still available, because it is being sold from Canada into the States there will be customs charges, so remember to work that all out before you order it, and with the minimum quantity you will want to do a group order. From earlier conversations with Rosa there are also similar products in different colors available. And when we got the last order a few years back we did an Oddy test on it and it did well for us. And PS, Rosa Perullo has been at times a bit short to deal with but in time she warms up.