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bainbrig | 15:14 Sun 16th Jun 2019 | Technology
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I use a proper Canon paper in my printer(also a Canon 7550Pixma) and the results are fine, but on the rare occasion when we stick a picture on the wall (not in direct sunlight) it fades.

Is there any special paper for such purposes, or is there some sort of fixer used on such prints?

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I think you need a photo printer . not just a normal printer
do you use Canon inks?
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No, I use substitute inks. This reverts to an earlier answer of yours - you imply that Canon put something else into their inks which prevents such fading.

And not sure of the 'normal' printer business. My Canon is a 5-colour Pixma with the ability to print up to 9400dpi, so not sure what extra spec. you'd need to qualify as a 'photo' printer. But I'm willing to learn!

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I have got an old Canon printer that I use non Canon inks in and a new Canon printer that I use Canon inks in. Not seen fading but I do see that the Canon inks are definitely better.
If you don't want to buy a whole set of Canon inks, you might test by buying just one colour (maybe the one that fades fastest in your non Canon inks) and trying that?
Is there are reason why you decide to pay more for Canon paper but not for Canon ink?
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Canon paper isn’t hugely dearer than the cheaper alternatives; ink is.

I might try that, ie buying a set of Canon inks and running tests, as I’m interested to see whether I can spot the difference (plus of course test the fading.)

Are your two printers identical in all but ink?
Seems de je vue if that's correct term. I use compatible (cheap) cartridges for printing text, and use Cannon ones for printing photos.
Woofgang when printing pics printer uses all the inks including black.
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Yes, quite Tony - except the Canon which has TWO black cartridges, one for text, one for photos!
OK Brig my printer is just a simple Epson with 4 cartridges you can buy extra large black one though.
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Another problem, Tony, is that a full set for a Canon MG7550 is £66! Hell of a price for an experiment.

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Bainbrig don’t know if this is relevant to your post

I asked a shop in Edinburgh he said bring your canon cartridge in and I will refill black£15 colour £16
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Hello Jordy - yes and no. Excellent price for refills, but woofgang has sort of challenged me to try my printer with genuine Canon inks - now if you could find some of THEM going cheap, that would be good!

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Thanks chelle, that is a very interesting link. Canon inks don't actually specify whether they're pigment or dye-based. I'll investigate further!

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bainbrig, you don't need to buy a whole set, my suggestion was to just buy one colour, whichever colour you see most fade from. My printers aren't identical. They are all photo quality, one is an older all in one, one is a newer all in one and the third is an A3. I use genuine Canon in the A3 and the newer all in one and cheaper ones in the older printer. TBH I have never noticed a difference but I don't pin stuff on the wall where it would fade.
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Difficult to pin down a colour in that way, but I’ll have a look.

(I know it’s irrelevant, but why do you have so many printers?)

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You could laminate your picture. It works!

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