Grafix Dura-Lar® is the Acetate alternative. This polyester film combines the best features of Mylar® and Acetate to provide a highly versatile film.
- Will not tear, absorb moisture or discolor with age
- Heat resistant
- Dimensionally stable
- Lays flat
- Acid free and archival
Clear Dura-Lar .001″ to .020″ film is an ultra clear, glossy surface for protective coverings, layouts, color separations, window applications and overhead transparencies. Use as an artwork surface for permanent inks and markers.
Matte Dura-Lar .005” film has a matte translucent drawing surface on two sides. This film will accept lead, ink, charcoal, paint and colored pencil, erases cleanly and is an economical alternative to Drafting Film.
Wet Media Dura-Lar .004” film is specially coated on both sides to accept water-based mediums, markers and inks without beading, chipping or running. Great for planning painting compositions, as a painting surface or printmaking. Simply wipe with a damp cloth for repeated use.
Metallized Dura-Lar .002″ or .005″ film that has a thin coating of aluminum vacuum deposited on the surface. Available in gold and silver with and without an adhesive backing. Create the perfect mirror-like finish for model making, signs, banners, stage crafts and collages.
Adhesive Backed Dura-Lar .002″ or .005″ film that has a permanent adhesive backing. Ideal for use in laminating or as a protective covering.
All styles available in sheets, rolls and pads.
Do you know if resin will bond with Dura-Lar?
Resin can be used as both a sealer and bonding agent with Dura-Lar. Always test your brand of resin with Dura-Lar and the surface you are using to be certain it works for your application.
What kind of adhesive will bond with Dura-Lar?
We have a Glue Reference Chart that outlines the types of glue used to mount a variety of films. Gel medium can also be used to mount or seal Dura-Lar.
Why would I use a fixative on Matte Dura-Lar?
To prevent blooming (when the wax in pencils rises to the surface and fogs the pencil color) or fading. Sometimes pencil can look shiny on the film and a fixative can dull the color.
Does Matte Dura-Lar need to be sealed when using mediums such as; colored pencil, pastel, graphite, charcoal or crayons?
It is not necessary to seal the Matte Dura-Lar, but a matter of preference, desired outcome and framing plans.
If you choose to seal the Matte Dura-Lar we have some suggestions, but we strongly recommend testing yourself and also reviewing the Manufacturers guidelines for their products.
Krylon Workable Fixative
Krylon Gallery Series Archival Fixatif (has UV protection)
Sennelier Matte UV Protection
Krylon UV Protectant
Acrylic Gel Medium