Inside front cover of Sappi’s The Standard 3, Varnish & Coatings, reproduced with permission of Sappi

Print coatings help protect the integrity of the ink on the page and keeps it from scratching and fingerprinting. Of the various types of coating we use what is known as aqueous coating. Basically, it acts as a clear liquid shield on your printed piece. It’s durable and doesn’t crack or scuff easily. It looks and performs much like varnish, but provides better rub protection and does not yellow over time. Unlike other coatings, aqueous dries quickly, allowing for faster back-ups. This gives you a beautiful and professional look while protecting your print as well.