KODAK PROFESSIONAL: Technical Information Bulletin

How to Enhance and Protect Dye Sublimation Prints

Kodak Professional Ektatherm XtraLife Media

Protective Coatings

Use a protective coating on your dye sublimation prints to:

  • Eliminate the plastic, high-gloss look.

  • Protect against fade.

  • Protect against fingerprints and spills.

Important: Make sure your dye sublimation prints are on Kodak Xtralife Media. Do not use coatings on non-laminated dye sublimation prints.

Kodak performed limited testing of water-based aerosol sprays manufactured by Lacquer-Mat Systems. Dye sublimation prints were coated with Lacquer-Mat water-based sprays, following the manufacturer's instructions. The results showed no print delamination or adverse effect on print dye stability.

Lacquer-Matwater-based sprays produce no unpleasant odors and are available in 5 finishes:

  • Pearl Luster ("E" medium gloss).

  • Satina (semi gloss).

  • Flat (low gloss).

  • Diamond (gloss).

  • Brush Texture.

Lacquer-Mat also offers the following lacquer coatings:

  • Suede-matte retouch.

  • Flatt-matte (low gloss).

  • Satina (semi gloss).

  • Pearl Luster ("E" medium gloss).

  • Diamond (gloss).

  • Brush Texture.

To order or request more information, contact:

Lacquer-Mat Systems
6816 Ellicott Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Phone: 1-800-942-2223
Fax: 315-471-1120
Web site: www.lacquer-mat.com

Additional Recommendations

To achieve maximum print performance, avoid extended exposure to the following:

  • Direct sunlight. This is true for all print materials containing photographic dyes.

  • Temperatures above 90° F (32.2° C).

  • Materials containing plasticizers.

For long-term storage, store thermal dye transfer prints at a low temperature (approximately 40° F (4.4° C)) with a relative humidity between 30-50%. Use polyethylene or polypropylene sleeves for added protection.

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