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smf Oct 2, 2002 8:21 PM

Coatings for prints

Could people comment on spray on (or other) coatings they have used for printed photos to improve their waterproofness, UV protection, longetivity, etc.? There seem to be plenty of profucts out there but I would like to hear which ones people have been happy with.


Steve (not the Steve)

norm911 Oct 5, 2002 1:10 PM

I haven't used any sprays, but why don't you just use archival paper and inks in your printer? Might be easier and have less of an impact on image quality. I'd be leary of how that spray would age over time on the paper. You never know what type of reaction might occur over, say, 10 years. Of course, we really don't know what today's ink jet prints will look like in 10 years either :)


WalterK Oct 5, 2002 11:06 PM

For several years I have been using Krylon clear acrylic sray with UV protection. Two light coats seem to seal the surface. The texture changes to the touch but the colors and gloss don't change.

The prints are much more water resistantand scratch resistant, and have not faded here in NYC.

You can find similar products in art supply stores.

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