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Foiling and Embossing Specifications & Tips:                                                 
Min. 8 1/2" x 11"
Max 28: x 40"

  • As a rule when foil is required over a printed area, wax free inks should be used whenever possible, and fully dried.
  • Never knock out the area where foil is to be placed.
  • Foil stamping wet sheets can cause gassing and other adhesion problems that in turn can delay the finishing delivery. Print as early as possible and allow for the necessary drying time.
  • Embossing calls for special attention in typesetting and design. Typefaces and art copy with thin "weight" or delicate serifs are typically not recommended. A simple rule of thumb would be to recognize any embossing copy that is less that 1/32" (aprox. 2 points) in "weight" and contact us for an evaluation.
  •  Please lead the job's arrival with the following so we can prepare for your job and keep it on track without unnecessary delay... film "negative" for foil stamping or debossing, film "positive" for embossing, and foil color choice. This way we can make the necessary dies and order foil if necessary before your job arrives.
  • All jobs must be clearly marked for gripper and side guide. Detailed artwork and/or samples with unquestionable positioning and pertinent detail clearly shown must be shipped with each job order.
  • Please include a shipper showing quantity of sheets shipped, quantity of finished pieces needed, and what quantity of overs, if any, that are desired.
  • As a general rule, you can utilize smaller type sizes on coated stocks versus softer, more coarse or textured uncoated stocks.  The hot stamping die will deboss into the softer, uncoated stock much more easily and can potentially cause ‘fill in’. Finally, because typefaces generally appear bolder when foiled, don’t track or kern too tightly. It is a good rule of thumb to set type loosely and with more leading than you might ordinarily consider.With embossing, if the letters are close to each other, create more space (kerning) to allow for the bevel (the edge of an embossed or debossed area made to a specific angle to the paper plane). As with all situations, it is always best to involve Fastkit during the early stages of the project.

Eyelets, Grommets and Rivets Specifications & Tips:

  • In the eyeleting process, a hollow metal cylinder is driven through collated sheets, allowing them to pivot during use. Wheel charts, comparison guides and swatchbooks are popular eyeleting applications that take advantage of this pivoting feature.
  • Eyelets can also be applied to single film laminated sheets, providing a durable method of hanging posters and displays.
  • Eyelets are available in a variety of diameters and lengths, and they must match the bulking thickness of the project.
  • Involve Fastkit during planning to be sure the proper eyelets are available for your project.
  Die Cutting Specifications & Tips:

  • All work should be set back a minimum of 1/2" from gripper edge to first trim edge of finished piece when ever possible.
  • Send steel rule die layout (if applicable). so die can be prepared in advance when possible. All jobs should be clearly marked for gripper and side guide.
  • Detailed artwork, an accurate die line, and or samples with unquestionable positioning and pertinent detail clearly shown, should be included with the shipping of every job.
  •  Please include a shipper showing quantity of sheets shipped, quantity of finished pieces needed, and what quantity of "overs", if any that are desired.
  Laminating Specifications & Tips:

One sided specs:
  • Sheet size capacity of 8 1/2" x 11" (minimum) to 28" x 40" (max.) with ability to run sheet thicknesses from 80# C2S text up to 18 pt. board. 
  • Standard film thickness is 1.7 mil available in standard gloss, and matte finishes.
Two sided specs:
  • Sheet size capacity of 8 1/2" x 11" (minimum) to 28" x 40" (max.) with ability to run most any thickness of stock up to 24 pt.
  • Two sided jobs smaller than 8 1/2" x 11" can also be run on a hand fed basis... please call. Film thicknesses of 1.7, 3, 5, and 10 mils are available (with all thicknesses available in gloss, and 1.7 and 3 mils available in matte finish).
  • Also, the finished edge of the piece can be "edge sealed" (meaning addition plastic lam is left beyond all edges of the finished piece forming a seal) or flush trimmed on a paper cutter re-exposing the raw edge of the original sheet.
  Mechanical Binding Specifications &Tips:

  • To insure that we have just the right element size to finish your mechanical binding correctly, we must have in advance, a sample book mock up containing the exact stock (both text and covers) to process the order.
  • Our punching holes will involve aprox. 1/4" in from the bind edge... it is advisable that all text or good image be kept aprox. 1/2" from the bind edge.
  • Wire-O: Max. standard bind edge length- 17" Max. book thickness- 1 1/4" Plastic coil: Max. standard bind edge length- 13" Max. book thickness- 1 1/16"
Some longer bind edge lengths available, please call.

