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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, and 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 can also be applied in numerous finish options, such as gloss, semi-gloss, high gloss, or a special textured finish that is
achieved using a roller.


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 and physical damage. It can also help protect against UV radiation damage from sources such as sunlight.


Westmount Signs and Printing is able to help you design or fully create any graphics, logos, and printed material your business may need. Our graphic design experts can create stunning digital printed materials in order to give your business the competitive edge.

UV Coating Pros:

  • Low cost
  • 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


  • Higher cost per unit
  • Slow
  • Some trimming required for proper edges


UV coating is a superior option to lamination due to the low cost per unit, coupled with high output speed. Both add a good amount of durability to any digital printing project.


Westmount Signs is highly experienced in all things signs and printing. Our team of experts can offer a full array of solutions on top of banners to get your business the visibility it needs. We save you time by managing all aspects of every signage, graphics, and printing project for you. Check out what our customers have to say about us. We also install, service, and maintain all of your signage products.

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. 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.