Clear Coats put to the Test September 14 2016, 0 Comments

 

One of my recent clients had a lot of questions regarding the image stability of our prints and what he can do to protect them even more. One of the options that we had talked about was a protective coating which would make them moisture-resistant, dust and scratch resistant, UV protected, and non-yellowing.

I decided to do a test on Moab Colorado Satine Paper with three different protective coatings that we keep in the store: Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500, Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss, and Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303.

 

 The image below has no coating on it.

 Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500: It’s definitely a super thick gloss coating. Regarding prints, I would never recommend this coating. The print now reminds me of a cheap Costco glossy bulk pack because you have to move the print in order to see the whole thing because of the light reflections. I might be able to use this one as a mirror if I put another coat.

 Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500

Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss: This low gloss spray turned into a no gloss spray. It looks completely matte after using the spray which in this case I’m not sure I like because I originally chose a coated paper for a reason. It really took the texture out of the paper and makes the image look flat which is something I really didn’t expect. I think for certain images, the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss could create some really nice results but for this image it wasn’t what I was looking for.

 

Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303: The Crystal Clear has more shine than the naked paper but is still very similar. This coat made a texture on the surface of the print, which is less smooth than the original but isn’t noticeable by just looking at the image. I think this coating is the closest to the coating on the naked paper and would be the one that I use for this series.

 

All in all, I think that the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss and the Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303 are most suitable to our clients. I feel that the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss would do very well on a matte paper because it does not have any reflection and it feels very natural as matte papers do.

Lumiere Photo charges $3.00 per square foot of protective coating. If you decide to do it yourself just remember to test the nozzle before trying it on your prints. If you have any question please feel free to stop by or give me a call: 585-461-4447.