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Printing Lingo: What is Aqueous Coating?

Aqueous Coating is a popular type of clear top coat applied to printed pieces, such as brochures and flyers. It helps protect the ink and paper against scuffs, abrasions and smudges.

In addition to protection, Aqueous Coating enhances the appearance of printed pieces by providing some sheen, which in turn helps make colors appear more vivid.

Aqueous Coating is available in a variety of sheen levels and can be applied over wet ink while the job is still on-press. It also dries fast, which reduces the handling time for post-press operations such as cutting and folding.

As the name implies, Aqueous Coating is water-based. This makes it more economical and environmentally friendly than many traditional varnishes. Aqueous coating is also less prone to cracking.

Give Formax a call if you have any questions about Aqueous Coating or any other coatings used on print materials. Let us help you make informed choices about your next print project.

Take care! Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include book printing, full-color printing, laminated printing, map printing, plus mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services since 1985.

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