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Old Feb 19, 2006, 11:48 AM   #1
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I've been using a HP 5550 inkjet printer to make some pretty good photos, but if they get wet the ink simply comes off. Obviously you don't want to get them exposed to that, but when you have printed them out, it is possible for a family memeber with not perfectly dry hands to create an impperfection on a print.

Is there a protective spray or coating that can increase the durability of the print? Let's say I want to mail a picture to my Aunt and want to protect it from scratches and scruffs. When she get's it she and others might not realize how fragile the ink coating is and try to wipe off any smudge with a damp cloth....



So just wondered about protections other than the obvious of "frame and glass"?


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Old Feb 19, 2006, 3:43 PM   #2
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To The Winemaker,

There is a good post on that in the nifty stuff forums. As I recall its in general printing and regards
inkjet fading. Variour papers and inks were tested--mainly by exposure to high ozone concentrations.
Also part of the test were a spray coating.---that post is really worth the read.

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Old Feb 19, 2006, 5:52 PM   #3
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...Thanks! And where is the " Nifty Stuff" forum? I looke but did not find.

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Just google "nifty stuff forums" without the quotes. Then book mark it.
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Old Feb 22, 2006, 12:43 PM   #5
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http://www.krylon.com/main/paper_fin...roduct_details

This stuff above is made just for photos. You sometimes can get it locally at art supply stores.

You can almost always get something called Krylon Workable Fixatif. Its made specifically to protect drawings and such from smearing but it works on the same princable and I have used it on photos form my inkjet on matte paper as well as on printable CDs. YMMV. Note that it its designed not to be glossy.

http://www.krylon.com/main/paper_fin...roduct_details

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Hello winemaker,

Something else you may want to consider is this:

1. Print on acid free paper (HP bright white is this way, I believe).

2. Then put in PVC-free sleeves available at any photo store. Though not entirely waterproof they do offer good protection for fingerprints, sweat, etc.

3. I have been using them for years with no decrease in quality of photos over the years. Obviously, you do not want to leave your "best photos" in direct sunlight.

Tip: If you have a really, really awesome photo, you can also burn to CD (GOOD quality CD!) and put it with your photo.

That assumes we will have electricity, CD readers and the like, of course, in the coming years .


P.S. I use an HP 990 CSE. It is five years old and still prints like a champ!
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