Glossy colored paper: What is the Difference Between Matte and Glossy Paper?


What is the Difference Between Matte and Glossy Paper?

When you order printing, the difference between matte and glossy paper is “shininess” of the paper. This difference is most apparent when you flip the sheets of paper under the light.

This article looks into the differences between the two paper types to help you make your paper choices when printing. We’ll help you understand the physical differences (by explaining the manufacturing), and how to choose the best paper based on the files you have to print.

The differences in manufacturing matte and glossy paper

The two paper types look and feel different to the touch, but they’re actually manufactured in a very similar manner. Believe it or not, matte paper uses the same chemical coating as gloss paper.

Gloss paper has more coating applied than matte paper.  Matte paper has a semi-gloss finish, produces high quality prints, but lacks the vibrant effects of gloss paper. Matte paper produces no glare and is resistant to smudging and imprints left by fingerprints.

Fun fact: gloss paper is very slightly thinner than matte paper, even though they’re the same weight. For example: if you print booklets on matte and glossy paper, they’ll weigh the same amount on the scale. However, the glossy booklets are denser, and ever-so-slightly thinner.

Factors when choosing between matte and glossy paper for printing

The biggest factor when you choose between matte and glossy paper is the kinds of content that you’re printing. How many photographs, graphic designs/illustrations, and articles of text do you have in your prints?

Matte and gloss paper are coated sheets that appear smooth. Gloss (left) appears smoother and shinier than matte (right).

Glossy photo paper is shinier—this makes the color in your images “pop” on the sheet. The extra shine works well on print files with heavy color coverage, especially photographs and big graphics. This effect also makes the color on the photo prints look like they have higher contrast.

Matte paper has a more muted feel to it. This can be used to great effect in designs with a light or pastel color scheme, and in designs with a great deal of text on it. Because matte paper changes less under the light, they also have more of a “flat” feel than gloss sheets. If the final product is intended to be written on with a ballpoint pen, then matte is the recommended paper type.

Pro Tip: Spiral binding and wire o bound book printing are the ideal binding type if your booklet will be written in. The flexible binding will not break when your arm is resting on the book, which is possible with perfect bound book printing.

Final thoughts

Don’t stress! In the end, you can’t really choose the wrong paper for printing. You’re not going to end up in a situation where you regret the choice of the paper. Both paper types carry color very well, and it ends up coming down to subtle preference and nuance.

Call the customer service representatives at Printivity at 1-877-649-5463 and ask for a complimentary paper sample!

Inkjet Photo Printer Paper (Both Glossy and Matte)

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Choosing the Perfect Paper for Your Next Print Project

An important factor in printing is the types of print paper. We offer a variety of papers, some thick and others thin. Some glossy and some matte. How do you decide which paper to use? First, let’s get technical. There are some terms that will help you to understand the different paper options for online printing available.

Cover Paper vs. Text Paper

A cover weight paper is going to be thick, similar in feel to cardstock. Text weight papers are thinner, more similar to catalog and magazine paper. A paper for printing labeled “cover” is always going to be thicker than a “text” paper. For example, 100# Gloss Cover is going to be much thicker than 100# Gloss Text. You can also tell the difference in thickness by checking the “point” or “pt” thickness. For example, a 100# Gloss Cover is 9pt while a 100# Gloss Text is 5pt. If you had an instrument called a micrometer you could measure the paper thickness yourself.

You can use a cover weight or a text weight as the cover paper for your booklet project. You are not required to use a cover weight as the cover paper. For example, the 100# gloss text can be a nice cover option for projects like catalogs, programs and magazines.

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Gloss, Matte, Uncoated, & UV Coated Paper

Gloss vs. Matte
Gloss paper is shiny and is very popular for most print projects. Matte paper has a “flat” look to it. It doesn’t shine and reflect light the same way that gloss paper does.

UV Coating
UV is short for Ultra Violet coating. This is a shiny gloss coating applied over printed cover weight paper to make photos and colors pop to catch your customer’s attention and to protect against scratching and frequent handling. UV coating is recommended for extra protection on the cover of your project. UV coating is not recommended when you need to write on the coated area.

Uncoated Paper
This paper is similar to the paper you would put in a home printer because it is uncoated. It is easy to write on and would be used in a project such as a journal or coloring book. 

