Whether you are creating postcards to announce the next family reunion or flyers for an upcoming yard sale, you may want to make these printed pieces more durable. The coating applied to a printed product can do just that, protecting the piece from stains, spills, and rips. Adding this extra level of reinforcement should be all that is needed to make your piece stay intact until the event date has passed.
Aqueous Coating (or AQ) is a water-based finish applied during printing to protect and coat the piece. This is usually the standard gloss coating offered by reputable online printers. The AQ seal is environmentally safe and also recyclable. Ultraviolet, or UV, coating is a clear liquid that is spread over the paper like ink and then instantly cured using ultraviolet light.
When UV coating is used, a printed piece has more sheen and is better protected. Since the piece is cured by light, solvents do not enter the atmosphere. However, UV coating is more difficult to recycle because it is the laminate-type coating that some municipalities do not include within their recycling programs. The fact that it is a second process adds several hours to the print job timeline, which may or may not be convenient for a customer.
Ultraviolet One Side Coating is used specifically when printing postcards. This combines the mailing functionality of AQ with the high-gloss aesthetics of UV. Since this separate process is performed after printing, more time is required than a standard print order. The non-UV side is coated with AQ to speed printing.
When ordering flyers, a postcard, or other print products, consumers should consider getting one of these coatings. These are often offered at no or just a small charge and are well worth any extra cost. The resulting piece will be more durable and also more attractive, highlighting its professional-level quality.