Textured varnish

also textured paint, textured lacquer, foam paint

Lacquer structure is one of the UV varnish, which form a specific structure when hardening. The partially or completely coating layer is increased both visible and palpable. The hammer effect paint can, for example, the surface look like after a blow with the hammer.

Technical background

Structure the individual effects are produced by the use of different particles, which are admixed with the varnish. In the standard range finer and coarser mixes are offered. But it is also possible to use entirely different particles, and thus to produce the effect of sand paper. The texture paints are among the transparent paints. They can be colored with pigments. For the paint job, the screen printing process is used.


With textured paint very different effects can be achieved. You can take the appropriate template can be for example the haptic illusion of the surface of a wooden bench or arising from textile materials. The individual particles cause a dull appearance. They absorb light and make the underlying colors look dull. Due to the anti-slip effect of the paint he applies for flooring adhesives or as an anti-slip layer under the mousepad.

Application possibilities

As a substrate, one can use coated and uncoated papers. The paint acts on each surface differently. Other materials are printable. A two-sided printing is possible, but should be tested beforehand.


The textured finish helps to strongly and thus requires a higher surface density of the printed material so that the overlying arc not take the structure of the previous sheet in the stack. You may get to the non-coated areas to scratches. In the further processing should be taken to ensure that the structures are not in contact points of tools. Consequently, also should not be printed bled off, otherwise the paint can flake off during trimming. Sharp edges and fine lines can be displayed only with difficulty.


The costs for this process are located in the lower price sector and depending on amount of paint and the subject.

Sources and additional literature

[1] Beckmann, Till; Morlok, Franziska: Extra: Enzyklopädie der experimentellen Druckveredelung; Birkhäuser Verlag, 2009

[2] Hille, Frauke Helene: Veredlungsmöglichkeiten und Spezialeffekte für Bücher und Broschuren; Diplomarbeit, Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (FH), Fachbereich Medien, Studiengang Verlagsherstellung, 2008

[3] Murvai, Geza; Ober, Juliane: Inline-Veredelung im Bogen- und Endlosdruck. Bundesverband Druck und Medien, 2007

[4] Webseite Achilles

[5] Printperfection