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Paper Guide

Request our free sample kit to get a first hand impression of paper stock and coatings.

For weight and thickness, please refer to the table at the bottom of this page.

Coatings

Aqueous Coating

Aqueous Coating is a non-toxic, smooth waterbased coat that gives the paper a slight shine and makes colors more vivid. It also deters dirt and fingerprints. It is done in line flood coated on the press.

UV Coating

UV Coating is a high-gloss lamination that is applied to the printed sheet and dries instantly by exposure to ultraviolet light. It is applied as a separate finishing operation as a flood coating or (applied by screen printing) as a spot coating.

UV Coating improves durability (scuff and dirt resistance) and look (vibrant colors, sharper graphics) and makes for an all around sturdier product. UV Coating gives more protection and sheen than either varnish or Aqueous Coating. Keep in mind that this thick coating may crack when scored or folded. 

You cannot write or print on UV-coated surfaces. 
(See below: "Writing on Coated Surfaces".)

Since it is cured with light, not heat, solvents do not enter the atmosphere. However, it is more difficult to recycle than other coatings.

Spot UV Gloss Coating

Spot UV is a partial UV gloss coating which is applied to enhance special elements of your design, or can be used or achieve additional special effects. The printed item will have a matte finish and only the areas you assigned this UV coating to will appear glossy.

For this type of print enhancement, you need to submit a PDF file and prepare your print files accordingly to match the requirements for spot UV printing. Please see our instructions for file preparation with Spot UV for help.

Writing on Coated Surfaces 

To make sure your handwriting stays on coated surfaces you should use permanent markers or at least ballpoint pens. We recommend to write on coated prints with permanent markers like e.g. Sharpie's Fine Point or Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker. They come in various colors. A standard ballpoint pen like BIC's Cristal may also do a good job on dull covered stock, although it may dry a little bit slower depending on the ink. UV Coating is the hardest to write on.

If the ability to write on the print is important to your product, please order our free sample kit and try your favorite pens on the paper stocks yourself.


Text/Book Paper Stocks:

The following text stocks are sorted from heaviest to lightest; please see cover/card stocks further down if you need heavier paper stocks.

120 lb Gloss Book with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

120 lb Gloss Book is the heaviest of our medium weight paper stocks and can be easily rolled. It is coated on both sides with Aqueous Coating. We offer this paper stock for flyers and brochures.

120 lb Dull Book with Matte Finish

This is the matte equivalent to Gloss Book paper stock above. We offer this paper stock for flyers, brochures and posters. This paper stock is recommended if you print posters in large sizes (24x36" upwards) or art print posters and would like a heavier feel to them than our standard 90 lb book offers.

100 lb Gloss Book with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

100 lb Gloss Book is a medium weight paper that can be easily rolled, unlike the more rigid 100 lb Gloss Cover. It is coated on both sides with Aqueous Coating and is often used for Catalogs and Door Hangers.

90 lb Gloss Book with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

90 lb Gloss Book is a medium weight paper commonly used for brochures,  flyers and posters. It is coated on both sides with Aqueous Coating.

90 lb Dull Book with Matte Finish

This is the matte equivalent to 90 lb Gloss Book paper stock above. We offer this paper stock for flyers, brochures and posters.

80 lb Gloss Book with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

As Gloss Book cover stocks above, but thinner and lighter.

Recycled 80 lb Dull Text with Matte Finish

This stock is finely coated with a non-gloss finish. It provides an excellent opaque base for easy to read, crisp typography. Contains recovered fiber from pre- or post- consumer sources, or both.

80 lb Poster Paper Outdoor

Durable Outdoor Paper with blue backside to block out underlying content and reduce show-through from previous advertisements the poster is glued over. This paper is weather resistant and does not crinkle up when wet or when glue is applied. The surface has a subtle shine and is rougher to the touch than that of our standard poster paper stocks. 

70 lb Gloss Book with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

This paper stock is available for light weight posters as well as catalogs. It is coated on both sides with Aqueous Coating. This paper stock is a good choice for budget friendly short lived projects, such as indoor advertisement posters or mailings. Please be advised that in catalog print, it is best suited for light designs to counter see-through that will occur with very dark images and text. 

