There are three main things that we need to know when it comes to these kinds of unusual prints:
- The technique
- The price
- The maintenance
There is a dying process that involves dye sub. A specific dye is heated to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit and it's impregnated into a ribbon. Then the image is printed in reverse to a transfer surface. The dye firstly gets transferred to the intermediary sheet, then to the object, after the object gets a special coating.
Without the special coating, aluminum panels can't receive the dye because the coating captures it when it's heated due to the polymer. In this way the images are transferred into the surface of a solid sheet of metal.
A metal print is quite expensive. The average prices for these prints are the following: $18.99 for a 5x7 metal print, $23.99 8x8 metal print, $29.99 8x10 metal print and $37.99 for a 10x10 metal print.
The UV-resistant coating is durable and won't easily get scratched. This doesn't only protect the surface from unwanted scratches, but also from other elements such as water or high humidity. Metal prints should be cleaned with microfiber towels. If you feel that the surface is quite dusty or you just want to clean it well, use Cleaner Wax from Meguiar's or isopropyl alcohol. It's not recommended to keep them in direct sunlight.
There are four types of metal prints: high gloss, sheer gloss, sheer matte and satin. When the dyes are transferred into the aluminum surface, they get luminescent qualities. If you want to see emphasized colors, it's recommended to go for high gloss or sheer gloss. The other ones don't have any highlights, but they render the metallic texture better.
So it's basically up to you if you want to see the intensity of reflective and glass-like colors or if you want to stress the texture and details specific to metal surfaces. The polymer can be clear or white. The clear one is for sheet gloss and sheer mate, while the white one is specific for satin and high gloss.
Metal prints are not only way more durable than any type of paper, but they look more interesting too. Whether they look nicer just because we're so used to see paper prints, they are definitely catching attention really fast. They are indeed more expensive than regular paper. But, in the end, a higher quality product is always pricier than a standard one so the price is pretty justified.
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