Landor Colourshield Anti-microbial Coatings

4th December 2020 | Anti-microbial, digital varnish, Liquid Laminate, Liquid Lamination | Posted by Derric Landor | Comments Off on Landor Colourshield Anti-microbial Coatings

After many years work, analysis, testing and customer support we are pleased to offer to our inkjet customers our own anti microbial coating. this coating meets the criteria set by ISO 22196 for the conditions of protecting agains bacteria, which in this certification and test is using e-coli and MRSA. 

We can now offer in gloss, satin and matt, our high performance protective anti-microbial coatings, which can also guarantee bacteria free surfaces for the life of the print or surface coated with our colourshield Anti microbial coatings full protection. 

As well as by hand, or machine our coatings can also be hand applied, coated with spray equipment, and brush.  User friendly, environmentally friendly and safe to use by hand Retrospective coating is also possible. All you need is a clean, dry surface and assuming good non porous surface we can protect your surfaces. Also available as a protective additive, is using our self adhesive fabric, Landor Phototex which you can put anywhere without the risk of damaging the surface. Please call us for more information and samples.  

Since Covid19, amny companies and the public generally are much more concerned with their safety and good health. the long term effects of Covid19  will not be as longlasting as the risks and dangers associated with the effects of touch, and transmissal of bacterial, so it is even more important to consider public places, and how they need to protect its people. This can be staff in a building to passengers in a bus. We at Landor have been looking at this and providing this solution for many years for digial print. 

What makes our solution unique is that it is a coating and not a film or over laminate. so our solution also remains eco friendly, no plastic, and not changes to the surface. 

Coating is an efficient system available after printing to protect prints from damage from the elements. Now , not least of all, do we offer added protection against abrasion, chemical, water  and uv damage but now also anti microbial protection. 

If you have spaces that have heavy traffic, then talk to us. we will be happy to test and sample solutions for a safer environment, and a more ecological one. !

Compare Film Laminatio vs Liquid Lamination

20th May 2017 | digital varnish, Liquid Laminate, Liquid Lamination, Uncategorized | Posted by Derric Landor | Comments Off on Compare Film Laminatio vs Liquid Lamination


Film lamination is the application of a film substrate and adhesive (usually PV, Polypropylene, Cast, Polyester films) to a printed substrate. In this application today most film laminators are used with pressure sensitive rollers sometimes with a little heat to improve the activation of the adhesive at the point of pressure.  For this process to work you will usually need to have a good quality film laminator that will apply even and consistent pressure to the adhesive film to the substrate you are laminating. The benefits of lamination are the protection of the printed substrate against the possible premature degradation against the effects of abrasion, handling, rolling, installation and finally exposure to the environment where it is installed. Despite common belief that ink and media do not require protection, certainly in the long term, film and media will only last longer if protected with a laminate. It is often used to add rigidity to a print to ease handling, protection and installation. sometimes also to improve or enhance the printed image, its colour and its visual effect. The downfalls and pitfalls of film lamination is in the skill, and the pressure of the operator for the adhesive bond to sustain its quality for the life of the print. In some cases there are films that will add UV protection of the inks against premature fade, scratch resistance, water, chemical and extra exposure to handling, touch, and water/cleaning.  Over time, standard of protection can fail for a number of causes such as shrink or expansion of the substrate, causing either de-lamination or air pockets and bubbles where the adhesion of the film has not been as good or is not as good as expected.  

Liquid Lamination provides a different and in some areas advanced protection where film lamination simply will not work. However it cannot add features such as added rigidity but it does have added benefits. Its key added benefits are that you do not first and foremost need a professional laminator to apply a protective laminate, as you can easily coat liquid laminates using either a hand roller, brush, Paint pad, or spray equipment. You can also use liquid laminates and apply after you have installed the graphic usually in almost any flat, clean, dry environment.  As well as offering a very flexible, and adaptable protective coating to almost any substrate, including textured substrates (where film lamination will not be very effective and usually will fail), liquid laminates also bond naturally and permanently and it is rare to ever have a tested liquid laminate after lamination to ever de-laminate. The only pre requisite is that the liquid laminate has been tested for its initial adhesion and thereafter it will not fail. Because Liquid laminates are highly flexible they will adapt and shift with any change in stability of the substrate. Liquid laminates also protect against the effects of water, abrasion, UV light fade and will usually protect a graphic print twice as long as an unprotected graphic in the same environment.  Some common exclusives where liquid laminates will work, and film lamination will not work are for PVC banners and fabrics and textiles. 

