Lamination and Varnishing Book Cover Finishes – How to choose?

As an old saying goes, clothes make the man, it also applies to a book. For book printing, the back process just likes putting on a fine cover for a book, making books more elegant, more durable. So here’s what I’m going to introduce, the two most important process, lamination, and varnishing.

Lamination is a paper-plastic product processing technology, it covers a 0.012 to 0.020 mm-thick transparent plastic film on the surface of the print. It is a way of protecting and decorating the surface of the print. Generally speaking, lamination can be divided into gloss lamination and matte lamination. Just as its name implies, gloss lamination makes the paper prints brighter, then the matte lamination makes the color softer.

Lamination and Varnishing

Varnishing is coated with a gloss coating on the surface of the printed matter to forms a layer of colorless transparent after drying. Varnishing protects the printing and improves product decoration artistic effect. It can be divided into oil glazing, solvent glazing, waterborne glazing, and UV glazing. In these varnishing processes, the QINPrinting company uses waterborne glazing which is more environmentally friendly.

So how do we choose between the two processes that also can protect and decorate products?

In terms of function, lamination plays a more important role in improving abrasive resistance, folding resistance and waterproofness of paper print than varnishing. It has more advantages in removing surface stains and keeping the cover clean. But in terms of environmental protection, there is no problem with paper – plastic separation in the varnishing process. Prints can be recycled directly, without polluting the environment.

Lamination and varnishing are also widely used in printing, involving all aspects of life.

Lamination technology

Lamination technology is mainly used in books, catalogs, manuals, brochures, flyers printing, and other paper print. Usually, in book printing, we choose film lamination to improve the texture of finished products. The gloss lamination makes the cover of a book as bright as a mirror. The choice of combination of the matte lamination and spot UV will get unexpected nice results.

Lamination and Varnishing



Varnishing is widely used in packaging boxes, paper boxes, sticker. Especially various kinds of boxes like food, medicine, cosmetics packaging and so on. Its glossiness is somewhere in between gloss lamination and matte lamination. With the characteristics of safety and reliability, varnishing gets more and more attention from food, medicine, tobacco carton packaging and printing enterprises.

Above are suggestions for lamination and varnishing. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. But there’s always one that is perfect for you.

By Linda, QINPrinting