PlexiFoto: Fine Art Grade Acrylic Specs and FAQ
PLEXIFOTO, THE GALLERY LOOK.COLOR INTENSITY BEHIND EVERY PIXEL.
Suitable for museums, galleries and fine art. With our Fine Art Grade PlexiFoto prints, we face mount an Epson glossy photo print (archival pigment print) to framing grade plexiglas using optically clear adhesive. Because this face mounting technique builds upon an Epson archival pigment print, it retains all the advantages of archival pigment prints. It possess a wide color gamut, incredible resolution and high archivability / print permanence in comparison to a Direct Print on Acrylic Decorative Plexi and other photo paper print methods such as C-prints.
PlexiFoto prints aren't novelties--they're timeless. Frameless yet dramatically powerful. The moment your PlexiFoto print is on your wall, its gorgeous glossy finish turns your photo into a stunning display of art sure to add character and ambiance to your space. The hanging hardware provided gives the illusion of the print floating off the wall. It’s no wonder Fine Art Grade Acrylic PlexiFoto is the go-to print finish preferred by professional artists, photographers, galleries and museums.
Beyond the product specs of Fine Art Grade Acrylic PlexiFoto, we spend the time to meticulously inspect your print for potential imperfections and make sure that no bubbles, tears or dust will be in your final print. Anything less than perfect is re-done. This method of plexi printing is so refined, it is suitable for museums, galleries and the likes of high caliber art such as Peter Lik, Art Basel and Andreas Gursky prints.
ULTRA GLOSSY, ULTRA BRILLIANT. 3D AND ALIVE.
With a print on plexi, every photo leaps off the wall in rich, vibrant detail to deliver a bold visual experience with sleek, highly finished, minimal design. We use framing grade plexiglas to ensure your image is vivid and clear. Hardware and art function in perfect unison creating a new photo finish sure to delight your eyes for years.
FRAMELESS. A SMARTER WAY TO DISPLAY YOUR PRINTS.
With no competing frame, your image speaks for itself. There’s no struggling to match a frame moulding to your image and your existing decor. There’s no potential for the frame to date your work. Frameless prints also take some of the pressure off of gift giving.
ACID FREE, OPTICALLY CLEAR ADHESIVE MADE IN JAPAN
Made in a clean room and imported from Japan, our face mounting adhesive has superior archival properties and long lasting print-to-acrylic adhesion. We also use acid free adhesives on the back side of your print for a strong, archival print-to-aluminum bond.
CNC MILLING FOR PRECISE CUTS, POLISHED EDGES AND UNIQUE SHAPES
Every Tropicolor Big Ass Print comes precisely cut with polished edges for comfortable handling. Computerized cutting achieves exact and precise sizes and professional grade polished edges. If you have several prints of the same size such as in the case of triptychs, only CNC cuts can guarantee that your prints will match in size.
ALL HANGING HARDWARE INCLUDED. HAVE IT ON YOUR WALL IN MINUTES.
With every Tropicolor Big Ass Print comes the promise of rigid, structurally sound hanging hardware. We put our mounting hardware through rigorous testing to ensure your print will not bow, warp or fall off your wall no matter how large your print. Our Fine Art Grade PlexiFoto prints come with a 1” or ½” aluminum subframe depending on the size of your print. Each subframe comes complete with art hangers rated to safely hold the weight of your print.
PLEXIFOTO IS FOR EVERYONE.
Though it looks high end, PlexiFoto blends well in any home due to its minimal design. However, there are some different methods in printing on plexi. You may be wondering what the difference is between a “Direct Print on Acrylic Decorative Plexi” and a “Fine Art Grade Acrylic PlexiFoto”? Or what the difference is between direct print on plexi vs a face mount on plexi? The main difference between direct print vs face mount is the technique by which the image is applied to the acrylic. With direct prints, ink is sprayed directly onto the plexiglas whereas with face mounting, your image is first printed on photographic paper and then adhered to a sheet of plexiglass. Both are similar in that your image is displayed under framing grade Plexiglas (acrylic). Both have the same brilliant, vivid, frameless and sleek look; however there are a few differences in terms of archivability, color gamut and resolution detailed below.
