How to glue a poster to poster board

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You don't have to deal with messy glue and tedious application methods to attach a poster to poster board with excellent results. Spray adhesive is an excellent choice for poster board projects. Spry adhesive is easy to apply to all kinds of board, whether you are using standard board or rigid foam core. Spray adhesive is designed to apply evenly. It gives you a strong bond, will not bleed through your poster and it is available in different forms, including semi-permanent and multipurpose.

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Things you need

  • Poster
  • Poster board
  • Spray adhesive
  • Smooth-edged craft stick
  • Scrap paper

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    Shake your can of spray adhesive and prepare to test its application qualities on a piece of scrap paper. Do this either outside or in a well-ventilated area. Hold the spray adhesive can six to eight inches from the scrap paper and spray it in a sweeping motion. Look for an even and uniform coating with no clumps.

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    Place your poster on a larger piece of scrap paper with the side you plan to display facing down. It doesn't matter what kind of scrap paper you use. Newsprint works just as well as waxed paper; just make sure that the paper is flat, smooth and clean. This should be done in a well-ventilated area or outdoors.

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    Spray the back of your poster, moving slowly but uniformly across the surface. Making sure to coat the entire surface of your poster and spray past the edges. Don't worry about getting adhesive on the scrap paper. Doing so will ensure that the back of your poster is coated from edge to edge.

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    Prepare your poster board and wait approximately 30 seconds before moving your poster. Pick up your poster as gently as possible. It is fine to grip the edges lightly, as the adhesive will remain intact. Apply the tacky side of your poster to the poster board by laying it down very lightly. Again, be gentle and do not press the poster board onto the poster board yet.

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    Press the poster onto the poster board with a smooth-edged craft stick, bone folder or any smoothing tool. Start at the top of the poster and work your way down. Use a firm and even hand. Make sure to give extra attention to the edges of your poster to prevent them from curling up. Set the poster aside until dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a semi-permanent spray adhesive if you think you will need to reposition or remove your poster from the poster board.
  • Avoid pressing down too hard with the smoothing tool when securing the poster onto the poster board. Smoothing tools are designed to protect the surfaces they are applied to, but pressing too hard can leave marks on the poster.
  • Always make sure the nozzle is pointed away from you when using spray adhesive.

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