You just purchased your new metal print, but you have no idea how to care for this new addition to your home or office.
Here are a few pointers on proper care of your new metal print.
Never place it face down. Placing a metal print face down, especially on a hard surface, will likely scratch the coating and will dull the image over time. The more you place it face down, the more scratches the coating will receive and the more dull the image will get.
Don't clean too much. The best way to clean a metal print is to gently wipe it with a soft, dry microfiber cloth. Never use any cleaning agents or solvents on it. If the dry microfiber cloth is not sufficient, you can try this method: wet your cloth with water and some isopropyl alcohol and wring out so that the cloth is merely damp. This will work on smudges that a dry cloth can't remove. Avoid putting the metal print in contact with any moisture whenever you can.
Don't place a spotlight on the image. It is not advisable to use a spotlight to enhance the viewing of your print because, over time, the bright light will cause the photograph to fade (same as a regular print on paper). It's best to use a light dimmer or natural lighting to bring out the best in your metal print.
Display your prints with care. If you have the edges of the print in constant contact with anything else, especially a hard surface, the corners of the photo will wear out over time and you could end up with a metal print with chipping along the edges. It's a good idea to maintain some distance around your metal print and any other objects or picture frames that you might have displayed.
Take care not to drop the print. Dropping a print will cause it to become dented, or even worse, snap a corner completely off. Unalloyed aluminum is not the strongest metal, which is exactly what makes it great for printing on, but it also means that it is extra delicate and needs to be handled with care. When transporting metal prints, whether during a move, or if you are giving them as a gift, wrapping them in bubble wrap is always a good idea.
Metal prints are great ways to really bring photos to life, but, as with anything that requires cutting edge technology to produce, there are some care instructions that go along with the finished product that you will need to follow to get the most out of your investment. Keep the above maintenance tips for metal prints in mind to ensure you have your metal print around to enjoy for a long time to come.