- Anyway, we use a product called [name and manufacturer of fixative deleted]. We use the fine art version which is made for archival canvas and said to be able to withstand the stretching process. Our experience with this product has made us feel substantially better about the prints as it has worked. We use a roller to apply 2 coats of the fixative to the product and once dry you can wipe vigorously with a wet rag and no damage. The only potential issue would be if you wet the back of the canvas, so certainly its still only water resistant, but hey if you soak a piece of art, what the heck are you doing anyway? (from Mi, August 2004)
- The [brand name] coating has a dual purpose, it has a uv protectant and and prevents water and humidity damage. We wanted to provide as much protection as possible since as I said I don't put much stock in pigment or dye inks. I can also tell you that the giclees are so sensitive to moisture that once our little dog sneezed on one and the colors changed, just like it would with a standard ink jet print, you know little rings where the moisure hit it. That started our search for the fixative and so far we haven't been disappointed. I've heard of a media (that our plotter supply people can't seem to locate) that has a fixative built in and seals the ink as it dries, I'd really like to find that stuff and try it out. While the clear jet stuff has really made us feel better about our prints, its pretty caustic smelling and not too fun to work with. (from Mi, August 2004)
- Up until we used the fixative we were very vocal with our clients that they mount the giclees and use UV glass, now we instruct them to avoid direct sunlight and tell them that they can have the print stretched. So I would happily do an experiment with regular glass and uv glass but it will have to wait as we are about to be subjected to that hell called moving. I can tell you that the UV glass does work as we have a client that owns a shop that faces the rockies and gets a temendous amount of sunlight throughout the day, they have a print facing that window and I believe its been hanging for nearly 2 years and I can't see any visible fading. We also have dye inks on prints in that same shop hanging on their walls that are behind normal glass and they too look very good. (from Mi, August 2004)
- Any solvent based fixative or varnish will protect [giclees from moisture], but will also alter the colors slightly.
I've tested everything from spray fix to Thompson's deck sealant, and I have the following recommendations:
1. Don't use anything acrylic - it's water based, and makes the prints run.
2. Deck sealant turns everything yellow - but really makes them waterproof - at last you can hang your art in the shower!
3. Use a spray varnish rather than a brushed one. The ink sits in a thin layer on top of the print, and even a soft brush can scratch it.
4. Spray fixatives don't protect against water at all.
5. Just like watches, these coatings are water-resistant, not waterproof, but the spray varnishes all protected the prints from wet hands, and a small glass of water down the front side of the prints.