Hot and cold foiling
Shiny metallic surfaces are intriguing. A lustrous shine makes products even more striking and desirable. This attractive surface finish is usually achieved through hot or cold foiling. As well as the classic silver and gold tones, it is also possible to use coloured embossing foils.
In addition to hot foiling, PAGO also uses cold foiling. The principles are explained in more detail below, along with the advantages of each of the processes.
Hot foiling principle
Cold foiling principle
Using a heated motif forming die, the hot embossing foil is applied to the substrate in a continuous rolling motion under pressure. The hot embossing foil is then peeled off the web and hence only the embossing motif in foil form remains on the print substrate.
Using an embossing motif printing plate, an adhesive is pre-printed, which bonds with the subsequently applied cold foil and is cured using UV light. The cold foil is then peeled off the web hence only the embossing motif in foil form remains on the print substrate.
Advantages of hot foiling
Advantages of cold foiling
- full-surface or partial decoration
- numerous variants for each decoration task
- first and second surface decoration
- environment-friendly process because no wet varnishes are used
- cold embossing can be performed during a continuous printing process
- halftones and gradients can be printed
- significantly reduced embossing tool costs/cost-effective creation of numerous variants
- even temperature-sensitive materials can be decorated
Advantages of hot foiling Advantages of cold foilingThe range of properties of all foils is matched to the respective application areas with regard to separation, edge sharpness, surface embossing properties, adhesion, temperature resistance, abrasion and scratch resistance and physico-chemical stabilities.
Our application technicians would be happy to provide you with competent, fast and reliable advice in this field!