Refilling Epson P5000

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jrkliny Veteran Member • Posts: 4,794
Re: Very true what you state about fading.........

Petruska wrote:

....Yes most of my prints using Injetmall (Jon Cone) inks are over 10 years old and stored in albums and have no fade at all. I ran a real world fade test with Cone vs OEM Epson inks with prints on a wall for 1 year. No fade in either........

I also conducted my own real world fade test of Cone inks.  My control print was stored in the dark.  My duplicate test print was placed about 18" away from a 100 watt light bulb that was on an average of more than 12 hours a day.  After a few months, I left for an extended travel shoot and I placed the test print in a West facing window where it received a few hours a day of direct sunlight.  After my trip the print went back next to the light bulb.  After a year or so of testing I could see absolutely no difference between the test and control prints and I lost interest and stopped the experiment.  Needless to say, the light intensity for the test print was many, many times harsher than typically hanging on a wall even in a bright room.  In addition most framed prints would be behind glass or acrylic glazing which would greatly reduce UV exposure.

The Inkjetmall webpages also include fade data for their K3 equivalent inks.  As I remember the test data showed roughly a 50 year life when hung in normal lighting even without glazing.  If true archival storage is desired, the print paper and acid free storage containers can be more important than the ink.  At least that is the case for pigment inks.  Cheap dye inks are a whole different issue.

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