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Coatings and Lamination

Print Coatings and Lamination with ColorPage

Here at ColorPage Marketing and Publishing, we are a one-stop shop for all things marketing and publishing, and we strive to be affordable to all businesses, while achieving quality, professional work. We offer print coatings and lamination services for publications of all types. We offer varnish, UV coating, and lamination. Continue reading to decide which is best for your business and marketing needs.

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Varnish, or print varnish, is a clear coating that can be processed like an ink in (offset) presses. It has a similar composition to ink, but lacks any color pigment. It is applied to printed surfaces for looks and protection.

Varnish is the least-effective way to prevent scuffing. It is essentially ink without pigment. It requires its own printing unit on press. It is often printed as an additional pass through the press, after the initial ink coating has dried, so that it provides a glossier finish. Varnish is available at ColorPage in gloss and in dull.

A skillful designer may treat varnish as a color-playing gloss, and varnish off against matte inks in order to give subtle effects. You can even highlight specific areas on a page, such as a title or a portion of an image. (This technique works best when done on dark backgrounds)

UV Coating

UV Coating is a clear liquid spread over paper, like ink, and then cured instantly with ultraviolet light. It can be a gloss or dull coating, and can be used as a spot-covering in order to accent a particular image on the sheet, or as an overall (flood) coating.

UV coating gives more protection and sheen than either varnish or aqueous coating. Since it is cured with light and not heat, no solvents enter the atmosphere. However, it is more difficult to recycle than the other coatings.

UV coating is applied as a separate finishing operation as a flood coating. Keep in mind that this thick coating may crack when scored or folded.

ColorPage’s XDC 480 UV Coater
Produces richer and more vibrant colors on digitally or offset printed pieces.


Laminates are available as film, one side or both sides of a sheet, and can have a gloss or matte finish. As the name suggests, a clear plastic film is adhered to a paper substrate using a special lamination machine, which applies the correct heat and pressure to ensure a lasting adhesion.

Laminates protect the sheet from water (including perspiration from the hands) and are therefore great for coating items such as menus and book covers. Laminates are slow to apply and costly, but provide a strong, washable surface.

ColorPage book covers are laminated using 1.5 mil, non-curl, nylon lamination film, available in both matte and gloss finishes.

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