Epson Ultrachrome inks have faded horribly

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
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fft81 Contributing Member • Posts: 942
Re: Prints stored badly faded badly...

David Seys wrote:

Anyway, yes I realize many factors contribute to longevity.  But being behind glass in a plastic tote with some kids school work papers should hardly contribute to 30% + fade after 6 years when ALL Epson material was used.  So every print I've ever sold printed with Epson inks now concern me.  I pay a premium to use their "100+ year inks" and charge my clients accordingly.  Who looks like the fool if they start coming back to me?

I understand this may be an isolated incident.  I'm going to try to locate other prints from the same time period printed with the same inks and canvas and see what is going on before I become too furious.

I'd suggest looking at what gasses/chemicals are airborne in your storage location. Glass only offers marginal protection against UV; it offers no protection against airborne chemicals.  I use printshield to "seal" my prints that matter.

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