Printed material is often is seen coated with a subtle gloss attribute. This not only gives the image and colors a great deal
of emphasis but also helps protect against ink rub-off. The best quality of coating happens when varnish is used on dark
printing ink covering a large surface area.
– Aqueous Coating:
This is a clear, fast-drying, water-based coating used to protect printed pieces. It gives a high-gloss or matte surface that deters dirt and fingerprints. It improves the durability of the material even through rough handling. This environmentally friendly varnish is typically applied at the last stage of the printing press.
This is basically clear ink and can either be gloss, satin or matte. This is also known as flood varnish as it covers the entire page for protection, and/or to give it sheen. Spot varnish allows you to highlight specific areas of a printed piece and adds shine and depth to specific elements on the page such as a logo or an image.
– UV Coating:
In this process the coating, done using specific UV compatible inks, is cured by exposure to ultraviolet light in order to dry quickly and harden. While they provide the highest gloss versus other coatings, they can crack when folded due to the thickness and hardness of the coating. Pages that have been given this coating cannot be stamped or embossed.
– Soft Touch Coating
This form of coating creates a gentle velvety texture on the paper, giving it a rich tactile experience, vastly increasing its appeal. It can help create a softer feel and look for the printed material. This coating does all this while also creating a barrier that is fingerprint resistant. It dries fast, is non-yellowing, and is eco-friendly.