Finish - What does finish mean?
The surface properties of a paper or film as determined by its appearance and texture; in particular, the level of gloss and smoothness of a surface. The appearance of a surface can range from a high gloss to a dull matt depending on how efficiently the surface reflects light; a gloss finish has a bright and shiny appearance because it reflects light in a more concentrated pattern, while a matt finish has a dull and non-shiny appearance because it diffuses (scatters) light.
The gloss of a surface can be controlled by adding additives (such as "flatting" agents) to the material during manufacturing, converting the web in a particular way (such as calendaring), or by adding a coating to the surface of a material. The smoothness of a surface can also be altered by converting the web in a particular way or by adding a coating. The finish of a surface can influence its absorbency, ink receptivity, and printability, which are all important factors in the production of label products.Go Back to Glossary