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What is aqueous coating?
An aqueous coating is a water-based coating applied to a printed piece to enhance the graphics with a matte or gloss finish. It provides added durability and protects the surface from scratches, fingerprints, dirt, and smudging.
What's the difference between an aqueous coating and UV coating?
Aqueous coatings are dried by hot air, UV coatings are almost instantly dried and cured by ultraviolet light. UV coatings are tougher and more slippery than aqueous. A ballpoint pen can be used to write on an aqueous coating, but not on most UV coatings. Gloss UV coatings can achieve a higher shine.
What is Flood UV coating?
A gloss or matte finish is applied to the entire printed piece. For this type of coating, a liquid is applied to the printed paper and exposed to an ultraviolet light which rapidly cures it and bonds it to the paper. UV coating adds durability and enhances the artwork.
What is spot UV finishing?
A gloss or matte UV finish can be applied to specific "spot" areas of the printed piece such as photographs and graphic images. For this type of coating a liquid is applied to the printed paper and exposed to an ultraviolet light which rapidly cures it and bonds it to the paper.
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