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Recommended Paper Types

Below I am going to recommend different papers for different types of projects. These are simply suggestions; your project may or may not fit into these recommendations. I would also highly recommend requesting a free sample packet from us. When you request a sample packet, we send you our Paper Sample Guide. It’s a small booklet that has an example of all of our different papers in it so you can see and feel the weights of each. 

Paper Recommendations by Product:

  • Brochures – 100# Gloss Text
  • Business Cards – 14pt Gloss Cover
  • Calendars – 80# Gloss Cover for the cover paper (with a UV high gloss cover finish for extra “Pop!”) and 100# Gloss Text for the inside pages
  • Door Hangers – 12pt Gloss Cover
  • EDDM – 100# Gloss Cover
  • Flyers – 100# Gloss Text
  • Greeting Cards – 12pt C1S (C1S means Coated One Side. The outside of the card is coated so that it has a nice finish but the inside is uncoated so that you can easily write in it)
  • Newsletters – 100# Gloss Text
  • Posters – 100# Gloss Text
  • Presentation Folders – 100# Gloss Cover with UV Coating added to it
  • Rack Cards – 14pt Gloss Cover

Of course, if you have any questions about the type of paper to use feel free to call us at  or request your free sample packet so you can see and feel these different papers.

Cover Paper Options

80# Gloss Cover Cardstock 
Coated gloss paper about twice as thick as 80# text giving it a more substantial and sturdy feel (thickness of a printed postcard or baseball card). It has a smooth gloss finish similar to that of a glossy photograph making photographs stand out and look rich and beautiful. This stiff, shiny and lustrous coated sheet is the preferred substrate for printed booklet covers. Special characteristics include dimensional stability, good folding qualities, and durability. Well-suited for scoring and die-cutting.

80# Matte Cover Cardstock (similar characteristics as 80# Gloss Cover)
Dull coated sheet that exhibits low gloss finish. Excellent for jobs that require high quality color reproduction with minimal paper gloss. Great when there is a lot of typed copy making it easier to read. It is superior to that of uncoated papers yet paper is glare free.

100# Gloss Text
Our most popular option and best value. It is about 25% more bulk being thicker and heavier with a sturdy and higher end feel than 80# text. This shiny and lustrous coated sheet is excellent for full color printing. Photographs stand out and look rich and beautiful.

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100# Matte Text (has the same characteristics as 100# gloss text)
Dull coated sheet that exhibits low gloss finish. Excellent for jobs that require high quality color reproduction with minimal paper gloss. Great when there is a lot of typed copy making it easier to read. It is superior to that of uncoated papers yet paper is glare free.

100# Gloss Cover Cardstock
It has the same characteristics and uses as 80# gloss cover but is about 25% more bulk being thicker and heavier, similar to a medium weight card stock.

100# Matte Cover Cardstock
It has the same characteristics and uses as 80# matte cover but is about 25% more bulk being thicker and heavier, similar to a medium weight card stock.

80# Opaque Cover
Also known as un-coated, this paper is commonly used anytime you are expecting to write in the piece itself.

Inside Paper

100# Gloss Text
Our most popular option and best value. It is about 25% more bulk being thicker and heavier with a sturdy and higher end feel than 80# text. This shiny and lustrous coated sheet is excellent for full color printing. Photographs stand out and look rich and beautiful.

100# Matte Text (has similar characteristics as 100# Gloss Text)
Dull coated sheet that exhibits low gloss finish. Excellent for jobs that require high quality color reproduction with minimal paper gloss. Great when there is a lot of typed copy making it easier to read. It is superior to that of uncoated papers yet paper is glare free.

70# Opaque Text
Also known as un-coated, this paper is commonly used anytime you are expecting to write in the piece itself. Match this up with an uncoated cover to give the entire project an un-coated look and feel.

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Best photo paper for inkjet printers in 2021

Looking for the best photo paper for your inkjet printer? This guide will help you pick the right one from the huge choice available, show you the options and help you find the best photo paper for you at the best price.

Whether you use a regular office multi-function printer or a dedicated photo printer like the Epson XP-970, you will get much better results from selecting the best photo paper.

Many photographers feel that a digital image doesn’t become a real photograph until it’s been printed onto paper, and who are we to disagree? There’s also a lot to be said for creating your own prints with a high-quality photo printer instead of uploading your digital images to a lab. For one thing, you maintain control over the whole process and, with a just little learning and maybe a bit of trial and error, you should be able to get fabulous results that are exactly as you want them. 

