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Aqueous Coatings


Put your flood coat on, it’s raining aqueous. Coatings available in gloss, satin, dull or soft touch.

Aqueous pairs perfectly with an endless number of products, and designers everywhere love it for it’s ease of application and high quality finish. We consider it a must for items that people love to get their hands on – things like pocket folders, brochures, booklets, postcards…you get the gist.

Not sure what aqueous coating is the best fit for your design? Team Picasso is standing by to offer up their expert advice, and so is their Special Coatings Guide!

Aqueous Coatings FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions: Aqueous Coating FAQs
How do I know which aqueous coating will pair best with my design?

If your design is photography heavy, or utilizes rich, vibrant colors, then we recommend a gloss or satin aqueous. Dull and soft touch finishes pair beautifully with softer, cool palettes, as they tend to dull back colors. We’re always happy to review your design and offer our recommendations!

What stocks work best with aqueous coatings?

Anything coated works like a charm! Gloss and satin stocks allow for a beautiful, smooth finish. You can technically apply an aqueous coating to an uncoated stock, but you won’t see a visual change in the printed piece. Coating an uncoated stock may also leave it feeling a little tacky.

Will aqueous coatings turn yellow?

Nope! This is a big reason why aqueous coatings are preferred over varnishes.

Can you write on pieces that have an aqueous coating?

Sharpies are a dream on aqueous, but ballpoint and gel pens don’t play nice. If your piece will be heavily written on, we recommend sticking with an uncoated stock.

Can you apply a spot aqueous coating?

Aqueous coatings are applied as a flood coat. If you’re looking for a spot treatment, we recommend strikethrough, spot varnish or raised spot UV. Lucky for you, we can do them all.

Can I do an aqueous coating on a direct mail piece?

Absolutely! Addressing on top of aqueous coatings is a breeze. Bring it on!

Can aqueous coatings be paired with digital printing?

Aqueous coatings are only applied in-line with full color, offset printing. If your project is better suited for digital, we’re happy to recommend an alternative coating option for you.

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