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Paper Types

When you order litho printing with Smith & Watts Print, we have many paper types to choose from. As you would expect from a company which prides itself on eco friendly products many of our papers are FSC and PEFC certified. Please read our guide to the different types and finishes of paper stock available.

Coated Paper

Paper (or board) coated on one or both sides with a mixture of china clay, latex and other loadings to fill up surface pits and improve the printing surface. There are a variety of coating methods, the most common on-machine coating method being roll coating. Off-machine processes include blade coating, air-knife coating, the traditional brush coating, or combinations of these types. A very high quality form of off-machine coating is cast coating.

Silk Finish (aka Satin)

A smooth, delicately embossed finished paper with sheen.

Matt Finish

A dull, clay-coated paper without gloss or luster.


A glossy coated finish, which allows ink to dry quickly.

Uncoated Paper (aka Offset)

Paper that has not had a final coating applied for smoothness. Uncoated paper is absorbent, hence the printed appearance is flatter than on coated stocks.

Recycled paper

There are different definitions of the term “recycled” within the industry, so it is important to check the fibre detail of a material. It is quite normal, for example, for a paper to be called ‘recycled’ when only a small percentage of the fibre is actually recycled.
• Post-consumer waste is when the product has reached the end consumer, and is then recycled.
• Pre-consumer waste (sometimes known as post-industrial waste) describes printers’ waste, such as off-cuts and unused copies which may have been over-ordered.

Recycled paper

Superficially, it’s quite straightforward: waste paper and board is collected, sorted and then sold for re-use. Next, the fibre is pulped, screened (to remove foreign particles, contaminants, and fibres not fit for re-use) and then de-inked. It may or may not then be re-bleached.
The extent to which each of these processes is undertaken depends on the quality of the final product. Fibre for reuse in higher quality materials is chosen accordingly: higher quality waste will be used in higher quality new materials; lower grade waste will go into newsprint or packaging. Around 70% of the original volume of recovered paper will be used in a new material.

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