A guide to In-line waterbased coatings

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Cost effective ways to enhance your print – a guide to in line coatings

There are many ways to enhance the finish on your print ranging from very simple to the very elaborate. Here I want to share with you the different options available with in line coatings.

An in line coating is a water based coating that is applied at the same time as printing the sheet before going through an extended drying unit. This applies a much thicker coating than using an oil based varnish so the effects are more significant. The sheet is then dry to touch as it lands in the press delivery, reducing any risk of marking and also allowing the sheets to be finished quickly.

Usually a coating is applied to the whole sheet but can be applied to certain areas and simple shapes by removing the area you want to be coating free from the blanket. There are limitations to this and it will add extra costs.

A coating can be applied on any coated material above 130gsm. Uncoated stocks are not suitable as the coating just soaks into the material rather than sitting on top.

There are several basic options that all have different effects depending on the type of material used.

Common Coatings

The most common options are Gloss, Silk and Matt which can be used with the same coated material to enhance the finish or be used on an opposite material to create a different effect. A gloss coating on a gloss material will give a high gloss finish but a gloss coating on a matt material will give a softer, subtle look and feel.

Specialist Coatings

Rubbacoat is a tactile matt finish that is soft to touch. This can be compared to a soft touch laminate but has a more subtle finish.

Supreme Gloss does exactly what you would expect and gives a much higher gloss finish but can only be applied to one side of the sheet.

Evasive Varnishing

This latest technology we have developed enables you to create an effect similar to Spot UV varnishing. By using a varnish and a coating in the same pass, you are able to create some fantastic results. As this is applied in the same pass as printing, this can be used cost effectively throughout a brochure rather than only using on a cover.

As with most effect, the best way to see which option will work best for your project is to see a finished product. If you would like a copy of our Coating Guide showing all the options mentioned above then please get in touch or email martin.e@centralcolour.co.uk and we will get a copy out to you.