Often people ask curious questions about acrylic photo prints like can it last for hundred years, whether thicker acrylic gives better outcome or thinner ones, can one hang the acrylic photo prints outside, what are direct printing and face mounting in acrylic prints, what are the regular and non-glaring acrylic photo prints, how to clean the acrylic photo print, can anybody cut the acrylic panels into shapes, what are the difference between acrylic and plexiglass, what are sintra and dibond and how they are used in acrylic photo prints? etc. Acrylic prints, no wonder is so popular that it obviously generates hundreds and thousands of questions in people’s minds and this indicates the significance and elegance of acrylic photo prints.
The acrylic photo prints indeed are very durable and can last more than a hundred years as claimed by the expert technicians who are engaged in acrylic photo printing. However, it could be irresponsible to argue that acrylic photo prints can last more than a hundred years because there is no evidence of such claims. The first acrylic photo print or the acrylic photo printing was invented in 1969 by Heinz Sovilla-Bruhart which was almost half a century back. Therefore, one can never claim that there are the existing acrylic photo prints which are 100 years old.
Similarly, when some websites claim that acrylic photo prints can withstand any harsher climate or direct sun in external environment and you can hang the acrylic photo prints outside, some acrylic photo printing companies absolutely deny the durability of acrylic photo prints if placed outside. Some experts have even gone up to the extent of saying that the lifespan of an acrylic photo print is one year at the maximum and after that, they get deteriorated slowly. Saying so they explain that when you compare the acrylic photo print after one year to a brand new acrylic photo print you will notice the difference.
However, some of the questions such as on direct printing and face mounting, the performance of thicker acrylic, regular and non-glaring acrylic photo printing etc are genuine and technical questions the technicians will love to answer, or you can search for the answers. For example, you can answer the question of direct printing and phase mounting as “there are two basic and distinct processes to create an acrylic print in order to bring different kinds of outcome and the methods are namely the direct printing on the acrylic substrate and the second is the method of face mounting which is done through printing the photo on a paper and then mounted behind the acrylic”.