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Old Jan 6, 2005, 10:17 PM   #11
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Another point that hasn't been said is if you frame it put it under good archival glass will help a lot.

If you don't frame it expect it to fade. Its a given. Even really good prints from "archival" printers (the Epson 2200 comes to mind) will fade fairly quickly if not stored correctly.

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Another point that hasn't been said is if you frame it put it under good archival glass will help a lot.

If you don't frame it expect it to fade. Its a given. Even really good prints from "archival" printers (the Epson 2200 comes to mind) will fade fairly quickly if not stored correctly.

Well, I think that we'll see a lot of improvements in paper technology that may eliminate the need to keep 'em under glass. As I mentioned earlier, Kodak claims that prints with their new Ultima Picture Paper will last over 100 years in typical home enivronments -- even if it's not stored under glass. They're not even talking about archival inks, either (they mean dye based inks from popular printers made by manufacturers like HP and Canon).

They've got white papers on their web site showing the accelerated tests they performed with different printers (using light, ozone, heat, humidity, etc.) -- and they even factored in things likehigher than normal humdiity likely to be encountered from time to time, etc. to make the tests as fair as possible (at least they appear to be).

Of course, they are in the business of selling paper. So, it would be nice to see some independent verification(or refutal) of their claims.






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Old Jan 7, 2005, 10:53 AM   #13
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So, it would be nice to see some independent verification (or refutal) of their claims.

OK, so we'll all meet here again in 100 years' time and take a look, OK?

Accelerated UV ageing tests are all very well, but long-term experiments have a nasty habit of turning up things we hadn't thought of yet.
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