How to setup and care for your Replica Surfaces

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How to setup and care for your Replica Surfaces

Setting up your Surfaces

With Replica Stands you can easily combine any two Surfaces to create an L-shaped setup. Click through for examples of each step.

Step1

Select one Surface to be the horizontal “table” and another to be the vertical “wall.” Place the horizontal Surface onto the table or floor you’ll be shooting on.

Step 2

Press Stands onto each side of the horizontal Surface and slide Stands into the position shown above.

Step 3

Slide the vertical Surface into the upright arms of the Stands so that the vertical Surface sits behind the horizontal Surface. The edge of the vertical Surface should rest on the table or floor, not on top of the horizontal Surface.

Correct Stand positioning. The vertical Surface will slide behind the horizontal Surface and rest on the table.

Incorrect Stand positioning. The vertical Surface will rest on top on the horizontal Surface. This position can cause a gap (as shown below). Slide Stands backward then slide your vertical Surface downward and into place.

If you're seeing a gap like this...

Typically, a gap is created when either: 

1. The vertical Surface is placed on top of the horizontal Surface rather than behind it (see above photos). Adjust Stands so that the vertical Surface slides behind the horizontal Surface and rests on the table or floor.

2. The Stands are placed on too tightly, causing the vertical Surface to bow slightly. Loosening the Stands a little may help.

Still having trouble assembling your Surfaces? Pop an email to info@replicasurfaces.com and we'll figure it out together!



Care

Styling

All Surfaces are made of a rigid, three-layer material that will stand up to normal styling and transportation. To protect the finish when styling, we recommend lifting and moving props (rather than dragging them). Use extra care when using props that are heavy, pointed, or have rough undersides (like some plates do). Your photos will thank you!



Cleaning

Replica Surfaces are VERY resistant to stains from food and drink so go ahead and get messy!

For mild messes, wipe with a damp, room temperature cloth or paper towel and dry promptly after each use. For bigger or more pigmented messes, we recommend cleaning with one of these approved cleaners: 

  • 409 Multi-Surface Cleaner (I ran out of mine right before creating this page, hence the photoshopped photo)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner

These three cleaners have been rigorously tested and are proven to be Surface-safe.

If your Surface doesn’t wipe clean immediately, spray with cleaner again and let stand 3-5 minutes before wiping. Repeat until the Surface wipes completely clean.

Avoid contact with non-food substances (e.g. paint, dye, etc) since these may stain or damage the finish of your Surface. If you want to drizzle highly-pigmented foods or any non-foods (e.g. lotions, oils, and other beauty products) onto your Surface, we always recommend testing them on the backside of your Surface first.

Same goes for any unapproved cleaner or wipe. We strongly recommend testing it on the backside of your Surface first to make sure it’s Surface-safe.

Unfortunately, we can't accept returns if you do end up staining your Surface or damaging the finish with an unapproved cleaner. Please see our return/exchange policy for more details.



A note about heat...

Avoid placing hot objects directly on your Surfaces. Always use a pot holder or trivet, or allow item to reach room temperature before contacting your Surface.

Surfaces left in hot environments for extended periods of time (ie. direct sunlight or a hot car) are at risk of warping. Be kind to your Surfaces and take them inside with you on hot days, just like you would with your camera. If you're shooting outside, shoot in a shaded area and take extra care with darker Surfaces as these attract more light and heat. Your photos will look better in the shade anyway!



Storage

To best protect your Surfaces, store Surfaces at room temperature and in the foam sleeves they arrive in. For more stylish protection, keep your eyes on your inbox because a custom carrying case is in the works! We expect it to be available in late 2020 or early 2021.

Need a carrying case sooner than that? Some customers use an artist portfolio case, which can be found at most craft stores. Just make sure the inner dimensions are at least 24 x 24 inches.


Questions?

Pop us an email at info@replicasurfaces.com! We love hearing from you and are ready to help.