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Archival ink for epson 740i?

I need to print insect and herbarium labels on archival paper using archival ink.  I have a epson 740i printer.  Can I get archival ink for this printer? If not, is there a relatively cheap printer I can purchase to print labels using archival quality ink?

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  • Owlfly Jul 14, 2008

    The specimens and labels will be stored in insect/herbarium cabinets.  They will be in the dark 99% of the time, taken out only on occasion.  So we don't need to worry too much about UV.

    Cost?  We are a non-profit, so the cheaper the better.


  • Owlfly Jul 15, 2008

    Thanks!  I will give it a try.  Many of our old labels were printed from a laser printer about 8-10 years ago; the labels are already beginning to flake off.

    Thanks again for your time  - sounds like a sensible solution.



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Great question and one I handle for Professional Photographers here in my area.

First of all, are you working in a museum environment or not or another type environment where chemistry of the paper needs to e controlled because of what it emits when decomposing, or is this an issue of the paper and ink being exposed to flash photogrpahy, klieg lights, or UV -A or B sun rays?

To what factor is cost involved?


Posted on Jul 11, 2008

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jul 14, 2008


    Epson does make an ink designed for archival purposes, that is to say, with their testing they feel it will be fade resistant for up to 30 years. Actually, in my decisions for other clients I consider a lifespan of 99 years to be archival.

    Addressing this with the Epson printer you have, (who I do recommend to clients) you are better off in the use of paper vs. ink. You can use the best Ink Epson has available but if you put it on regular heavy matte stock you are defeating your purpose. The paper is key here, not so much the ink. And addressing the choice of paper, there are coatings that can be applied once the ink is dry that assist in the ink being fade resistant. These are usually available through an professional artist supply store. Coatings designed for watercolors are best for you ink jet ink that is also water soluble.

    All this in consideration, with your application where the labels will only be exposed to UV and or lamp light occasionally. I would think you would be fine using the recommended paper below and the current ink you have been using and then if needed spray them with a coating designed for water color art.

    BTW, since you apparently do not have a local consultant for this sort of need you may feel free to approach me on a business to non profit level (which I am comfortable with). I sit on the Board for the County Council for the Arts here where one of our projects is nearly done, the renovation of a 1930s era Elementary School to house our offices and put on display art from our local artists and hold performance art and annual art competition.

    In my past, I was an art conservator working in the Metal Arts and was hired regularly by local museums to work on antiquities and historical objects as well as ancient pieces. The chemistry I dealt with at the time is now outlawed and had made me quite ill and I had to leave the hands on operation (which I loved) and find other work to do. When I was turned down on third interview for a prominent museum in Los Angeles, simply because of the length of the line in front of me for similarly qualified applicants. I moved on in my life to other areas.

    My point with the above paragraph is that my heart is with you as a non profit entity and the nature of your endeavors. I'm glad to do this consult with you for free at FixYa and will consider doing the odd question or two for you in the future. Just find me in the Find Experts link on our home page, I'm in the top pages and I'll be glad to help. Should your request go beyond me simply making a judgment call for you and require time and effort to research there would have to be another avenue and a fee involved I already have a sliding scale in place and would be welcome to the idea of placing your organization within it.

    In the end, here in the Forum of FixYa appreciation is given by rating our replies as Fixed. That is an acknowledgment we consider as good as a firm handshake and it would be welcomed from you.

    Archival Epson Matte Paper Company page, see the where to buy link on this page.
    Epson Color Ink cartridge product page at Epson
    Epson Black Ink cartridge product page at Epson

    In the long run, you would actually be better off, by applying for a grant to get a Minolta Laser Printer, which sells for less than $500 and has toner cartridges in the under $200 range which in formal use provide up to 1500 pages per cartridge. If you should only be printing monotone, then you would only need a black laser printer in the same price range. Minolta makes a good product and you can easily to to Google enter your search term and select a search under Froogle or shopping and then select a suitable vendor. Should you need a document to use in a grant request you may ask me.

    However, for your current needs and your current equipment you will do fine with the Paper I suggest and the ink I mentioned as well which is probably what you are already using.


    BTW, I have a listing in our repair directory under zip code 89415, for Glenn Rogers Computer Solutions.




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