TYPES OF PRINT
Skins® based products can be applied during printing with a flexographic printing press, gravure printing press or the finishing station of an offset press. Some can even be applied by screen printing.
The coatings can be applied as an all-over coat or in spots to highlight a specific area of a printed piece. They create a textured surface on the paper, plastic or carton which fills any voids or irregularities on the substrate.
Applying these effects in a printing process is just like using regular overprint varnishes. They display good transfer, good wetting and excellent printability. For flexography typically aniloxes of 100 lines per inch (lpi) and a cell-volume in the range of 11 to 18 cm3 are used for the Vel-Veeto, Rubbert and Silky Skins® effects.
Last but not least, many Skins® are water-based. Since they don’t emit VOCs during application, they present no health hazard to the printer operator.
AND UV PRINTING
All Skins® are available in water-based versions designed for waterborne printing equipment which is the mostly common application method for these systems around the world. Our partners can make use of appropriate cross-linkers to increase chemical or mechanical resistance of the Skins® based coatings.
Some Skins® are available in water-based-UV versions. In this case, physical drying is followed by a UV-curing process to enhance the resistance level of the layer.
Especially for solvent-based flexography and gravure presses, some of the Skins® based effects are available in a solvent-based (ethanol) version. These are for specific applications or where an enhanced drying speed is required.
To complete the portfolio - some Skins® effects are also available as 100% UV or energy-curable systems. These require screen printing to achieve the haptic effect.