Edge Painting

Edge Painting

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If you're in the market for high-quality print products, you've likely heard about edge painting. It's not merely an aesthetic add-on; it's a technique that demands precision and expertise.

What Exactly is Edge Painting?

Forget what the term implies. We're not using traditional paint here. Edge painting is the process of applying specially mixed Pantone spot colors to the edges of paper products. This elevates the product's appearance, adding a finishing touch that is as subtle as it is impactful.

The Intricacies of the Process

Let's get one thing straight: it's not as simple as slapping some color on the edges. The stacks of prints are meticulously squeezed in a vice to ensure uniform application. A foam brush is then used for precision painting.

On occasion, spray paint is employed, but that's a last resort due to environmental concerns. A pro tip: we advise using Pantone spot colors to ensure the most vibrant and accurate hues.

Benefits of Edge Painting

  • Visual Appeal: A pop of color catches the eye.
  • Professionalism: It adds a refined quality.
  • Versatility: Colors can be matched or contrasted with the primary design.

Limitations You Should Know

Edge painting doesn't play well with thin or poor-quality paper. Also, if you're dealing with dark-colored papers, consider edge foil stamping. Standard offset lithographic inks are translucent and won't stand out against a dark background.

When to Use Edge Foil Stamping

If your paper stock is a deep shade like navy blue or black, edge foil stamping is your go-to option. It adds a metallic shine that stands out, providing the contrast you need.

Other Techniques and How They Blend with Edge Painting

Why stop at edge painting? At Mint Letterpress, we offer a range of techniques that can be combined with edge painting for a multi-dimensional effect. These include:

  • Embossing
  • Debossing
  • Foil Stamping
  • Die Cutting
  • Edge Foiling
  • Spot UV
  • Thermography

Turnaround Time

Quality takes time. Our custom projects with edge painting typically have a 3-week turnaround. However, we do offer standardized products that are available in 2-3 days.

Conclusion and Call to Action

You've been briefed on the ins and outs of edge painting. Now it's time to take action. All our products are available with edge painting. Browse your options here.

Austin Terrill

Austin Terrill: Texas born, Berlin-based creative and print designer. Founder of Mint Letterpress and the Peppermint Brands family of companies. Former touring musician on the Van's Warped Tour. Passionate about music, photography, arts, and synthesizers. Family man with wife, two kids, and Havapoo, Paule.