"what size prints are you getting bronzing on? I ask this David because there is no bronzing on Hp prints." - G.S.
True. I went through about six months or a year with the HP 7960. It is a dye printer, and you don't get bronzing with it. But it no print big. I'm doing 11 x 14 inches right now. Also, HP inks expensive and when you run out of one ink, you need to change the 3-ink cartridge. Also, not a great selection of papers. But for all that - it is the only printer around that will give you out-of-the-box neutral black & white prints.
Went to Epson 2200 a while back WITH IMAGEPrint RIP. Great combination. But as with any pigment ink you are going to get bronzing on gloss paper (unless you are using the next version - ie. the Durabrite with the R800 - and all that - letter-size printer).
Without IMAGEPrint RIP, or some RIP, no way to do neutral type b&w with any Epson printer.
Anyway - this subject has been talked about forever, so I'll let it be. The only thing I'm going to report on at this point is which SPRAY I settle on. Right now it's between Krylon, Marshalls and Lumijet.
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You know what - I like the Lumijet ImageShield Spray the best. This is not scientific, but the other two sprays give a sort of semi-gloss spotty look - i.e. if you run your finger along the print after it's been sprayed a few times, you can feel the roughness of the dried spray. Not so with the Lumijet. The print still has a good sheen, and it also seems to remove bronzing the best. Again - this isn't scientific, but I'm going to go with Lumijet until something better comes along.
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Okay. No more Christmas orders. The prints look good, but I don't.
I'm getting a cold standing out on the fire-escape spraying pictures and the neighbors are beginning to look out their windows to see what I'm doing and even though I'm wearing a mask, I'm still smelling fumes... hold on, someone is knocking on the door.