70 lb Dull Book with Matte Finish

This is the matte equivalent to 70 lb Gloss Book above. This light weight paper stock is available for flyers and brochures.

70 lb Offset Opaque Smooth White Paper

An uncoated, smooth and silky, yet strong and solid paper with excellent InkJet and Laser printability. Used for Letterhead and Notepads. Heavy ink (high color density) as well as brown/burgundy colors are not recommended. For best results use light colors.

60 lb Offset Opaque Smooth White Paper

As 70 lb Offset paper, but slightly thinner and lighter. Heavy ink (high color density) as well as brown/burgundy colors are not recommended. For best results use light colors. This paper stock is available for flyers and brochures.

60 lb Offset Neon Paper

This light weight florescent paper stock is available for posters printed 1/0 (black). We offer 4 florescent colors to chooose from: green, magenta, orange and yellow. 

50 lb Gloss Book with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

This very thin paper stock is available for light weight flyers and brochures. It is coated on both sides with Aqueous Coating. It is a most suitable for budget friendly, short lived projects. Please be advised that this paper stock is best used for 4/0 prints (blank back) or very light colored designs with low ink coverage due to the see-through of the thin paper. Too high ink coverage and large scale pictures will affect readability of the content negatively, and we do recommend a thicker paper stock in those cases.


Cover/Card Stocks:

The following card stocks are sorted from light to heavy.

100 lb Gloss Cover with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

Similar to the 100 lb Gloss Book, but thicker and heavier. It is coated on both sides with Aqueous Coating. Often used for durable, heavy Brochures, Catalog covers, Flyers, Door Hangers.

100 lb Dull Cover with Aqueous Coating (C2S)

 

The dull equivalent to above paper stock. We offer this paper stock for heavy Brochures and Flyers.

100 lb Gloss Cover with UV Coating

Gloss coated coverstock for durable Flyers. 

Recycled 100 lb Dull Cover with Matte Finish

This stock is finely coated with a non-gloss finish. It provides an excellent opaque base for easy to read, crisp typography. Contains recovered fiber from pre- or post- consumer sources, or both.

14 pt Gloss Coated Cover with UV Coating

Heavy weight gloss coated card stock with UV Coating for added protection. Often used for Business Cards, Postcards, Rack Cards, Presentation Folders, Greeting Cards. 

14 pt Gloss Coated Cover with Aqueous Coating

Heavy weight gloss card stock, coated on both sides with Aqueous Coating. This paper stock is available for Flyers.

14 pt Premium Uncoated/Offset Cover

High quality, heavy weight card stock with a high brightness factor. Uncoated paper has a more natural feel and a good surface for handwriting. Often used for Business Cards, Brochures, Flyers, and Postcards.

16 pt Dull Cover with Matte Finish

A little (about 15%) thicker and heavier than 14 pt. The matte finish still provides for sharpness and vividness, but without the shiny surface. Applying UV-coating, however, will make the product very glossy. Often used for Business Cards, Postcards, Rack Cards, Presentation Folders, Greeting Cards.

18 pt / 170 lb Dull Cover with Aqueous Coating

Thicker and heavier than all previous cover stocks. This thick card stock with aqueous coating is available for flyers.


Sticker Paper Stocks:

60 lb Crack and Peel Sticker Paper with UV Coating (C1S)

These labels are cut to size (not on a roll) and include a scored peel away backing and removable adhesive. The glossy finish promotes excellent detail to complement our high quality printing. Stickers are for indoor use only.


Paper Weight Equivalence

Paper Grams/Square Meter
50 lb Book/Text/Offset 75
60 lb Book/Text/Offset 90
70 lb Book/Text/Offset 105
80 lb Book/Text/Offset 115
90 lb Book/Text/Offset 135
100 lb Book/Text/Offset 150
120 lb Book/Text/Offset 177
100 lb Cover 271
14 pt 308.5
16 pt 350
22 pt / 170 lb Cover 450
   
9 mil Photobase 140 (est.)

Above measures should be used as general guideline only. Since paper is a natural product, it is affected by a few factors and minor deviation is possible and beyond our control. 

 All papers are available with our Online Printing Service.

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