Professional photographers often feel that printing their own images enables them to show their photos in the way they want them to be seen, rather than being at the mercy of random and possibly badly adjusted monitor screens, tablets and even smartphones, owned by their clients.

Photo papers fall into two main categories. The first includes glossy, semi-gloss and lustre papers, which have a protective, shiny top layer. These are most ideal for use with photo printers like the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 and even general home printers, which use dye-based inks to generate photo output. The water-based ink is fully absorbed beneath the top layer, enabling excellent uniformity with an entirely smooth finish.

With matte photo papers, the ink is laid on the top-layer inkjet coating, rather than being absorbed beneath it. It’s more ideal for printers like the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 and Epson SureColor P700 and SureColor P900, which use pigment-based inks. Unlike dye-based inks, the pigments in these inks is suspended in the liquid rather than being dissolved. The larger molecules of the pigments are more robust and better suited to matte paper. They’re also suitable for printing on glossy, semi-gloss and lustre photo papers but less ideal than dye-based inks. That’s because the pigments generally won’t be fully absorbed beneath the outer layer, which can give rise to ‘bronzing’, where the print looks blank and lifeless when viewed from certain angles. Gloss differential can also be a problem, where areas of the print with a denser covering of ink look less glossy than areas with a relatively light covering.

Using own-brand inks and photo papers from the likes of Canon and Epson, you can be assured of photo prints that should last a lifetime without fading. The chemistry of the inks and papers are naturally formulated to work together. ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles ensure that the right mix of inks is used to maximize color fidelity for any given own-brand paper with a particular ink set. It’s an important issue because different papers have varying whiteness and react with ink in different ways. Indeed, ultra-white papers sometimes include optical brighteners, similar to those used in laundry detergents, which react with UV light to give a super-bright appearance. The downside is that stability is less good over time, so they’re typically not used in archival and ‘fine art’ media.

Because the results are pretty much guaranteed when using own-brand inks and papers, many photographers don’t venture any further. But that’s missing a trick. So-called ‘fine art’ media is available from printer manufacturers like Canon and Epson but also from specialist paper makers like Canson and Hahnemühle, who take papermaking to a more elevated level. Whereas standard photo papers tend to have a plasticky feel and can be somewhat lacking in character, fine art papers are often based on cotton ‘rag’ and other premium fibers, and are created to the highest standards with specialist manufacturing processes.

Some Canson and Hahnemühle’s fine art media is made on traditional mould paper machines, which are now very rare, in a process that goes back centuries and has been favored by the greatest painters down the ages. Fine art media is generally heavier than mass-produced photo paper and comes in a huge range of smooth or uniquely textured finishes that give them a much higher-quality look and feel. 

As with printer manufacturers’ own-brand papers, Canson and Hahnemühle offer ICC profiles for a huge range of inkjet printers, to ensure the utmost accuracy and fidelity. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best photo paper options available on the market today.

Best photo paper for inkjet printers

Canon photo papers

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Canon Photo Paper Pro Platinum PT-101

Canon’s range-topping glossy photo paper

Paper type: Glossy photo paper | Base material: Unspecified | Top layer coating: Resin | Metric/DIN sizes: 10x15cm, A4, A3, A3+, A2 | Imperial sizes: 4×6″, 8. 5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: No | Whiteness: 98% | Density: 300gsm | Thickness: 0.30mm/11.8mil

Immaculate ultra-glossy results

Excellent whiteness

No roll option available

Nearly twice the price of Canon’s other high-end option

For those printing with a typical 5-ink PIXMA multi-function document/photo printer, Canon’s Photo Paper Plus Glossy II PP-201 is the most sensible choice for performance and value for money. It’s a reasonably weighty 265gsm glossy photo paper with an attractive high-gloss finish. For the best results, however, especially if you’re using a more exotic printer, Pro Platinum is the better option. It’s a fair bit pricier but is superior in quality and weight, at 300gsm. As Canon’s range-topping glossy paper, it has excellent brightness, enables sumptuous color rendition and is very resistant to fading.

