Can I use both techniques?
Matte & Soft Touch laminates with spot UV look great together, they can
be used in patterns to create an effect or to highlight different printed items
and highlight them.
Which should I go for, UV varnishing or laminating?
Laminating seems to be the preferred method form most of our customers, it
avoids little specs of dust spoiling the surface sheen on large areas of UV
varnish. But using Spot UV (using it on just some areas) achieves a nice
contrast between any matt finish and the spot UV which feels and looks great.
If you are interested in these finishes in order to protect your print then
laminating is the best. We even have scuff resistant laminate.
Can I laminate or varnish on top of other finishes?
Both need a good surface to key to and both work better on smooth coated
papers. Spot UV keys well to a matt laminate and is our preferred method to
gain maximum contrast between the two.
How long does it take to laminate or UV
This really depends on the coverage of the ink, we need the ink to be dried
completely before applying a laminate and thick areas of ink require longer to
dry. The laminate also needs time for the adhesive to cool and set. So ideally
we need around 24hrs extra to laminate a job. We're often able to speed this up
if the ink coverage is not so great.