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Julie M. Cwik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2005
 

Fading Photos


Hi everyone, I have a huge problem. I sold 7 images to a pet store (you can see the images in my gallery) and they have the images blown up to be Poster Size and they are hanging up on the upper walls where the sunlight is constantly hitting them. After about 9 months of hanging and being in the sunlight, the images are quite faded. I printed them with a HP 7700 series photo-printer using HP Premium Matte Paper. Moving the images is not quite an option. I heard about using archival paper, but how long will that last with the fading from the sun, I also heard about a "spray" that I can use. What do you suggest?
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7/16/2005 9:39:58 PM

 
Julie M. Cwik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2005
  hello? any advice from our experts?


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7/17/2005 6:36:40 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey julie,i think they have uv protective glass that protects pictures from the sun,but I have no idea where you could get it.
hope you get better help,sam


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7/17/2005 9:42:54 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Good Morning Julie,
Well I doubt the problem is ALL the sunlight. I owned a Grooming Shop in Palm Springs ,Ca for years .Were Any Art (especialy photographs) is a concern I have been told they need to be professionaly framed is such a way as to protect from the large amount of humidity and cemicals(such as summer time flee and tick dips and the perfumes, etc,) and running a air machine in the area of display helps sooo much. and yes I do belive also that with any art you want to have for years UV protective glass is a must.
I hope this helps,
Debby


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7/18/2005 5:53:41 AM

 
Julie M. Cwik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2005
  Debby, how long can a photo last without fading behind this UV glass?


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7/18/2005 9:08:17 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  JULIE,
I AM SO SORRY I REALLY CAN'T ANSWER THAT. I HAVE A FRIEND WHO HAD SOME IN HER SHOP FOR A FEW YEARS(THAT WAS WITH THE AIR PURIFIER IN THAT RECEPTION ROOM) BUT SINCE SHE HAS SOLD THE SHOP -SO I CAN'T EVEN ASK HER. HOW EVER I DO KNOW THEY WERE GOOD THE LAST 3 YEARS OR SO.
SORRY I CAN'T BE OF MORE HELP THERE-YOU MIGHT TELL THEM THOUGH SHE CONTRIBUTES THIER LONGEVITY AND HER BETTER BREATHING WITH HAVING THE AIR MACHINE.
BEST TO YOU,
DEBBY


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7/18/2005 9:26:52 AM

 
Brian    There are a few things that need to be done. First don't place photos in direct sun light. Since sunlight will oxidize them. Next frame the image with glass that absorbs UV lighting. Finally and probably most important use archival processing. Archival paper is the only way to make sure the image last for a long time. The paper may cost more but the investment is well worth it.


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7/18/2005 11:27:01 AM

 
Julie M. Cwik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2005
  I understand that the pictures need to be moved but the owners of the company won't listen to me, so I'm trying other options if there are any.


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7/18/2005 11:47:25 AM

 
Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  Reprint on archival paper. I'd order from a legit pro processor online that will customize the size for you. Mpix comes to mind.

Secondly the next time you sell a print offer it with a printed out little warning about how sunlight can fade any picture, even those printed on archival paper, and you take no responsbility for faded photos that have been hung in direct sunlight.

Good luck,

Karma


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7/18/2005 12:18:03 PM

 
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