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Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster LU-101

Paper type: Luster photo paper | Base material: Unspecified | Top layer coating: Resin | Metric/DIN sizes: 10x15cm, A4, A3, A3+, A2 | Imperial sizes: 4×6″, 8×10″, 8. 5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: No | Whiteness: 92% | Density: 260gsm | Thickness: 0.26mm/10.2mil

Reduces glare

Resistant to fingerprints

Quite pricey

Less vibrant than fully gloss paper

The debate over whether glossy or lustre finish is best has been going on since the days when we used to have our rolls of 35mm film processed on the high street. Naturally, lustre isn’t as full-on shiny as glossy paper but it has advantages in reducing glare from strong light sources bouncing off the surface, and is preferable for handling if you’re passing prints around, as it’s more resistant to fingerprints. Canon’s Photo Paper Pro Luster is an up-market paper with an attractive look and feel, that delivers excellent results. Like other Canon ‘Pro’ papers, it’s priced accordingly and, if you’re happy to settle for a little less, check out Canon’s Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss SG-201, which has a pleasant satin finish.

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Canon Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte PM-101

A top-quality matte photo paper

Paper type: Matte photo paper | Base material: Unspecified | Top layer coating: None | Metric/DIN sizes: A4, A3, A3+, A2″ | Imperial sizes: 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: No | Whiteness: 92% | Density: 210gsm | Thickness: 0.31mm/12.2mil

Completely non-reflective surface

Rich color rendition

A fair bit pricier than Canon’s more standard MP-101 matte photo paper

No paper roll option

Available in a wide range of sizes up to A2/17×22-inch, this is Canon’s best matte photo paper. Unlike glossy, semi-gloss and lustre, there’s no reflection from the surface. Deep colors and rich blacks can look really dramatic. It works just fine with Canon’s dye-based printers up to and including the PIXMA PRO-200, and is even better with pigment-based printers like the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 and PRO-1000, which feature matte black inks. For use on more mainstream PIXMA multi-function document/photo printers, MP-101 Matte Photo Paper works well and is much cheaper to buy. It’s also lighter in weight, making it easier to use for creative projects and creating greetings cards. With this in mind, there’s also a double-sided MP-101D version.

Epson photo papers

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Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy

Let your images shine out

Paper type: Glossy photo paper | Base material: Alpha Cellulose | Top layer coating: Resin | Metric/DIN sizes: 10x15cm, A4, A3, A3+, A2″ | Imperial sizes: 4×6″, 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 92% | Density: 256gms | Thickness: 0.26mm/10.4mil

Great quality and good value

Excellent high-gloss finish

Less of a heavyweight than Epson’s range-topping glossy paper

Like Canon, Epson offers a wide range of glossy papers to suit different needs and budgets. Going up through the price range, there’s Epson Value Glossy, Epson Photo Paper Glossy, Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy and Epson Ultra Photo Paper Glossy. For performance and price, the Premium Glossy paper gives the best mix of standout performance with Epson’s 6-ink dye-based photo inkjet printers, without spending over the odds. color rendition is excellent and the high-gloss surface is superb. It’s only really worth trading up to the range-topping Ultra Glossy paper if you want the heavier 300gsm paper weight, compared with the Premium paper’s 265gsm. Another advantage of the Premium paper is that it’s available in a number of roll options, ideal for use with Epson’s larger-format printers that have built-in or optional roll feeders.

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Epson Premium Photo Paper Semi-Gloss

A smart compromise in finish

Paper type: Semi-gloss photo paper | Base material: Alpha Cellulose | Top layer coating: Resin | Metric/DIN sizes: 10x15cm, A4, A3, A3+, A2″ | Imperial sizes: 4×6″, 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 93% | Density: 251gsm | Thickness: 0.26mm/10.4mil

Excellent color saturation and deep blacks

Glare-resistant semi-gloss finish

Less heavyweight than some photo papers

Fully glossy paper can hang awkwardly on the wall, diminishing the image if strong light sources are bouncing back off its surface. Lustre papers are often preferred but not everyone likes a textured finish. This semi-gloss premium photo paper strikes a good balance with a glare-resistant but ‘cockle-free’ finish that makes it highly suitable for exhibition-grade printing. It enables excellent resolution for retention of ultra-fine detail, along with rich color saturation and deep blacks. The paper performs equally well with Epson’s dye-based printers and its more pro-grade pigment-based photo printers like the SureColor P700 and P900, although slight bronzing can be apparent with pigment inks. A variety of cut-sheet sizes is available, as well as various roll options.

