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Printing Lingo: What is a Flood Coat?

In the print industry, a Flood Coat refers to any coating that covers the entire surface of a paper sheet or other substrate. As the name implies, Flood Coating is a term associated with coatings applied in liquid form.

Flood Coating is most commonly used to describe the application of a protective or decorative coating, such as a UV coating, aqueous coating, or varnish. In the majority of cases, coatings of this nature are applied as a Flood Coat over a printed surface…leaving no portion of the sheet uncoated.

Related Article: What is Spot UV?

Flood Coating can also refer to a single ink color that completely covers a surface from edge to edge. Hence, any piece printed as a solid color could be referred to as having flood ink coverage.

If you have any questions about Flood Coating or any other print-related terms, give Formax a call at 866-367-6221. Or, if you have an upcoming project and would like a quote, click here to access our easy quote request form. We look forward to assisting with 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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