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UV Coatings

First impression matters

A cover can make or break a title. Choose the right application to make a great first impression that attracts buyers with our 4-colour and 6-colour sheet-fed service and wide selection of over 20 UV coating options for printing books.

UV Coating

UV Coating

A liquid coating applied by roller over the entire sheet and cured into a hard, durable finish with exposure to ultra-violet light.

Considerations

  • the most cost-effective method of coating
  • excellent glossy finish
  • provides a hard surface that protects ink
  • ideal for lighter-coloured covers (fingerprints easily)
  • does not stretch with folds; slight risk of cracking
  • metallic inks are not recommended due to adhesion issues

Film Lamination

Film Lamination (Gloss/Matte Finish, OPP, Mylar, Nylon Films)

Lamination applied with thermal rolls of adhesive film.

Considerations

  • more expensive than UV
  • excellent glossy appearance
  • nylon film delivers beautiful satin appearance
  • film stretches with folds to prevent cracking
  • adds strength to printed pieces
  • matte OPP film is compatible with spot UV
  • metallic inks are not recommended
  • any matte film will scuff quite easily and is more noticeable on darker colours

Spot UV Coating

Spot UV Coating

A liquid coating applied to specific areas on a press sheet.

Considerations

  • excellent glossy appearance
  • can be applied over matte OPP film to increase visual contrast
  • allows for premium design effects
  • metallic inks are not recommended
  • requires additional time
  • must be kept away from folds, scores or cut lines, as it will crack
  • less expensive than raised UV

 

Raised UV Coating

Raised UV Coating

This liquid coating is applied to specific areas on a press sheet for an embossed or 3D look at a fraction of the cost.

Considerations

  • excellent glossy appearance
  • can be applied over matte OPP film to increase visual contrast
  • no die required – just positive film
  • metallic inks are not recommended
  • inks must be wax-free
  • more noticeable on darker colours
  • additional time required

 

Raised and Glitter UV coating

Raised and Glitter UV Coating

Glitter UV coating
Regular Spot UV coating with glitter flakes applied to specific areas on a press sheet to enhance the design and make the piece sparkle.

Raised and Glitter UV coating
Liquid coating applied to specific areas on a press sheet for an embossed or 3D look that sparkles.

Considerations

  • unique appearance
  • can be applied over matte OPP film to increase visual contrast
  • glitter is available in gold, silver, blue, green, red and other colours
  • press approvals required to determine concentration of glitter to be added on press
  • metallic inks are not recommended
  • inks must be wax free
  • additional time is required

FAQs for coatings

Can an Aqueous coating (AQ) be applied to the printed sheet before any specialty coating such as Film Lamination, overall UV or Spot UV is applied?

Yes, as long as the AQ applied is compatible to Film/UV coating and our specification requirements are followed. Specifications are: 1/2″ gripper free of image and AQ, and 1/4″ on the other 3 sides free of image and AQ.

What type of file is required for Spot UV process?

We require an imposed PDF file with a file size under 25MB. If the file is larger it can be retrieved from an FTP site.

Do you provide a dry erase lamination?

Yes, Gloss OPP film lamination is dry erasable.

Do you offer coating or lamination process that can be glued?

Yes, Mylar Gloss, Matte Scuff Resistant OPP, OPP Velvet, and OPP Gloss can be glued.

Which is process should be done first - foil stamping, embossing or lamination?

Our recommendation would be to print, foil stamp, laminate and then emboss. Testing is recommended if foil stamping has to be applied on film lamination.

Can lamination be applied to half the sheet?

No, we are not able to laminate half a press sheet. A work and turn press sheet should be cut in half. If AQ has been applied, the specification requirements should be followed: 1/2″ gripper free of image and AQ, and 1/4″ on the other 3 sides free of image and AQ.