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Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte

This quality matte paper is known as Archival Matte outside the US

Paper type: Matte photo paper | Base material: Alpha Cellulose | Top layer coating: None | Metric/DIN sizes: A4, A3, A3+ | Imperial sizes: 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: No | Whiteness: 104% | Density: 192gsm | Thickness: 0.26mm/10.3mil

Non-reflective matte finish

Excellent whiteness

No paper roll options

Limited size range in Europe

Epson makes two similar matte photo papers, sold as Archival Matte Paper in Europe and Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte in the USA. They both have an excellent matte finish that avoids distractions from bright lights bouncing off the surface of the paper. They have excellent whiteness and are great for printing both color and black & white photo prints, thanks to their impressive tonal range. One potential problem with the Archival Matte Paper is that it’s only available in a relatively limited range of sizes, and there’s no A2/17×22-inch option to suit printers like the SureColor P900.

Hahnemühle papers

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Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta

A gorgeous glossy cotton rag fine art media

Paper type: Glossy fine art | Base material: Cotton rag | Top layer coating: High gloss | Metric/DIN sizes: 10x15cm, A4, A3, A3+, A2, 21×59.4cm | Imperial sizes: 4×6″, 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 91% | Density: 315gsm | Thickness: 0.39mm/15.3mil

Traditional look and feel

Impeccable glossy finish

Typically expensive for a fine art paper

Hahnemühle has a history of top-quality papermaking that goes back to 1584, based at the same site in Germany throughout, to make use of its top-quality and entirely consistent natural water supply. Photo Rag Baryta is one of the company’s best-selling photo papers, from its Digital FineArt Glossy line-up. There’s a truly vast range of Hahnemühle FineArt media to choose from and the Glossy section itself is very extensive, including metallic, pearl and satin options. The Photo Rag Baryta is based purely on cotton fibres and has a lovely natural whiteness. The smooth, glossy inkjet coating enables very vibrant color rendition along with superb sharpness and really deep blacks, ideal for really punchy results.

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Hahnemühle German Etching

A beautifully crafted, naturally textured paper

Paper type: Matte fine art, textured | Base material: Alpha Cellulose | Top layer coating: None | Metric/DIN sizes: A4, A3, A3+, A2, 88.9×118.8cm | Imperial sizes: 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″, 24×36″, 35×46.75″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 92% | Density: 310gsm | Thickness: 0.5mm/19.6mil

Created in a traditional mould process

Premium weight with a beautiful texture

The richly textured finish is less than ideal for retaining fine detail in photographic images

Hahnemühle’s Digital FineArt media is split into various categories that include matte smooth, matte textured, glossy and canvas. German Etching is a great all-rounder from the matte textured range. It’s genuine mould-made paper, based on a traditional and now very rare process, giving it a lovely tactile feel, along with a unique surface texture with a felt structure that generates a truly three-dimensional effect for photo prints. Its 310gsm density also gives it a really substantial, top-quality look and feel. Vivid color and really deep blacks are assured by the premium matte inkjet coating.

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Hahnemühle Bamboo

A new photo paper made from sticks

Paper type: Matte fine art, smooth | Base material: Bamboo, Cotton | Top layer coating: None | Metric/DIN sizes: A4, A3, A3+, A2 | Imperial sizes: 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″, 35×46.75″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 83% | Density: 290gsm | Thickness: 0.5mm/19.6mil


Pleasant warm white finish

Typically expensive compared with regular photo papers

A new addition to Hahnemühle’s Digital FineArt collection is the ‘Natural Line’ of papers. The three options so far consist of Bamboo, Hemp and Agave. As such, each of these papers is created from plant-based cellulose, chosen for being rapid-growing, requiring relatively little water and no pesticides. The raw material therefore grows quickly and naturally, as well as being highly sustainable and very eco-friendly. The Bamboo paper is a prime example, being made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton. It has a pleasantly warm and natural white that works particularly well for printing images with warm hues, as well as for creating black & white prints. It’s a matte paper with a delightfully subtle, felt textured surface.

