synthetic paper question

Discussion in 'Offset Papers & Stocks' started by dmmclean, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. dmmclean

    dmmclean New Member

    Sep 2016
    New York area, USA
    Hi there,
    I am a graphic designer and have created a medical educational poster. I am trying to figure out the best way to print it. Would be a run of a 1000 so it will be offset. Would really appreciate any advice on this. Here is what I have so far....

    The poster is full color 28" x 36", it's three figures standing with a white background, some text here and there. I want it to be durable, so I was thinking synthetic paper would be the way to go - Polyart or Yupo. Seems like these only come 25" wide, are there other solutions you can think of? That paper is really expensive too. We could shrink it down to 25" but don't want to. How durable is a poster printed on these synthetic papers?

    A printer I got a bid from mentioned that there is a Spot gloss UV they can add for a price. Anyone know what that is, does it exist? I know similar educational posters are laminated and I want to avoid doing that because it looks clunky, so looking to do this another way, hence the synthetic paper. But what about a thick natural paper with a spray coating? Any ideas? One press said I should try a UV printing press. What is the difference with a UV press, just different inks, more durable?

    Thank you!!
  2. Bill Borcicky

    Bill Borcicky Senior Member

    Jul 2012
    U.S. Amory, Ms.
    David, you have many things to think about here. Will the posters be exposed to outside light? if so, you need to think about fade resistant inks , to make it last longer over time. Yupo papers are tough papers but will last a long time. Personally I have not seen anyone go to that expense for a poster. Most posters are good for a year then a company tends to change them up a bit for the next print. I would recommend using a 80# or 100# gloss text weight and UV coat it. That will give you" shine" your looking for. The money you save on paper cost will allow you to UV coat the poster with a little more expense still within a good price range. If you are not sure of what you want , you can always ask for samples from different printers. You will be able to make your choice better if you see the quality first.