Lamination is a thin plastic film that is bonded to the surface of the label. It is readily available in Gloss and Silk, but you can have other options through custom estimates. Because it is an actual film applied to the label, it adds strength, thickness, and protection to the surface. UV coating (sometimes called Liquid Lamination) is an oil-based liquid that coats the entire surface of the sheet and is cured by UV lights. This coating is only available in Gloss and Matte and is slightly less expensive than Lamination. UV coating protects the surface from moisture, wear, and fading, but does not add the same structure as Lamination.