Printed Panels

Everything you need to display or frame printed panels

Sublimated prints on metal panels and other substrates are increasingly popular for both photo gift and fine art photography.

These fabulous images on metal look great floating away from the wall.

Working with leading metal print manufacturers, we have developer our elegant Aluminium Sub Frame Profiles. They bond to the back of a panel to space it away from the wall, keep it flat and provide options for safe and secure hanging.

The aluminium profile is joined to make a sub-frame using LION's unique moulded push-in corners. They have a combination of curves that create a slight concave at the contact face. Aluminium panels can flex in transit and if this happens, a sub-frames with sharp mitred corners can create dimples in the surface of the panel.

The corners are moulded in a light grey colour which tones with the aluminium profile. When customers flip over their art print, they'll find a sleep, professional finish on the back. The sub frame gives them an easy and safe way to hang their picture on normal picture hooks, or it can be secured using T Screws.

Choose your finished style and we'll show you how...

  • Panel Hanging Plates

    Quick & simple

    Hang straight onto the wall by applying one or two self-adhesive plates.

    - Range of sizes
    - Takes from 1kg - 8kg
    - Bond directly to the panel

    Watch: Fitting Self-Adhesive Panel Hanging Plates

  • Sub Frame Profiles

    Quick, simple & more rigid

    Add depth and rigidity by attaching a Sub-Frame to the back of the panel.

    - 2 profiles to float away from the wall by 15mm or 25mm
    - Use quick & easy push-in hardware
    - Easily hang in a variety of ways

    Watch: Attaching a Mitre-Cut Sub-Frame

  • Art Frames

    Concealed panel edges

    Give a refined finish with an aluminium Art Frame,
    where the rebate hides the panel edges.

    - Large range of profiles, including AluWood, wrapped in real wood veneers.
    - Hardware kit for easy joining and hanging

    Watch: Framing Printed Panels with an Aluminium Art Frame

  • Tray Frames

    Creates a shadow effect

    Frame in a contemporary style by creating a shadow gap between the panel and frame.

    - 2 profiles in 3 popular finishes
    - Hardware kit for easy joining & hanging
    - Panel sits in the tray created

    Watch: Assembling an Aluminium Art Tray Frame

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Chop Service for aluminium

Aluminium profiles can only be cut on a saw fitted with special blades.

For PSP's and Photolabs who don't necessarily have this specialist equipment the best way to order is through our Chop Service. You can order all our aluminium frame profiles and sub frame profiles mitre-cut to your required size.

You can now order our SUB15 profiles with the ends cut square for use with our new Plastic Push-In Corners. Order your assembly & hanging accessories separately.

Order our SUB15 Mill Finish with adhesive tape already applied. Order in lengths, mitre cut or square cut.

Cutting Equipment

If you're producing aluminium frames or sub frames in volume we can also supply you with the right cutting equipment.
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How to Assemble & Attach a Sub-Frame

Choose the easy to use corner hardware that is compatible with your sub-frame (see table below).  We recommend our Moulded Push-In Corners for our SUB15 and SUB25 profiles - just ensure that ends are square-cut rather than mitred.  You can now order square cut, mitre cut, square cut pre-taped and mitre cut pre-taped on our Chop Service (as well as ordering in lengths).

1. Slot in the corner hardware, joining 3 sides to make a 'U' shape.

2. Join the final side to make a completed sub-frame.  Moulded Push-In Corners (square cut) and Steel Push-In Corners (mitre cut) are simply pushed in.  If using our Double-Plate Corner Hardware you will need a screwdriver to tighten the screws.

3. Prepare the rear surface of the printed panel with our Solvent Wipes, to aid bond.

4. Adhere Heavy Duty (HD) Bonding Tape onto each side of the sub-frame to be attached to the printed panel.  If using our pre-taped SUB15 profile you can simply peel away the release paper and adhere to the panel.

What's the difference between our Heavy Duty (HD) Bonding Tape and the Pre-Applied Adhesive Tape on our SUB15 profile?

Our own HD tape is very thick, 0.7mm. We supply this because this makes it well suited to hand application.  It has excellent adhesive qualities and is easily utilised on surfaces that aren't completely flat and smooth.

The adhesive tape that is pre-applied to our SUB15 Mill Finish profile is much thinner, 0.16mm.  This makes it 'saw-friendly' - it doesn't gum up the saw blades.  This tape is applied with pressure.  It is also wider so there is a greater adhesive surface area on the same sized sub-frame.  This does mean, however, that this tape should only be used on perfectly flat, smooth surfaces.

We have carried out internal tests on the pre-applied tape and found that:

  • A 260 x 190mm sub-frame (170cm² tape contact area) - failed at 32kg after curing for 1 hour
  • A 600 x 410mm sub-frame (350cm² tape contact area) - failed at 82kg after curing for 24 hours

Note: Load test weights are not guaranteed.

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How to Assemble an Aluminium Frame

se Double Plate Hardware in each corner. The top plate contains grub screws which force the plates apart when tightened to hold the corner firmly in place.

1. Slot in the L Plates, joining 3 sides to make a 'U' shape.

2. For Art Frames slide the panel into the U and fit the fourth side. Align the corners as you tighten the screws. Fit Bow Springs into place. For Tray Frames adhere the panel into the tray formed by the L Shaped Profile using Heavy Duty (HD) Bonding Tape.

3. To smooth and finish the corners of Art Frames, stroke the shank of a screwdriver from front to back.

See all Hardware & Accessories for assembling and hanging Printed Panel displays.