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Our Protective Finishes

UV Varnishes and Film Lamination; what's the difference?

UV Protective Varnishes

This clear protective varnish is applied to the labels at the end of the production process before cutting in order to extend the life of your labels as long as possible.

We provide it as standard because it ensures that your labels won’t fade under exposure to UV light. Not only that, it also protects the print work from minor scuffs and to a certain extent from liquid contamination. All of the above mean it’s the perfect solution for products such as food and drink labels, for example, meaning even thick and textured paper labels can withstand the impact of daily use, all the while maintaining the important function of looking great.

Protective varnishes are available in either a gloss or a matt finish.

Film Lamination

The film lamination process, as the name suggests, adds a protective plastic film layer to our self-adhesive labels. This has various advantages relating to their look, feel, and durability.

As with the UV protective varnish, film lamination is available in gloss or matt, but creates a particularly strong effect that varnishes can’t replicate. Both provide a slightly more premium feel to labels too, due to the added thickness they give the material.

Gloss film lamination is particularly effective for premium and high-impact labels due to the super glossy look it creates. This proves especially popular for sports nutrition labels, as well as for paint and chemical product labels, for example.

Matt film lamination has the same protective qualities of its glossy twin, but creates a silk finish to labels, providing a soft yet striking aesthetic. This has proven popular for a wide variety of self-adhesive labels from beer through to cosmetic product labels.

Finally, laminated labels are particularly durable due to the added layer of protection. In particularly harsh environments, the extra layer of protection ensures that the print work can withstand heavier impacts, scuffs and contamination. This is why lamination is more suitable for outdoor use than varnished labels, for example.