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Thank you for learning more about paper and printing with our #OKalphabetseries. We’ve visited paper and printing terms over the last 30 days and shared some of our 110 years of knowledge. Hope you had as much fun as we did.

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Welcome to our #OKalphabetseries where we visit paper and printing terms daily. Come back each day as we weave our way through the alphabet and share our 110 years of knowledge with you.

W is Wet Strength
Wet Strength is imparted into paper using synthetic resins during paper manufacturing. It allows paper to be exposed to extremes of moisture and water. Paper is classified with "wet strength" if its ratio of wet to dry strength is 15% or more. You may need a paper with wet strength in applications like a wine label or placemat. These durable sheets are a great solution for menus, instruction manuals, i.d. cards and wall charts.

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Welcome to our #OKalphabetseries where we visit paper and printing terms daily. Come back each day as we weave our way through the alphabet and share our 110 years of knowledge with you.

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V is Varnish
Varnish is available in gloss, satin and dull finishes. It is essentially ink without pigment. This allows it to utilize a regular ink unit on a press. Varnish can be run inline or drytrapped for a variety of effects at a relatively inexpensive cost. A gloss varnish will deepen colors on a printed piece, while satin and dull finishes will reduce contrast. Varnish can be used in spot areas or flooded over an entire sheet for protection. Not only can varnish protect, but it can add depth, dimension and beauty to a printed piece. Tinted varnishes are also an option and offer soft tonal, transparent color. Learn even more about varnishes and coatings in our mill partner Sappi's Standard 3: Varnishes and Coatings. Or visit Verso's Ed #4: Protective Covering. Another great resource on varnish techniques can be found in this incredible 1999 piece called Varnish Techniques on Strobe.

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