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    " White MetalPrints™ panels imaged with 6 color SubliJet IQ inks were tested for color fade and color balance by an industry accepted, accelerated test protocol which utilizes a Xenon Arc Test Chamber to simulate interior daylight conditions. Three different long lasting silver halide/dye photo papers were concurrently tested for comparison. Image lifetime for the MetalPrints™ panels, as de!ned by the test protocol, was 2 to 4 times that of the long lasting photo papers."

    https://dl.bayphoto.com/docs/Xenon_Report_12_2011.pdf

    https://www.bayphoto.com/wall-displays/metalprints/?msclkid=e0a3fcb9db72128e702aa7092a47a8a7
     
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    This is nothing new. Inkjet prints have been tested to be colorfast longer than chromogenic prints for some time now.
     
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    https://www.photrio.com/forum/media/sun-flower.58465/ beautiful

    https://www.blazing.com/metal-prints.html

    https://www.imagewizards.com/about-hd-aluminum-metallic-prints/

    Price for this technology appears to be half that for professional optical wet processing machines and about the same as very large Canon/Epson inkjet printers.

    Clients/patrons especially including medical/dental/architectural etc offices as well as classy hotels and restaurants would undoubtedly prefer this sort of print if they knew it was available.
     
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    I tested Bay Photo's aluminum prints a while back. Very good fade resistance, but not as goods as best inkjets. In 6 months of sun they faded noticeably in the sky. Inkjets had little fade after 1 year of sun. Still, metal prints are pretty archival and showed little overall fade with 6 months of sun. The 1 year sun test was for gloss optimizer. It seemed very archival. No yellowing or difference from 1 year sun exposure. (But time will tell.)

    The beauty of inkjet is you can display a copy and if it fades, just print up another one. Dye transfer prints very quick in strong light. Never display the original.
     
  5. Can one get aluminum prints with UV protection?
     
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    Was Bay's metal "dye sublimation"? There was a different metal process a few years ago. How long ago was that?

    Would be good for a proven customer to ask Bay about this.

    I'm not likely to order aluminum myself because I don't contemplate selling prints and my images are rarely beauty-oriented.

    Current inkjet pigments make a joke out of Ciba.

    On another thread I wrote about my use of serigraph to precisely match pantone colors, having made color seps, ...that precision was crucial for that corporate photo client...I don't know anything about fade resistance of pantone inks/dyes.
     
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