opinions on very long term storage and references from Google search

From: der Mouse <mouse_at_Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: Sat May 15 23:51:48 2004

>> Does any type of archival-quality toner exist? [...]
> The problem is that the toner never penetrates the fibres of the
> paper, as inks do. The actual toner material is apparently very
> stable, but because of the bonding problem, no right minded
> [archivist] can recommend toner based printouts.

Couldn't this be dealt with by painting the printed side of the page
with a sealant of some kind, a thin shellac or varnish or some such?
Maybe print on unsized paper (lack of sizing shouldn't matter for laser
printing precisely because toner doesn't soak in the way ink does) and
apply the sizing after printing? (I don't know enough about paper
sizing to know whether this is a ludicrous suggestion....)

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