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May152012

IJ Technologies Black Diamond AgX Metallic Canvas 

There are typically three finish options to choose from when printing on canvas; matte, satin and gloss.  A company by the name of IJ Technologies-based out of St. Louis, MO- decided to add an additional effect to their new Black Diamond AgX Metallic Canvas. They started with a silver based water-resistant canvas and added a high-gloss inkjet receptive coating. This combination gave the AgX canvas a high gloss metallic look, similar to the metallic glossy photo papers.

This  glossy inkjet coating  gives the  canvas a look reminiscent of a traditional glossy canvas. In fact, printing on this canvas requires the same process as any other glossy inkjet canvas printing. You would use the same ICC profile as you would on a gloss canvas (for example, the Epson Exhibition Gloss Canvas). After printing, the canvas will come out of the printer completely dry.

Applying a top coating to the canvas is going to be a little bit different than a traditional canvas. The water based top coats from either Clearstar or PremierArt have a milky finish. If this coating is applied to the Black Diamond AgX Canvas, the metallic look will be slightly diluted due to the opaqueness of the coating.

It is recommended spray the canvas with either the PremierArt Print Shield Spray or the ClearJet FineArt Solvent Gloss Spray. These will provide protection to the canvas from any scuffing, scratching, moisture, or UV rays. If the canvas is going to be gallery wrapped, there will be less protection from cracking, however  this canvas will still hold up fairly well if being exhibited as a gallery wrap.

Being a specialty canvas, IJ Technologies Black Diamond AgX Metallic Canvas is a tad more expensive than most. Fortunately, there is a 24”x10’ sample roll available for to try before committing to a full roll.

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