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memorial plaques
Posted by: leonardcormack (---.bas504.dsl.esat.net)
Date: March 30, 2007 08:16AM

A new post from a new member:
My question is simple:
I wish to manufacture one-off, personalised memorial plaques for bereaved families to place on the graves of their departed loved ones. The slate plaques will measure some 14” x !2” and carry a (high res) photo and text. Short of investing in what I understand are very expensive ceramic toner printers and high temp. kilns (they affix ceramic photo plaques to gravestones in Italy, for example) can anyone suggest how I can offer my intended customers the longest lifespan for their plaques?
……….Is cast vinyl still the most durable material for outside use? If so, what is absolutely the best – in terms of longevity – brand?
………..Does lamination increase the lightfastness (the plaques won’t be subject to too much abrasion)?
………..After laminating, can longevity be further increased by applying a liquid laminate or a varnish? And will a diy varnish adhere well to the vinyl or the laminate?

As a newbie to signage as well as to this forum, I am fascinated to learn that predicted top lifespans for signage vinyls are as low as a mere 7 years. Meantime. Epson and HP and other inkjet manufacturers are promising print longevities (albeit on their own specialist papers and under severely limited conditions) of up to 200 years. Why don’t you sign people, where size allows, use inkjet and paper and buckets of high grade varnish to ensure weather protection when making (smaller) outdoor signs? Why use vinyl at all?



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