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Tips & Techniques


The degree of lightfastness of a colour indicates the extent to which a colour-giving substance is damaged by ultraviolet light.

Ultraviolet light is a component of both daylight and artificial light. It has the ability to breakdown colouring substances; the colour 'fades'. How quickly this happens depends on the lightfastness of a colouring substance in combination with the amount of ultraviolet light. Some colours begin to fade after only a few days, others after many years or even never.

The symbols of Royal Talens should be read as follows:
º       = 0 - 10 years lightfast under museum conditions
+      = 10 - 25 years lightfast under museum conditions
++    = 25 - 100 years lightfast under museum conditions
+++  = at least 100 years lightfast under museum conditions