Canson papers

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Canson Infinity ARCHES 88

A fine art paper that’s steeped in tradition

Paper type: Matte fine art, smooth | Base material: Cotton rag | Top layer coating: None | Metric/DIN sizes: A4, A3, A3+, A2 | Imperial sizes: 5×7″, 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 96% | Density: 310gsm | Thickness: 0.45mm/17.7mil

Traditional mould-made paper

Ultra-smooth matte finish

As usual, pricier than a standard photo paper

Canson has long been renowned as a maker of top-quality fine art papers. More recently, it’s gained added prestige with the acquisition of ARCHES, a master papermaker since 1492 and the only paper mill in France using a traditional cylinder mould process for all of its papers. Current choices in the Canson Infinity ARCHES line-up include 88, BFK Rives Pure White, BFK Rives White and Aquarelle Rag. The 88 is made entirely from cotton fibres and has an ultra-smooth matte finish. As with all of the other fine art papers in our guide, it’s completely free of any optical brighteners and has excellent archival qualities. Photo print quality is similarly top-drawer, with natural whites, rich blacks and superb tonal range.

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Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm

Canson’s best-selling matte media

Paper type: Matte fine art | Base material: Cotton rag | Top layer coating: None | Metric/DIN sizes: A4, A3, A3+, A2 | Imperial sizes: 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 90% | Density: 310gsm | Thickness: 0.47mm/18.3mil

Available in 210gsm and 310gsm densities

Double-sided and roll options available

More expensive than basic photo papers

Many photographers favor matte paper for printing and Rag Photographique from the Canson Infinity line-up is one of the best. It’s available in two different densities, in both cut sheet and roll options, and there’s also a double-sided ‘Duo’ version. It’s created from cotton fibers but includes additional natural minerals to enable an exceptionally smooth white tone. It’s also particularly long-lasting, having been developed to satisfy museum requirements as well as catering to the digital fine art market in general. The paper is wonderfully smooth to the touch and delivers superb photo print quality with particularly deep blacks.

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Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm

Canson’s most popular ‘digital darkroom’ paper

Paper type: Luster fine art | Base material: Cotton rag | Top layer coating: Microporous platinum/platine | Metric/DIN sizes: A4, A3, A3+, A2 | Imperial sizes: 8.5×11″, 11×17″, 13×19″, 17×22″ | Paper roll options: Yes | Whiteness: 89% | Density: 310gsm | Thickness: 0.4mm/15.6mil

Great for both color and mono photo printing

Beautiful lustrous finish

No small sizes available

The base material for this lustre photo paper is made purely from cotton fibers, but it also has a microporous top layer coating to give it a lustre finish. As such, it’s based on a paper that was a favourite for many years in the original Platinum/Platine traditional photographic market for conventional darkroom printing. The ‘digital darkroom’ Platine Fibre Rag has the same look and feel as its conventional forebear, the F-Type Baryta Fibre paper. Excellent for both color and black & white photo printing, it has a superb tonal range from really deep blacks to bright whites.

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Guide to Photographic Photo Paper

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Photographic photo papers are designed to produce a high quality image in an effort to best reproduce the photographed object. How good or bad the paper is at meeting this objective will depend on the type of printer, type of ink and of course the subject of this guide; the type of photo paper. In this guide we will explain the various considerations to take into account when evaluating your options.

Inkjet Vs. Laser Photo Paper

The mostly widely adopted technology by the professional printing community is the Inkjet printer technology. Laser printing is able to outperforming Inkjet printing in terms of speed, but it lacks the accuracy that high quality photographs require. Laser uses melted powder-like substance in CMYK colours, while Inkjet uses the same colours though liquid ink form that are delivered to the paper by means of small jets (hence Ink-Jet). This method of printing can achieve 2880Dpi vs. 720Dpi commonly found in laser printers. Therefore from here on, the various parameters for choosing photo paper will refer to the Inkjet type.

Photo Paper Brands and Printer Profiles

Most printers will support universal compatibility. The fact that you own a major manufacturer’s brand of printer does not limit you to its range of printed media. For example, an HP printer will naturally support its range of papers as well as these papers produced by other manufacturers. The difference lies in the setting part of the printing process, in which you have to decide on paper size, quality, finish and other printing attributes. Choosing your own printer’s brand of paper will mean that settings are pre-configured, though do not let this put you off from considering other brands. Many manufacturers and particularly the professional niche players the likes of Ilford, Hahnemuehle, Innova, etc. are able to provide you with a colour profile file. This computerized file will adjust the printer settings for you. During your research, keep an open mind as to your options and consider photo paper from various brands as long as they meet your criteria.

