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Uncoated Paper

Everything you need to know about uncoated paper to help you make the best choices for your print project


What Is Uncoated Paper?

Uncoated paper — also called “offset” paper or “wood-free” paper— is paper that has not been coated with any mineral clay or polymers to fill in the gaps between the fibres, so it has a slightly more natural, rougher quality to it than glossy or matte coated papers. Uncoated papers have higher absorbency than coated papers, both of ink and light. While they are excellent options for text printing, detailed and full-colour images printed on uncoated paper will look duller and less sharp. Uncoated paper is generally lighter in weight than coated paper and also less resistant to moisture.

Uncoated Paper Type: Thickness and Weight

As with all papers, we estimate the thickness of uncoated paper by reference to its weight. Lighter paper is often thinner, while heavier paper is usually thicker. With us, you can choose from a wide range of uncoated paperweights, including:

GSM LB (Cover paper) LB (Text paper) Thickness
0.095 mm
0.123 mm
0.14 mm
0.16 mm
0.17 mm
0.2 mm

The lighter offset papers — 70 gsm, 80 gsm, and 100 gsm — would be used, for example, to print student workbooks, colouring books, and the interior pages of some comics; whereas, 120 gsm offset paper would be a good option for printing envelopes, colouring book interior pages, or brochure covers.

As far as hardcover end sheets or catalogue covers go, 140 gsm, 160 gsm, or 180 gsm offset paper could be a perfect choice. Much depends on the book’s size. Larger books need heavier paper.

At QinPrinting, we also provide custom offset paper weight options for large quantity orders. Contact us now to get your free uncoated paper sample manual.

The Pros and Cons of Uncoated Paper

While uncoated paper could be the perfect option for your print project, you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons before you decide. To help you, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of uncoated paper.

The Advantages of Uncoated Paper

1.  Uncoated paper has a slightly rougher texture and is more absorbent, so it is better for any product that needs to be written on, such as a journal, calendar, or a colouring book, for example.

2.  Uncoated paper is more eco-friendly compared to coated paper. If you want to make your printing products look more natural, uncoated paper is a great choice.

3. At the same weight, coated paper is thicker than uncoated paper.

4. The post-printing resilience of the ink surface to scuffs and scratches is higher on uncoated paper.

5. Several uncoated papers have a softer, more natural look and are easier to read from without eye strain than ultra-white coated papers.

The Disadvantages of Uncoated Paper

1. It is not good for printing high quality photos.

2. The ink may “bleed” into the surrounding paper

3. Uncoated paper prices in a large range. From the lowest price to the highest price, it is a big gap.

Generally, we choose the uncoated paper is higher price than the coated paper. So, it is not economical to compare with coated paper.

What Is Uncoated Paper Usually Used for?

Uncoated paper is typically used for print projects in which the text is central and art or photographic reproduction is less important. So, for example, the interior pages of novels and other text-based books, leaflets and flyers, black-and-white comic interiors, disposable catalogues, certain brochures, will all work well with uncoated paper. And because of its absorbency and slightly rough surface, it’s ideal for any print project which needs to be written on such as workbooks, coloring books, and diaries or journals.

uncoated paper

We’re Here to Help!

If there’s anything else you’d like to know about paper choices for your print project, talk to us. We’re passionate about paper, and our experts in the printing department will be happy to help you. We want you to have a great experience working with us and — most importantly — to get the best possible results. At QinPrinting, we offer a free paper sample manual for our clients, which includes all the samples of currently available paper options in our stock. Contact us today to get your free paper manual. You’re welcome!

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