   Landor Liquid Lamination Coater 1.6


In summary below you can see the value and benefits of using Liquid Laminates: 

  • Liquid Lamination offers in the main greater flexibility and protection to when coating flexible substrates ie: canvas, banner PVC
  • No other suitable form of protection is possible with PVC banner and yet maintains long terms stability of the bond and adhesion of graphics
  • Easy to apply generally, and without the need for capital equipment as it can be applied easily by Hand roller, brush, Pad or spray equipment
  • Liquid Lamination can be applied to substrates that have already been applied to a surface or is on a flat surface.
  • Once applied, tested and verified, liquid lamination will almost never delaminate
  • Liquid Laminates will not cause bubbles and will be dependable throughout and longer than the graphic print life.
  • Liquid Laminates (water based) will provide added protection for the inks and substrates against the effects of UV Light
  • Liquid Laminates are flexible and will adjust themselves to any lesser stable substrates
  • Liquid Lamination, being a water based, or UV curable product and chemistry is environmentally  friendly and usually is not flammable
  • Some PVC, PP laminates will not accept certain high temperatures whereas Liquid lamination will remain stable and conform with Hot and cold temperatures


Water Based Coating systems  


            3.3m Liquid Coater


For more information, advice or support for your protective graphic needs, extra longevity or testing and training needs for liquid or film lamination applications please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 1252 624411, email:, or visit our website  – Dont forget to contact us on Facebook

Some applications it is not recommended to use Liquid laminates

  • Liquid Lamination does not provide added rigidity to a printed substrate
  • Liquid Laminates easily attract dust during the Liquid Lamination Process
  • Liquid Lamination is a wet coating process thereby clean and ambient conditions are important
  • Liquid Lamination adhesion is a technical process that may not adhere adequately to some ink, Media substrates
  • Liquid Lamination, although Flexible, some applications demand extra or Ultra rigid strength & durability in handling or in heavy use areas
  • Liquid Lamination, does require certain limits in climate and humidity that may limit the quality of a smooth lamination on some substrates
  • Liquid Lamination (water based) is water resistant but invariably it is not water proof.


if we are now to review the negatives of Film Lamination, we hope this will help you better understand the main benefits and times when you will find better protection, longevity, and durability of your prints using Landor Liquid Laminates 

Applications where it is not recommended to use Film Laminates

  • Film Lamination will usually not fold or stretch, and will be damaged if creased – Liquid Lamination will not be affected by Creasing and folding, Stretching
  • Film Lamination will alter or fail the flexibility of flexible substrates such as fabrics, textiles, textured films. – and are liable to de-laminate
  • Film Lamination will potentially de-laminate especially at the edges when exposed to outdoor water, humidity, heat. Liquid Lamination will maintain its adhesive bond/protection
  • Film Lamination will not adjust itself to the printed substrate in variable hot, cold, humid environments, whereas Liquid Lamination will adjust to the surface it is adhered to
  • Film Lamination will not work with PVC banners whereas Liquid Lamination is commonly used for PVC banners as flex face signs, Truckside Curtains, Awnings etc 
  • Film Lamination must be applied using professional Film Laminators whereas Liquid Lamination can be used by hand with Hand rollers, spray, Foam Pads or brushes 


           Digital Wallpaper                         

        Vehicle Graphics Liquid Lamination                                    

      In Store Advertising Liquid Lamination 

Film Lamination  Thickness

Film lamination can be used as a very thin 25u – 100u or sometimes more as long as flexibility is not necessary (ie: on a flat wall) 

Liquid Lamination is generally applied with about 61-81u wet and when dry this finished coat is usually between 18 & 25u enabling the suface of textured substrates to still be felt. Overlamination with film laminates looses this characteristic except in some cases 25u or lower film thicknesses still enable some feel of texture. 

Some of the strongest applications for Liquid Lamination are digital wallpapers, wallcoverings, Car wraps, Truckside curtains, Vehicle graphics and Vehicle Livery, Awnings and Inflatable products such as bouncy castles. 

Film Lamination

Kala, One of the only few European manufacturers of Film laminators, has an excellent range of film laminators. What makes them stand out and why we stand behind them as one of the best european and best most reliable producers of film laminators is because they have thought very carefully in all their designs how to make the Lamination process not just easier, but also more productive and with the smallest footprint, lower running costs yet far better built than any other film laminators of its group available in europe. Making the workload, appreciation of the limited skill sometimes by default necessary they have made the film lamination process much easier and guides the lesser skilled operator to success more easily. 

Recently they added to their range their Applikator, the first space saving, compressor free, pressure accurate and consistent laminator of its kind. 

                         click Here to see Kala Applikator Video

Kala Applikator Flatbed film Laminator           



For more information, advice or support for your protective graphic needs, extra longevity or testing and training needs for liquid or film lamination applications please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 1252 624411, email:, or visit our website  – Dont forget to contact us on Facebook. 


As well as experts and  global supply and support of liquid lamination protective coatings, Landor UK have also developed and provide coatings systems for print protective coating applications. Our 17 years hands on testing, R&D, supply and support of liquid laminates has enabled us to develop working solutions for all aspects of coating, for the digital imaging market, but our knowledge and expertise enables us to consult, or develope individual applications to meet the increasing needs of our markets for efficient and high performance coating solutions 


UV Curable Coating system

          2m UV Coater  


Roll to Roll UV Coater


  24″ Digital Press UV Coater



For more information, advice or support for your protective graphic needs, extra longevity or testing and training needs for liquid or film lamination applications please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 1252 624411, email:, or visit our website  – Dont forget to contact us on Facebook

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All UK and european Distribution and support is managed by Landor UK Local distribution is managed through our appointed Distributors who Stock Our speciality Products. We are always available to you for all Technical, application advice and pre sales support. We want you to get the best out of our products so we encourage you do contact us. We will be happy to help with Liquid Laminates, Liquid Laminator, Clearjet Inkje sprays and accessories, and related products or if you feel we can bring you added value.

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