Coating finishes are applied after the ink. Coatings are used to enhance the appearance of graphics. They also protect the printed surface from scratching, marring, fingerprints and dirt by increasing rub and scuff resistance.
Coating finishes improve durability of the printed pieces during shipment through to the end use of items such as postcards, brochures, catalog covers, flyers, and product labels. Coating finishes can also be used to enhance economy-grade paper by improving gloss and providing a smoother touch.