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UV coating and lamination are both popular options for protecting and preserving printed documents, such as business cards. Both processes can greatly extend the lifespan and durability of a printed product, as well as provide a different feel and texture for the product. In this article we will look at the differences between the two, as well as some pros and cons of each.

UV Coating

UV Coating is done through a process that combines a polymer resin and ultraviolet light. Liquid polymer resin covers the product, and then ultraviolet light helps turn the resin into a solid. UV coating serves as a direct replacement for lamination and provides the following benefits:

  • Protective Covering (including against scratching and fingerprints)
  • Higher Vibrancy
  • Richer Colours

The coating is a glossy finish.


Lamination is the classic method of protecting printed materials. In either a hot or cold process (depending on nature of the material being laminated), a film is spread across the product. That film acts as a physical barrier between the material, and events such as water damage and physical damage. It can also help prevent against UV radiation damage such as sunlight. And the laminate comes with three different finish options to further enhance your printed item; Matte, Soft Touch & high Gloss


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UV Coating Pros:

  • Low cost per unit
  • No additional cutting/trimming required after coating as been applied
  • Fast


  • Higher initial cost (one time cost)
  • Ventilation required to protect from harmful fumes during the process

Laminate Pros:

  • Low initial setup cost
  • Low setup requirements
  • Optional edge seal to further weather proof item
  • Different finishing options like matte, soft touch or gloss


  • Higher cost per unit
  • Additional trimming may be required


UV Coatings or a Laminate will give you a distinctive look to stand out from the crowd. UV coating is the lower cost option but has limited finish option of gloss, whereas lamination gives you the choice of finish such as matte, soft touch or a high gloss. Both add a good amount of durability to any digital printing project.


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Westmount Signs is committed to being the only provider you need for affordable and professional signs. We respond to all customer requests within one business day of receiving them. We also save you time by managing every detail of the process for you. Check out what our customers have to say about us by clicking here! We also install, service, and maintain all of your signage products.