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The Difference Between UV Coated, Matte Finish, and Uncoated Paper Stocks

Posted Wednesday, October24, 2018

Thinking of purchasing some print material and you are not quite sure which finish you should choose? Here is a look into the benefits of UV Coated, Matte Finish, and Uncoated Paper Stocks.


UV Coated Paper Stocks - If you like to use bright colors and photos in your print material, UV high gloss coating may preserve the standard of the prints over the years. The gloss coating provides thickness for the card stock and will have a longer lifetime. Also, they are more resistant to dust and moisture. 


Matte Finish Paper Stocks - The Matte finish paper stock possess a smooth, non glossy look and appears quite stylish. These cards are used with an aqueous layer after the end of printing procedure that makes your business cards softer with a matte (dull) finish when complete. Keep in mind that even the Matte Finish stock is often difficult to write on, preventing people from making notes on printed pieces.


Uncoated Paper Stocks   - These types of uncoated papers soak larger quantities of printer ink, based upon the porousness and the surface section of uncoated stock. Keep in mind that colors look significantly different on uncoated vs. coated paper. They may appear darker than on the coated stock, and images are not as sharp. A rule of thumb to remember is the thicker the paper, the more ink gets absorbed and the fuzzier images will appear. Uncoated stocks are usually simpler to write upon as the surface area allows the ink much more readily compared to a coated stock. Because ink doesn’t sit on top of the paper, an uncoated stock is ideal for letterhead, envelopes, printing forms and materials to write on.


If you have any questions or need advice on which paper stock would be best for your project, contact one of our customer service representatives by filling out the contact form or clicking on the chat box in the lower right-hand corner of the page. We’d be happy to talk to you about your needs and help you decide which stock is right for you.


If you’re still unsure which paper stock and finishes may be best for you, submit a samples request form and we’ll send free samples directly to you for free.