Laminate It or UV Coat IT?

Customers are looking for creative solutions for their print finishing. To protect a document, the only option in the past was to laminate it. Today, we have the new option of putting your printed documents through a uv coating process. Depending on the document, this may be all that is needed. The advantage to you and your customer is uv coating provides a lower cost option to lamination.

So, what are the advantages of UV Coating?

UV Coating is one of the most cost effective ways to finish a document. It’s easy, the cost of uv coating is less than .02 for a 12×18 printed sheet. If you were to finish the same 12×18 printed sheet using lamination, your cost rises to .30-.40 cents per sheet. While Lamination does provide a different kind of protection for your printed document, it does not bring out the colors quite the way a UV Coated document can.

Here is a poster that was coated with REVO SureCoat UV Coating, As you can see, the colors seem to pop out at you.

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Here is a poster that was laminated. The laminate has to share the spotlight with the printed document and can be impeded by reflecting light.

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There is always going to be a need for laminating over uv coating. What uv coating does for any print shop is give them flexibility. It also helps with project margins because you can’t beat .02 cents a sheet cost over .30-.40 cents cost per sheet. To top it off, the uv coating really brings out the color in a document.

What’s the catch?

There is a place for both lamination and uv coating. You have to decide what is best for your clients based on their needs. UV Coating an provide the document protection they may need for short-term marketing items. For long term document presentation or posters, a laminated solution may what they need. UV Coating gives you the flexibility and the presentation to make your clients look good.

Lloyds of Indiana carries a wide selection of roll lamination equipment and roll laminating film, along with uv coating machines and uv coating solutions featuring the low odor REVO Coatings UV Coating Fluids.

Author: Garry Jones

is President of Lloyds of Indiana, an Online seller of print finishing products and services located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Garry is a thought leader in the ever changing landscape of marketing and printing.

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