FINE ART GRADE ACRYLIC PLEXIFOTO
from $ 120
With our Fine Art PlexiFoto prints, we face mount an Epson glossy photo print (archival pigment print) to framing grade plexiglas. Because this face mounting technique builds upon an Epson archival pigment print, it retains all the advantages of archival pigment prints and possess a wider color gamut, incredible resolution and high archivability / print permanence. This is then backed with 3 mm aluminum composite (dibond) and a hanging subframe.
3 mm high gloss framing grade plexiglas (acrylic)
Option for 3 mm nongalre (matte) plexiglas.
Epson archival pigment print on glossy or metallic paper
Acid free, optically clear adhesive for face mount
3 mm Aluminum (dibond) Backing
CNC milled (computerized cuts)
Archival with incredibly longevity
60 x 120” Max Size
DIRECT PRINT ON ACRYLIC DECORATIVE PLEXI
from $ 78
With our Direct Print on Acrylic Decorative Plexi, we lay a sheet of framing grade plexiglas down onto our Fuji Acuity flat bed printer and ink is sprayed directly onto the plexiglas and then cured by trailing UV lights. The result is a beautiful print with the added benefit of durability in terms of humidity. This is then backed with 3 mm white PVC (Sintra) and a hanging subframe.
3 mm high gloss framing grade plexiglas (acrylic)
No option for 3 mm nonglare (matte) plexiglas
Direct print on plexiglas (no photo paper)
Acid free adhesive for plexiglas to Sintra bond
3 mm PVC (Sintra) backing
CNC milled (computerized cuts)
Durable, humidity resistant and lightweight
48 x 96” Max Size
Will the plexiglas yellow over time?
In short, no. Have you ever seen a bar top with resin that has yellowed over the years? Plexiglass will not suffer the same fate because it transmits 92% of visible light. In an aging study, it was determined that in the span of over 10 years in the harshest sunlight, Plexiglass will only lose about 2% of its clarity which you cannot detect with the naked eye. In fact, Plexiglass is so clear you can look through the edge of a thick sheet and read a business card easily. During World War II, acrylic/plexiglass sheets were used in aircraft manufacturing and those old planes have been sitting in the sun for 60 years and the plexiglass is still clear. The nature of acrylic is what helps the final Fine Art Grade Acrylic PlexiFoto. We also always invest in name brand, high-quality plexiglass sheets to ensure your print will look its absolute best.
Is plexiglas the same as acrylic?
Similar to how there are many varieties of wood and metals out there, there’s a lot of variety in plastics. Acrylic is the generic name for the optically clear plastic known as clear methyl methacrylate resin. Names such as Plexiglas, Plexiglass, Plex, Plexi Glass, Flexi Glass, Perspex, Polycast, Lucite, Optix and Acrylite are all synonyms and brand names for different acrylic sheets. All these terms are interchangeable for this thermoplastic material.
How do I clean my Fine Art Grade PlexiFoto print?
To clean you print on plexi do not use Windex or any cleaner with ammonia or alcohol. Doing so will cause your plexiglass to become opaque over time. We recommend cleaners such as a Novus. If none of these are readily available a little bit of dish soap and water with a soft, non-abrasive cloth will also work.
What is print archivability / print permanence? What’s the difference between C print and Ink jet?
Many artists, homeowners and art collectors worry that their well spent time and money will go to waste with a print that will fade over time which is why print permanence and longevity can be well worth the extra investment for some. Learn more about print permanence and the different methods used to achieve longer archivability.
I’m worried by photo will not look sharp enough. Or that there isn’t enough resolution. How can I check?
The easiest way to check your photo for resolution and potential print size is to submit it for a photo analysis or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply let us know the final size you intend to print and we'll take it from there.
What are some other terms and descriptions for PlexiFoto?
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Exceptional Quality. Exceptional Service:
Experience. Founded as a family-owned business since 1986, Tropicolor’s original owners--the Chien brothers--have almost three decades of experience to offer you.
Excellent service and knowledgeable staff. Our staff is here to help you with any printing questions you can think of. From technical questions to general inspiration. We are happy to consult with you.
Color correction provided for all images, unless they are professionally taken and already come color corrected.
Turnround: All ready to hang prints are completed between 3 - 7 working days.
Professional, gallery quality work: Tropicolor is the proud printer of the Art Basel VIP Collector’s Lounge and numerous museums and galleries in Miami and internationally.
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