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Old 07-05-2009, 11:16 PM   #1  
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Hello, all. I recently bought a set of mounted stamps that had been poorly trimmed, to the point of the mounting foam being cut at an angle and undermining the stamp image. I actually have to rock the stamp to get a clean impression all around the edges. Very frustrating, to say the least.

I know that you can nuke the stamps to remove them from the block, and I am pretty sure I can get the old foam off the rubber, but does anyone know if I can get replacement foam to remount them onto their blocks? I don't want to unmount and EZ mount them, I prefer to keep them on their blocks.

Any suggestions or leads on suppliers would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:30 AM   #2  
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You can buy mounting foam from many different companies, I've purchased from a couple and was real happy with this one for the product and price. Their cost of total order to get free shipping is real good compared some.

http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/...oducts_id/2386
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Thanks Roxie! I need to get some of this, too!
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Thank you, Roxie, for yoru suggestion. That is exactly what I am looking for. The shipping for this particular company is excessive, IMO ($10.00 for 2 sheets to Canada) but I am sure now that I will be able to hunt down what I am looking for.
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I didn't notice you were in Canada and I also discovered the free shipping per amount spent has gone up at CHF since I last ordered. But they sold the foam for less per sheet than anyone I could find when I last made a purchase.

Good luck in your search! This product goes by so many different names which makes the search even more difficult.
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It looks like it might be a flat rate...I am sure I could find something else good to make it more reasonable. I love the CHF stamps and am pretty sure that I could find something.
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I had a similar thing happen. I bought a set that was so poorly mounted that I had no choice to unmount them. I had little problem getting the rubber off the wood/old foam. And I had the appropriate foam to remount them on the blocks (adhesive on both sides). And I could trim them the way I wanted them. The problem was that I could not get the old adhesive off the wood blocks. And since I had trimmed my images more closely than the previous owner, there were a lot of spaces were the rubber used to be that now it would not. No matter what I used (Un-Du, goo gone, sanding, etc) I could not get that glue-y mess off. I finally gave up and put EZ Mount on the rubber and use them as unmounteds. So just be aware that this could be an issue for you too.

p.s. I have learned my lesson and now no longer buy sets on e*bay unless I get to see a photo of the rubber side of the stamps to see how well they are trimmed and mounted.
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Red face me too!

I have had this problem also. I just used a box cutter w/a fresh blade and recut the stamp while still attached to the block. There is some sticky area left were the excess was cut off but didn't really bother me. I just hate when I have that shadow line from excess rubber.
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Well the images are well trimmed closely, but the foam is cut at an angle under the rubber so it doesn't get the pressure when I make an impression unless I rock it. I HATE smudged images.
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Have you considered going unmounted? You should just be able to peel the rubber away and them mount the rubber only on mounting foam and then use clear acrylic blocks

Good luck - I hope you are able to save them!
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