Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
Just FYI, Yupo is very similar to Ultrastable. These supports are very similar to the support used for coating Ciba/Ilfochrome color material.

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This is not correct.


The base material used for coating Ciba/Ilfochrome was Melinex, manufactured by ICI , is Polyester . Yupo is made of polypropylene and is similar to the Kimdura "synthetic, water proof paper" that was used as a base for coating the UltraStale pigment films.


Polyproplyene should not be used as the final support for carbon transfer prints. Testing has shown it exhibits serious long-term adhesion and cohesion failures.


The white UltraStable base had a gelatin top coat over an in-line gel subbing layer. A receiving top coat is necessary for the long term stability of any prints made onto polyester.


A rule of thumb: if you can transfer the image from a temporary support sheet (yupo, polyester, etc). it should not be used as a final support. You can also test for this by using scotch tape to peel off the processed gelatin image.