UV Coating

A coating used to accentuate specific areas (spot coating) or to protect an entire print (full coverage). Choose from a range of finishes including matte, semigloss, gloss, and soft touch. UV coatings can achieve a high gloss finish and resistance to solvents and abrasion — superior to those of water-based coatings.

What is uv coating?

Generally, UV coatings are used to boost the aesthetics of a print, and spot gloss is the most common application.

With UV coatings, you can get higher gloss and rub resistance than aqueous coatings, but if you need an edge-to-edge application, aqueous is a cheaper option.

Why choose it?

  • Protects product from scuffs and scratches

  • Higher gloss options than aqueous or varnish

  • Ink rub resistance

  • Spot and flood coating options

  • No solvents emitted in curing process (cured with UV, not heat)

  • Consistent results

Why not choose it?

  • Requires more energy to dry than aqueous coatings

  • Resists additional imprinting (i.e. writing with pen or pencil)

  • More expensive than aqueous coatings

  • Can crack more easily when scored or folded (since the coating is thicker/harder)

  • Oil-based ink

  • Can emit an unpleasant smell, but low odor options are available

  • Specialty process: Fewer factories have this equipment

Examples of items that use uv coating