With conventional inks, customers often request for their printed pieces to have aqueous coating added to the process to make the piece more resistant to scratching and marking. Unless a customer wants to add a glossy finish, or a very flat dull finish to the piece, aqueous coatings are not needed. UV inks are cured right away and are more resistant to scratching and marking.
Putting a gloss or satin aqueous coating on a matte, satin, or velvet stock will not give any significant visual effect. There is no need to request this to protect the ink on this type of stock and because you are not improving the visual look, it will be a waste of money.
Below are a couple of examples in which UV inks can have a significant visual effect with an aqueous coating:
- Printing on gloss paper and want to add a glossy finish to the piece
- Printing on a dull paper and want to add a flat dull finish
We would be more than happy to discuss with you what technique would be best for your printed piece to stand out and can also send you
free samples of our capabilities.