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Varnish/Laminating Adhesive Solutions

Apollo Colours produces a wide range of varnishes (laminating adhesives) and primers. All being long established market leaders for plastic card manufacturers worldwide. 

When deciding what product to use we are always very happy to advise and recommend the appropriate product from our vast range of varnishes/adhesives.

S2871 Laminating Varnish:

S2871 Laminating Varnish has been specifically designed for the lamination of PVC cards. It dries extremely fast to a fine matt finish. Whilst normally printed directly on top of any dry offset litho or screen ink before lamination. If preferred, S2871 Laminating Varnish can be applied by roller coating. S2871 Laminating Varnish also functions as a Primer coat on many types of PVC where its matt finish gives a superior surface for offset litho inks to print onto and therefore improving the adhesion of the offset litho to the PVC and/or ink. S2871 Laminating Varnish has also been successfully been used for laminating PETG and can also be used as a Press Polishing Varnish over offset litho printed PVC.

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

S1942 Laminating Varnish:

S1942 Laminating Varnish is designed  to improve the adhesion of offset litho inks to PVC overlay materials for the production  of credit cards. The laminating varnish dries to a semi gloss finish, it is suitable for use over conventional or UV drying litho inks. The normal method of use is to print directly onto the dry litho ink, before lamination. S1942 can be screen printed or roller coated. 

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

S9258 Highbond Laminating Varnish:

Our S9258 Highbond Laminating Varnish/Adhesive has been developed for the lamination of PVC/Polyester combination cards. Combinations of most types of PVC and Polyester can be laminated using this varnish. Many Polyester films are precoated so pretesting is essential, before production. S9258 has increased adhesion to litho inks, so is ideal when encountering the more difficult substrates such as Polyester and PETG. This product can be used as an adhesive and primer. 

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

S4684 Water Based Laminating Varnish:

S4684 Water Base Laminating Varnish is designed to be used with Apollo offset inks, for PVC lamination. This Varnish can be screen printed or roller coated. Although designed to be used with Apollo offset inks S4684 may also be used with other litho inks, especially UV drying offset inks, where its laminating qualities give very good results.  

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

S32380 Water Based Laminating Varnish:

S32380 Water Base Laminating Varnish can be used as primer and adhesive is designed to be used with Apollo offset inks, for PVC lamination. Although designed to be used with Apollo offset inks S32380 may also be used with other litho inks, especially UV drying offset inks, where its laminating qualities give very good results. We also  provide a roller coating version known as S32424.

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

S33871 Water Based Laminating Varnish:

S33871 Water Base Laminating Varnish can be used as primer and adhesive is designed to be used with Apollo offset inks, for PVC lamination. Although designed to be used with Apollo offset inks S33871 may also be used with other litho inks, especially UV drying offset inks, where its laminating qualities give very good results. This product has been formulated as a water based alternative to S2871. 

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

S4767 Press Polishing Varnish:

S4767 Press Polishing Varnish has been developed to overcome the problems of press polished litho printed sheets sticking together when stacked after removal from the laminator. S4767 can be screen printed or roller coated. It is applied directly on top of the dry litho ink, after drying the sheets may be press polished

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

S7176 Anti-Static Press Polishing Varnish:

This product has been developed to overcome the problems of press polished sheets retaining high levels of static electricity after removal from the laminator. High static electricity levels can cause problems with CHIP CARDS. It is considered that interference to the chip can be caused by static. S7176 Press Polishing Varnish can remove all unwanted static. S7176 can be screen printed or roller coated. It is applied directly on top of the dry ink for press polishing, or onto the overlay for before lamination. The varnish must be on the outside face of the overlay for the varnish to be effective. When dry, the sheets are press polished.

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

Laminating Mixing Varnishes:

These varnishes are used for in-house mixing: 

1. S6910 is a clear mixing screen printing varnish. This is used to mix both Visa and Mastercard background golds. S6910 is the equivalent to 'Bronze Vehicle' mentioned in the Visa specification. To obtain the correct shade the visa pearl power (Lustepak) should be mixed to the formula given by Visa, with the correct amount of S6910. It is recommended that mechanical mixing should be used to ensure the best results. 

2. S9173 is the equivalent to 'mixing clear' mentioned in the Visa specification. To obtain the correct shade the Visa pearl powder (Lustepak) should be mixed to the formula given by Visa, with the correct amount of S9173. It is recommended that mechanical mixing should be used to ensure the best results. S9173 should be used for PEARLS which are used to overprint offset litho inks.

3. S10840 mixing varnish is a fast dry version of S6910.

4. S2785 similar to S6910 but does not have the excellent pigment wetting properties of S6910. S2785 is more suited to mixing with Apollo metallic pastes. It is important that the minimum of pearl powder or silver paste be used, large percentages give low bond strengths. 

5. S17153 Highbond mixing varnish is available where maximum bond strengths are required when using pearl pigments. 

THESE VARNISHES ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR MIXING WITH BRONZE (GOLD) POWDERS.

Please contact london@apollocolours.co.uk for data sheets or for more information.

 In addition to the products listed above, a wide range of bespoke products are available upon request.