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Laminating Versus UV Coating

How do you protect documents while providing a creative finished product that stands out? Should you protect it with lamination or should you protect it with UV Coating?

Marketing managers are always looking for creative ways to lower their cost on print finishing. Budgets are always tight and expanding marketing dollars are always limited. Traditionally, lamination was the way to go to protect a document. Today, there are more options to protect documents including the use of a UV Coating Machine. UV Coating may all you need. The advantage is the per piece cost is pretty inexpensive.


Here are some of 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. For customers who are cost conscience, a UV coated document will do the trick. For other customers with a budget, lamination offers some creative textures to make their marketing documents stand out.

Here is an example of a document coated with REVO SureCoat UV Coating. As you can see, the colors are quite bold.

UV Coating Document
Here is a map that has been covered in lamination. As you can see, there is a little different application than the UV Coating poster.


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 .0 2 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.

Have Both, it keeps you flexible

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 can 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.

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