SPOT UV AND OVERALL UV
Fastkit Offers a wide range of specialty UV coatings, in todayís digital society, the amount of time available to capture a
readerís 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.
We can add a great impact to any piece
printed on a coated paper or even on top of film lamination. Our
Sakurai Spot and overall UV coater handles up to 28" x 40" sheets. We
pride take pride on quality control and in the spot UV world that means
tight registration and even coverage.
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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.
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.