UV & Aqueous Specialty Coatings

Diamond Packaging utilizes a variety of standard and specialty UV and aqueous coatings to protect and enhance your packaging. These techniques help make your package come to life in the retail environment, ensuring your brand wins at the First Moment of Truth (FMOT).

The Role of UV and Aqueous Coatings

Choosing the proper coating is an essential step in designing and producing quality packaging. Why are coatings so important? For some of the same reasons that packaging is important. While packaging protects and enhances the beauty of what’s inside, coatings help protect and enhance the appearance of the printed package itself. Because coatings are dually decorative and protective, they are an economical way to extend both the appearance and the lifespan of the package.

The Role of UV and Aqueous Coatings

Shelf Appeal

One of the goals of packaging is to catch the consumer’s eye, encouraging them to examine and explore the package and its contents. A quality coating increases shelf appeal by imparting additional tactile elements and adding snap to printed graphics. The most common types of coatings used today are Ultraviolet (UV) and aqueous. Both are available in a range of finishes from matte through satin to gloss, expanding design flexibility beyond the choice of inks.

A coating also protects the package from the rigors of assembly, fulfillment, shipping and distribution, safeguarding it from fingerprints, abrasion and scuffing. UV and aqueous coatings both demonstrate excellent abrasion and block resistance; in some cases, effectively eliminating the need for shrinkwrap or other protective layers.

Choosing the Proper Print Coating

Which is the best coating for a job? That depends as much on the job as it does on the coating. Expectations of performance, appearance, quality and cost are variables to weigh when making a decision. Other factors to consider include operator experience, job latitude (tolerance), storage conditions, and performance requirements.

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Choosing the Proper Print Coating

Diamond Coatings

Diamond carefully evaluates all inks and coatings suppliers in an effort to make the best recommendation for our customers’ products. We utilize a variety of standard and specialty coatings to protect and enhance your packaging.

Standard Coatings

  • UV – matte, satin, and gloss finishes available
  • Aqueous – water based; also available in FDA-compliant formulations

Specialty Coatings

  • DiamondEmboss – exhibits a unique dimensional profile, without embossing
  • DiamondGlitter – creates stunning shimmering effects
  • DiamondGloss – creates decorative gloss effects without trap lines
  • DiamondMatte – creates decorative matte effects without trap lines
  • DiamondPearl – exhibits unique shimmering finishes
  • DiamondTexture – imparts a raised, thermographic-like finish without embossing
  • DiamondTouch – soft touch effect adds tactile quality and promotes consumer interaction
  • Glass – adds stunning glitter effects
  • Interference – enhances color and adds color shifting properties
  • Iriodin® – non-uniform pearl lustre particles create unique shimmer effects
  • Metallized Flakes – adds metallized effects
  • Reticulated – imparts a subtle, textured finish without embossing
  • Scented – engages consumers and encourages interaction at point-of-sale

Specialty Coatings Gallery

Procter & Gamble
Soft touch coating with cold foil
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Elizabeth Arden
UV matte and UV gloss spot coating
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Diamond Packaging
Emboss, pearl, soft touch, texture, and metallic specialty coatings
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UV matte and UV gloss spot coating
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Five Star Fragrance
Soft touch coating with cold foil
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Elizabeth Arden
Soft touch, UV matte, and UV gloss spot coating
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Sustainable Benefits

Diamond's UV and aqueous coatings enhance the printed surface while providing more sustainable benefits:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) ink curing involves 100% solids
  • No solvents or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are released into the atmosphere during the curing process

  • UV cured materials are fully repulpable and recyclable*

  • As a solid waste class, printed materials, with or without UV coating, are considered by the EPA to be in the non-hazardous materials class for landfill purposes. They pose no unsafe conditions to the environment as a solid waste.

*Source: Recyclability of UV and EB Printed and Coated Paper. Beloit Corporation. 1992.

RadTech commissioned the Beloit Corporation to perform a study on the recyclability of UV printed and coated paper. The main conclusion is that UV printed and coated paper waste can be completely broken down and recycled into low-grade or fine paper grades using common, commercially available recycling equipment.

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Sustainable Benefits of UV Coatings

Sample Kit

Contact us for more information on our capabilities or to request a free folding carton sample kit. The kit includes examples of different substrates and capabilities, including specialty UV coatings, cold foiling, foil stamping, embossing, and windowing. All are designed to attract the consumer’s attention when and where it matters most—at the point of sale.

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