UV Coating Specifications & Tips:

The enhanced versatility of UV coating performed as a post press process allows for better control of the concentration of UV coatings applied to the sheet. We use a screen printing process to apply UV coating, allowing for very thick or thin concentrations based on customer requirements. UV formulas that include glitter, glow-in-the-dark pigments or specialty textures are available to create a unique appearance.

Usage and Planning Tips:

  • We recommend using only wax- and silicone-free inks on UV-coated products. The chemistry of the UV coating may prevent it from bonding properly with other ink formulas.
  • Test your project prior to the production run. This allows us to spot potential problems, such as uneven coating application and heat-related issues such as ink discoloration, that could cost you time and money if they’re discovered during production.
  • Sheets must be completely dry prior to UV coating, so be sure to give your sheets ample drying time - especially those with heavy ink coverage. Since the curing process tends to dry the stock, sheets may need to be scored if folding will be performed over coated areas.
Fastkit Offers a wide range of specialty UV coatings, in today’s digital society, the amount of time available to capture a reader’s attention is becoming shorter and shorter. The use of specialty UV coatings for off-line print finishing is nothing new. However, there are some interesting new coatings and techniques that not only create stunning sensory effects but also lend themselves well to use by most commercial printers. Here are some of the offerings from Fastkit.

Gloss/Matte Contrast

Most are familiar with gloss UV coatings that provide a high level of sheen or gloss, as well as matte coatings which give a dull effect. Both types can be applied in a spot application or overall pattern. These coatings can deliver high clarity, outstanding flexibility, and rub resistance that rivals or exceeds film lamination. However, the combination of these two technologies on the same printed piece can maximize the visual contrast between the gloss areas and matte areas. The result is that the glossy areas jump out at the viewer.

Raised or Embossed

This type of finish is created with a special high-viscosity UV coating that is applied in a heavy pattern to exhibit a unique dimensional profile that is comparable to mechanical embossing. Capable of being applied to a thickness in excess of 5 mils, these coatings provide excellent gloss, clarity, and protection of any piece. The result is a dramatic appearance that can bring to life snow on a mountainside, raindrops on a window, the leather of a jacket, or a myriad of other effects.


This type of finish creates a wrinkle-like or orange peel appearance.  With these coatings, printers can spot-apply or coat entire areas to provide dimensional finishes that can range from the look of leather to frosted glass.


Glitter is typically comprised of finely cut squares of metalized film. It can be used in combination with raised/embossed or specially engineered UV gloss coatings. The embossed/glitter combination allows designers to create unique specialized effects with different colors, shapes, and dimensions. In addition, emboss/glitter combinations can be applied to a thickness in excess of 5 mils and provide excellent gloss and clarity to any printed piece. Glitter coatings are supplied in various colors and cut sizes.


These coatings also are used in combination with emboss or specially engineered UV gloss coatings. By combining a very small discrete particle of a shimmering pearlized compound with a gloss coating, designers can create their own unique personalized effects using different colors, shapes, and dimensions. The effect is a rich, pearly finish.

Metallic or Foil Effect

Metallic inks have been in use for several years, but they do not come close to providing the highly reflective appearance and brilliance offered by metalized papers, foil laminations, and cold or hot foil stamping. However, recent innovations in coatings technology have resulted in break-through improvements in the brilliance that can be achieved with UV-curable metallic coatings. The higher application amounts typically applied with metallic coatings (v. metallic inks) can achieve effects that are equally brilliant to foil laminations. In addition, these coatings can be applied to precise areas, reducing waste and saving time and energy through process efficiencies. Moreover, these metallic coatings are easily removed in the repulping process.

At Fastkit we can perform UV coatings in a wide range of standard and custom-mixed finishes to fit the requirements of your application. Combined with our hard cover and soft cover adhesive and mechanical binding services, foil stamping, embossing, die cutting and more, Fastkit is well-equipped to handle even the most complex demands. Give us a call to let us know how we can help you take advantage of UV coating on your next project.