ALUMINUM PRINTS

PRINTING PROCESS

Metal prints are made by a process called dye sublimation. It infuses the image directly into the hard coating to provide lasting durability and protection. The first step requires an image to be printed on paper transfer media on a giclee printer with specialized sublimation inks made for the metal print process. The print will look like a flat colored mirrored copy of the original image. This sheet is then taped on to blank metal photo panel which is then placed in a heat press. The heat and pressure causes the sublimation inks to transform into a gas. The gas is then absorbed through the pores of the polymer coating of the metal and into the base coating. As the metal cools, the pores close and the metal surface stabilizes.

 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

As it is printed on aluminum, your print is water proof. Use a damp soft cloth to wipe it.

The surface coating is very tough, scratch resistant and fade resistant.

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