Michael Topham tests a new aluminium print service from one of the most reputable online photo labs
- Sizes from 10 x 10cm to 150 x 100cm available
- Standard, express and premium express delivery
- Free sample pack available via the website
- Price: £10.95 (10 x 10cm)
- Website: www.whitewall.com
WhiteWall’s HD Metal Print is the latest aluminium finish to be added to the company’s range of online photo lab services. Aimed at those who’d like to create a long-lasting print resistant to scratching, moisture and fading, images are applied to 1mm-thick aluminium through a unique thermal sublimation printing process. An inkjet print is first made on a transfer material before being steamed into the aluminium using high heat and pressure. After cooling, the result is a metal print that’s entirely resistant to UV rays. It can be displayed indoors or outdoors, and can be wiped clean with a cloth.
From the two finishes available from WhiteWall, the gloss finish is intended to preserve a higher level of detail and the richest colour. The brushed and glossy finish creates a metallic look and feel that glistens as the light hits it, and is recommended for black & white images.
WhiteWall Aluminium HD Metal Print – key features
A hanging rail can be selected during the ordering process and added at no extra cost, making it easy to mount on the wall.
Brushed and glossy
The HD Metal Print is available in two finishes. The brushed finish is designed for black & white images.
Ordering an HD Metal Print from WhiteWall’s website couldn’t be easier, and within a couple of minutes I’d uploaded my images and selected my print size and format. Custom sizes for the HD Metal Print service range from 10 x 10cm (£10.95, though currently on offer at £6.90) right up to 150 x 100cm (£379.95), and each of my 40 x 30mm prints cost £45.95 excluding delivery. There’s the option to print in a circular format too, and aluminium hanging rails can be fitted at the back of any print at no extra cost.
Perfect for the kitchen, bathroom or any room in the house, HD Metal Prints might not be the cheapest way to display your images on the wall, but the quality of the end product is to exhibition standard, and you can be assured they’ll be well-packaged when delivered. As a print service it comes highly recommended, but if we had to choose, the gloss finish would be our first choice.
SCORE: 5 out of 5
You may also wish to consider:
Direct print on aluminium Dibond
Price: £3.90 (10 x 10cm)
If you’d like a slightly thicker print on an aluminium finish, WhiteWall’s Direct print on aluminium Dibond service is worth a closer look. It comes with a matt finish.
Price: £14.90 (30 x 20cm)
WhiteWall also produces canvas prints if you’d prefer a textured finish to your wall art. Prices start from £14.90 (30 x 20cm), with sizes up to 180 x 120cm (£241.95).
Price: £2.90 (10 x 10cm)
WhiteWall also offers a photo-print service from its website, with a choice of six premium papers. The Lambda print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive DP II is the bestseller.