Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
At some point, the image will either fade, dry and flake off, or the paper underneath it will turn to dust, whichever comes first. Is there really such an advantage in this hair-splitting procedure?
The limiting factor for my prints will likely be the garbage incinerator that my pics will be subjected to when I kick the bucket. There are, however, people who can make prints which mankind would like to last for a very long time, and most of the research on archival printing targets exactly these prints. It is up to every one of us for ourselves to decide how much effort we would want to put into making our prints archivally stable.