Coat on Canvas Prints
Lacquer a solvent-based protective coat that applied on personalized canvas prints after the print has applied. It protects the canvas material from discolored and helps in keeping the ink in its place.
Different Types of Lacquer Coats Used On Canvas
Contrary to popular opinion, there is no universal lacquer type which is used for all canvas prints. However, there some popular ones that used widely. Given below four types of lacquers that commonly used in canvas prints:
- Urushiol, which found in plants and animals, is an organic allergen. This is usually derived from the sap plant and is the most traditional form of lacquer that is still in use. It gives a durable look and quality to i canvas but can only used properly by professionals.
- The nitrocellulose lacquer gives a solvent-based finish and is popularly used for projects that have fast approaching deadlines as it can dry very quickly. This doesn’t require any professional experience to work with and handled by amateurs with some basic lacquering knowledge.
- The acrylic lacquer is a synthetic polymer which applied to the 8×10 canvas soon after the printing. One of its great qualities is that it doesn’t cause the ink to smudge even if applied on wet print. This too is a fast-drying formula is avoided by several printers as it may contain toxins.
- Lastly, due to the growing concern for the effects of human activity on the environment. Water-based lacquers have introduced in place of the above mentioned solvent-based lacquers. These safe for the environment and have been gaining wide popularity.
Benefits of Using Lacquer Coating
If you thinking of getting a canvas print without the protective lacquer coating, the reasons mentioned below might convince you otherwise:
- The coat of lacquer on canvas design prints protects it from the sun’s rays, specifically UV rays. UV rays harmful for printed materials as they can destroy the material of the canvas with prolonged exposure and also cause discoloring.
- Lacquer makes the canvas print somewhat waterproof. As canvas made up of cloth fibers it is not resistant to water damage. Lacquer helps canvas prints to resist damage caused by moisture to some extent. However, it still recommended that you do not place canvases in areas that have high humidity and place it in a location where there is negligible risk of water spills.
- As the lacquer provides protection and durability to the canvas, it is not necessary to place it in a bulky glass frame. This makes canvas prints very lightweight and you can place it anywhere as long as the space permits. The absence of a glass frame also makes it easily portable.
Without the right use of lacquer coating protecting canvas prints, the material. Runs the risk of getting scraped or the paint peeling off after few months of use. Lacquer makes sure that the 11×14 canvas protected for decades.