Dry mounting is a permanent mounting process where the art is glued to a substrate or mounting board, using heat and pressure. A tissue type adhesive is placed between the art and the mounting board. This combination is then inserted into a vacuum press and heated to activate the adhesive while the press applies pressure.
If a piece of art is to be conservation framed then dry mounting cannot be used, since it would adversely affect the value of the art. Dry mounting is used when the aesthetic appearance of the art warrants it to be flat.
With dry mounting there is always a slight risk of something going wrong, typically, an inexpensive replaceable movie poster, art poster or music poster would be good examples of items that would be dry mounted.
This video shows a typical drymounting procedure
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