UV, Or Non-UV : That Is The Question

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An important choice to ponder when ordering from us is whether your project will be UV-coated or not. Both options look great, but there are some functional and aesthetic differences between the two. Here, we will cover the pros and cons of each.

UV-Coating is shiny and protective

Printed products sporting high-gloss UV coating appear how the name implies, glossy. This quality makes your printed piece stand out by looking professionally crafted, but it also does something else. The coating serves a dual purpose by enhancing the overall appearance of the piece, as well as adding a mildly protective layer shielding it from the elements. This increases the durability of the product when it comes to the wear and tear that comes with prolonged use. In the case of say, a restaurant menu, UV-coated material can withstand multiple uses and will hold up better against the almost unavoidable possibility that something might be spilled on it.

UV-coated printing is quicker to produce

Besides providing a glossy, laminate and protective shield to your project, UV coating also serves another use. When a product is treated with a layer of UV coating during production, it acts as a sealant of sorts. As soon as the coating hits the paper and is activated, the freshly placed ink is held permanently in place instantly. This drastically speeds up turnaround time by circumventing the need for allowing the ink to dry prior to cutting. This is something particularly important to consider when ordering time sensitive material at the last minute when turnaround time is paramount. Moreover, this effect is brought about with little environmental impact in stark contrast to other coatings because it is cured and activated with light as opposed to heat, hence no solvents enter the atmosphere.

So UV-coated pieces are faster, have a shiny, protective shield and are the same price. Why would you ever go with Non-UV?

You can write on Non-UV products

Say you’re printing a weekly newsletter, invitation or document that would require it’s recipient to fill out information on it. If it is UV-coated, chances are high that said recipient will have difficulty writing on it. We strongly recommend you choose Non-UV when ordering these projects since UV coating resists most inks used in writing utensils short of permanent markers. So if you’re going to be handing these out UV-coated, don’t forget to fork over some Sharpies along with them. Pieces that are produced with intentions of being mailed out are also affected by this disadvantage. Most bulk mailers utilize high-speed addressing equipment that is designed to print 20,000 addresses per hour or more. These machines place addresses on the printed piece without the use of a label, and the ink used by most of these machines is tenaciously resisted by UV coating. So, if you’re looking to invest the time and effort into creating some marketing mailers, choose Non-UV, lest your project become rendered functionally useless. If you’re ordering from us however, this drawback is dispelled due to our being able to have the addresses printed on the piece whether it be UV-coated or not.

The choice is yours to make

If none of the pros and cons discussed hold any weight in your decision, pure aesthetic appeal is the only factor left to consider. As mentioned before, both look well made and exhibit a professional level of craftsmanship, so your own personal preference might be the only weight in the balance. Some prefer the look of super high gloss where others prefer the the look of the natural, subtle sheen the paper already posseses. Since we offer both options at the same price, the choice is yours.

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