Archival quality water based prints...

Discussion in 'Printing' started by tomO2013, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    I'm aware that modern pigment inks retain their colour and tonality a lot longer than dye based inks.

    However right now I don't have a pigment based printer.

    What I was wondering is if anybody here has tried taking the same approach to your dye based inks that artists/painters take to their paintings and spray an anti UV and water repellent solution over top your work?
    I'm interested to know if there are any caveats (e.g. need to bump exposure in print to offset a darkening from a spray ).

    Has anybody tried anything like this?

  2. rsovitzky

    rsovitzky Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 27, 2014
    Elm Grove WI
    I've used such a coating on my canvases from my dye-based Canon Pro-100. Works great!

    I don't think the phrase "a lot longer than dye based inks" is valid anymore.
  3. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    Have you tried it on anything other than canvas?

    I'm thinking such as baryta photorag and somerset velvet fine art papers...
  4. Wandering Aengus

    Wandering Aengus Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    Premier Print Shield is what I would try. I use it over pigment inks on baryta and fine art papers. I have no experience with dye inks. Worth a try.

    I do nothing to the exposure. To my eyes, it does not change the lightness or darkness of the print nor does it seem to add or subtract glossiness.

    Again, pigment inks here.