Printing photos on metal is becoming a fast favorite for photographers and interior decorators alike, and for good reason! Metal prints look amazing and depending on which Posterjack Metal Print you choose—we offer three types!—they can fit in with just about any type of home decor style. Another advantage to printing your photo on metal is the durability of the product. But do metal prints fade?
In a Word?
Yes. Metal prints will fade, but the answer isn’t that simple.
There isn’t any type of art that you could display in direct sunlight without seeing some signs of fading over time, metal prints are no exception. With that being said, Posterjack Metal Prints have a fade-resistant rating of 100+ years and 200+ years when displayed under normal lighting conditions which includes some sun, but not constant, direct sunlight.
Nothing But the Best
The reason Posterjack Metal Prints will last so long without fading is because of the quality of materials we use and the care we put into handcrafting your photo art. We offer three different types of metal prints, each with their own fade-resistant rating. HD Metal Prints are rated for 100 plus years of fade-resistance, while our Classic Silver Metal Prints and our Classic White Metal Prints will not fade for over 200 years.
Let’s take a look at each type of metal print.
HD Metal Prints
With a fade-resistance rating of 100+ years, Our HD Metal Prints are created using a process called dye-sublimation. This means your photo is reverse-printed using unique transfer papers and dyes. It’s then placed over the Chromaluxe metal panel which has a special coating on it. Using a heat press at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the sublimation dyes are converted to a gas and transferred to the metal at a molecular level. Since the dyes have been infused into the metal, your HD Metal Print will not fade, peel, or crack under normal conditions.
Classic Metal Prints
Posterjack’s Classic White and Classic Silver Metal Prints are printed using the giclée method. This process uses AGFA UV printers and AGFA UV inks. Originally designed with the added capability to print high-quality outdoor signage, our AGFA photo printers produce a metal print that delivers longterm outdoor durability and fade resistance. Under normal conditions with some sunlight, these metal prints will not fade for over 200 years. If you displayed them outdoors and exposed to constant direct sunlight, they’ve been tested to last two years without fading, which is still a very long time compared to other types of art!
Keep the Fading to a Minimum
So, although metal prints will fade over time if you expose them to direct sunlight, you can display them confidently in your home under normal lighting conditions and know that 100-plus years down the road, they will look just as crisp and vibrant as the day you got them. That is, if you choose a Posterjack Metal Print. The materials and processes used to create metal prints makes a difference to how long they’ll last, so be sure to go with the best!
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