'Lacquers can add touch, odor, extra shine, dimension or protection to print designs' 

What is a lacquer?
The use of lacquer as a finishing technique on prints is becoming more and more popular. A lacquer can provides a significant added value, can let your packaging stands out on a shelf and can protection product packaging. Lacquers on print can give a design that distinctive effect. 

Advantages of lacquers

  • Can add texture and detailed elements to packaging design while leaving other areas are left untreated
  • Can be applied overall or locally (spot varnish) 
  • Can be used to let text and the logo on the page stand out
  • Can serve to add a bit of luxury to your project.

Application of lacquers

The finishing technique for lacquering can be applied overall or locally (spot varnish). The choice of lacquer type depends on what effect you want to achieve. Different finishes are possible; think of high-gloss lacquer, gloss lacquer, semi-matte lacquer, matte lacquer, velvet lacquer, varnish lacquer, glitter lacquer, two-tone lacquer, soft touch lacquer or swelling 3D lacquer or embossed lacquer.

Innovative lacquers
Vrijdag Premium Printing is constantly looking for special print effects. We continue to innovate by investigating experiments with new inks/lacquers and techniques. Are you looking for special and innovative print effects? Then Vrijdag Premium Printing is your partner!

Different types of lacquer finishes
There are many different typed of lacquer finishes. Kindly note: all lacquer print finishes can be combined with any desired print color.

  • High gloss lacquer / Gloss lacquer: A thin lacquer layer with a (high) glossy effect. The lacquer is smooth and has a reflective effect.
  • Semi-matt lacquer / Matt lacquer: A thin lacquer layer with a matt effect.
  • Velvet varnish: This lacquer is transparent, protects the print and feels velvety soft.
  • Dispersion lacquer: A thin overall lacquer layer with a matte finish, has a protective effect.
  • Glitter lacquer: Lacquer with very fine glitter. The glitter effect looks a bit like that of printing technieque bronze, but has less depth and authenticity.
  • Two-tone lacquer: This special lacquer has a different color depending on the light angle.
  • Soft touch lacquer: This lacquer feels soft and has a rubbery undertone.
  • Spot UV lacquer: Also called spot lacquer. With spot UV you can highlight a specific part of your design with a lacquer layer.
  • Scented lacquer: Also called "Scratch 'n Sniff". In this post-processing, an odorant is added and when one rubs or scratches, the odor is released.
  • Swelling 3D lacquer: Finishing with relief lacquer creates a 3D effect. It not only makes your product visibly more beautiful, but also gives a tangible experience of the surface structure. It is therefore possible to feel a logo or accentuated element yourself.
  • Gravel lacquer: Gravel lacquer and sandpaper lacquer is also referred to as gravel ink. This lacquer is characterized by a rough feeling sandy relief with a lightly abrasive property. This allows you to give an extra dimension to print that must really be tangible. The use of gravel lacquer can ensure that, for example, stone walls or clay tennis courts are experienced as reality.

 Are you interested to use lacquer in your design? Tell us about your wishes, there is more possible than you think.

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Need advice about lacquers?

Do you have questions about lacquers? Seeking expert printing advise for new or existing packaging? Do you have questions about the special printing effects and how this can serve you? Feel free to get in touch.

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