Years of Print Display Before Noticeable Fading Occurs

For Members of the International Association of Fine Art Digital Printmakers
Update Distributed at the March 5-7, 1998 IAFADP Meeting in New York

*1998 by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc.
713 State Street, Grinnell, lowa 50112 U.S.A.
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Iris Graphics Equipoise Ink Set
Arches Cold Press 32-36 years
Somerset Velvet Paper 20-24 years
Iris Canvas 16-18 years
Arches for Iris Paper 13-15 years
Liege Inkjet Fine Art Paper 2-3 years

Lyson Fine Arts Ink Set (FA-II M; ID C; FA-I Y+B)
Arches Cold Press 32-36 years
Somerset Velvet Paper 20-24 years
Arches for Iris Paper 20-24 years
Iris Canvas 10-12 years
Liege Inkjet Fine Art Paper 2-3 years

Lyson FA-III Fine Arts Ink Set (prototype: preliminary data)
Arches Cold Press (tests in preparation)
Somerset Velvet Paper (tests continuing) >60 years
Arches for Iris Paper (tests in preparation)
Iris Canvas (tests in preparation)

ConeTech Wide Gamut Fine Art Ink Set
Somerset Velvet Paper 20-24 years

American Ink Jet Corp. "NE" Inks (C+M; Lyson FA-I Y+B)
Somerset Velvet Paper 4-6years

American Ink Jet Corp. "NE" Inks (C+M; Iris ID Y+B)
Somerset Velvet Paper 3-5 years

Iris Graphics Industrial Design (ID) Ink Set
Arches Cold Press Paper 2-3 years *tentative

Iris Equipoise Black Ink (Only) in Monochrome Prints
Arches Cold Press Paper (tests continuing) *80 years
Somerset Velvet Paper (tests continuing) >80 years
Arches for Iris Paper (tests continuing) *80 years
Iris Canvas (tests continuing) >80 years

ENCAD GO Ink Set (pigment-based inks)
ENCAD QIS Photo Glossy Paper (tests continuing) >90 years
ENCAD QIS Canvas (tests contlinuing) <90 years

ENCAD GA Ink Set (dye-based inks)
ENCAD QIS Photo Glossy Paper
ENCAD QIS Canvas 1-2 years

ENCAD GS Ink Set (dye-based inks)
ENCAD QIS Photo Glossy Paper 1-2 years

llford Archiva Inks tor ENCAD Printers (dye-based inks)
Ilford llfojet Photo Glossy Paper (tests continuing) >70 years

Epson Stylus 3000 17x22-inch Printer (standard Epson inks)
Fuji Super Photo Grade Inkjet Paper 4-5 years
Epson Photo Quality Glossy White Film 2-3 years
Epson Photo Quality Glossy Paper 2 years
Epson Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper [matte] 1-2 years
Kodak Inkjet Photographic Quality Paper [new] (being tested)
Kodak Photo Weight Premium Glossy Paper 6 months

Lysonic Inks for Epson Stylus 3000 Printer (prototype inks)
Various types of fine art 8 other media (tests in preparation)

Current Photographic Color Negative Prints
Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper 60 years*
Kodak Ektacolor Edge 7 and Royal Vll Papers 18 years
Konica Color QA Paper Type A7 14 years*
AgfacolorPaperType10 13 years

*Predictions integrated with manufacturer's Arrhenius dark storage data

llford llfochrome Silver Dye-Bleach Photographic Prints
Ilford llfochrome Classic Deluxe polyester-base 29 years**
Ilford Ilfochrome RC-base prints 29 years*
** Data based on tests completed in 1992 wilh Ilford
Cibachrome (Ihe former name Ol Ilfochrome) prints

Note:
The display-life predictions given here were derived from accelerated glass-filtered fluorescent light fading tests conducted at 75°F and 60% RH and are based on the "standard" indoor display condition of 450 lux for 12 hours per day employed by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. Illumination conditions in homes, offices, and galleries do vary, however, and color images will last longer when displayed under lower light levels; likewise, the life of prints will be shortened when displayed under illumination that is more intense than 450 lux. The predictions given here are the years of display required for specified, easily noticeable fading, changes in color balance, and/or staining to occur. These display-life predictions apply only to the specific ink and paper combinations listed. Print coatings tested to date have shown little if any benefit in terms of prolonging the display life of Iris inkjet prints (also known as Giclee prints); with some ink/paper/coating combinations, the coatings have even proven to be harmful to image stability. Copyright 1998 by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. All rights reserved.

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