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Spot-UV & Coatings

We offer a range of coatings to give your printing a WOW factor!

Want to really make your printing grab your audience’s attention? Including coatings can:

  • Create a great first impression about you
  • Instantly raise the interest level of the recipient
  • Add to the drama and punch of your message
  • Increases the perceived value of your product
  • Make your printing more likely to be read and kept!
What Are Coatings?

Liquid coatings are applied to a printed surface (for example the outside of a presentation folder) to add a clear glossy, matte, satin, or neutral finish.

Coatings can be carried out ‘online’ (the coating is applied directly (within seconds) after the ink is put on the paper), or ‘offline’ by a separate machine, some time after printing.

There are various kinds of coatings that can be applied to printing, but all share some common characteristics. A coating increases color absorption and speeds up the drying process. By ‘locking in’ in the ink under a protective coat, the coating helps to prevent the ink rubbing off when the paper is subjected to handling.

These are the major types of coatings available:

  • 1. Gloss Coating

    A gloss coating is often used to enhance the appearance of printed photographs in brochures or flyers, as the coating reflects back the light and makes colors appear richer and more vivid. A gloss coating can add impact to your print, especially in sales or promotional material, where optimum presentation of images is paramount.

  • 2. Matte Coating

    A matte coating gives the printed surface a non-glossy, smooth look. This type of seal is sometimes considered to ‘soften’ the appearance of a printed image. Small text in a leaflet or booklet is easier to read on a surface coated with matt coating as the coating scatters the light, reducing glare.

  • 3. UV Coating

    Ultra Violet (UV) Coating is a process for achieving an even more striking type of coating on your printed material. Requiring the use of special Ultraviolet drying machinery, a UV coating is like a deluxe version of the non-UV coatings, with the coating appearing noticeably richer and more luxurious. A UV coating can be applied as either an all-over coating, or as a spot coating.

  • 4. Full UV Coating

    Simply put, this is a UV seal applied all over the printed surface. A gloss UV coating gives a very high gloss effect.

  • 5. Spot UV Coating

    As the name suggests, a Spot UV Coating is applied to chosen spots (areas), of a printed piece. This has the affect of highlighting and drawing attention to that part of the design, but it also provides the additional visual stimulus of having varied textures on a single printed surface. This adds a lot of interest, and can identify the printing as a premium piece of literature in the perception of the reader.

    One very effective technique is to apply a Spot UV Gloss Coating on top of matt laminated printing. This achieves maximum contrast between the highly reflective shiny UV coating and the light-absorbing matt laminate, and can, for instance, create a striking first impression on presentation folders, brochure covers, postcards and business cards.