Photo Paper Finish

The first aspect that consumers often evaluate is the photo paper finish. It is a translucent chemical coating that is designed to improve the appearance of the print which otherwise may appear dull. The problem lies in the inconsistent terminology that brands use to describe their finish and the headache of making sense of which is which. Common options include matt, glossy and satin, but when consumers come across terms such as semi-gloss, pearl, luster and other finishes, confusion is likely to occur. Here are the most common options you will come across.

  1. Glossy – The most widely used finish is the glossy finish which comes in degree of glossiness from normal to high glossy. The shine from the chemical coating helps distinguish the smallest details of the photograph, however the resulting glare makes viewing the print from certain angles challenging on occasion.
  2. Matt – Depending on the brand, you will come across this finish as Matt or Matte. It is situated on the other side of the scale with zero glossiness. The lack of expensive finish makes the photo paper slightly cheaper to produce and more affordable to buy which helps explain why it is commonly used in brochure and flyer printing. It is also commonly used when printing black and white photos, as glossy finish can diminish from the photo’s credibility.
  3. Satin – The satin finish is situated precisely in the middle, between the glossy and matt finish. It benefits from a level of glossiness, but nowhere near that of the actual glossy finish. Certain brands such as Epson call their range of satin finish “semi-gloss” so the best description will be a toned down glossy finish.
  4. Pearl and Luster – These are offered by the more professional manufactures and represent a type of satin finish with a textured feel. The normal satin or semi-gloss finish is flat, but these two include a delicate texture to make the print feel more special when held.

Photo Paper Quality

The quality of photo paper is measured in colour range, archival properties, instant dry-to-touch and other factors of quality. It is the ‘receiving layer’ that determines it. This chemical layer is designed to receive the huge amounts of ink laid by the printer during the printing process. Without one, the paper will soak from ink, the ink will penetrate to the other side and will fade in a matter of months. Basically, the result you get when printing a photograph on copy paper. There are two common type of receiving layer that cover most photo papers:

  1. Cast Coated Receiving Layer – The cast coated receiving layer is commonly found in the budget and “Every Day” range of the various manufacturers. It yields satisfactory results, but often may appear slightly duller than the Micro Porous alternative. Because there is no barrier coating on the paper, ink sinks deeper into the product and will fade quicker with time. Cast coated paper is instant dry, but if pigmented inks are used (especially black), may be susceptible to some smearing. Cast Coatings have limited archival properties.
  2. Micro and Nano Pores Receiving Layers – These two are the ones used in the professional and high-end range of the various manufacturers. In complete contrast to the previous type, the ink sits within nanoscopic pores in the chemical so it dries instantly and the archival potential is much improved. It is the receiving layer choice of most photographers.

Photo Paper Weight
The last consideration that consumers are faced with is the weight of the paper measured in GSM or, if you will, the weight of paper per one square meter of area. Contrary to what you might think, GSM does not equal quality of print but higher GSM leads to thicker photo paper which at times can be useful but, at other times, a waste of money. As a measure of paper density, higher GSM weight feels thicker when held hence you will often come across greeting card papers boasting GSM weight on the high end of the spectrum, while prints with low keepsake potential such as brochures that will likely be discarded quite quickly will feature more modest GSM weight.

We hope this has helped you in evaluating your photographic photo paper options.

This guest post was written by Joseph Eitan, the managing director of Photo Paper Direct. Joseph has over 25 years experience working in the paper and printing industry as the managing director of several companies.

90,000 Printing on glossy paper. Color printing on glossy in A4 format from RPK “City Typography”

To improve consumer qualities, cellulose paper is treated with a composition of chalk, binders and plasticizers. Glossy sheets are called sheets on which an additional coating layer is applied. They are whiter, mirror-smooth, dense (from 90 to 300 g / m 2 ). They have high water-repellent properties and durability, low dusting and staining.

Coated glossy paper absorbs only part of the ink with a low viscosity solvent. The film former and pigment are retained on the surface, resulting in a colorful, crisp image. Brightly illustrated advertising, informational, design and souvenir products are printed on glossy paper. For example, posters and posters, interior graphics, calendars, leaflets and booklets, diplomas, certificates. The material is not suitable for printing large volumes of text, as the reflective surface makes it difficult to read.

Features of choice

The material can be of different formats (A4, A3, etc.), density, with one- or two-sided coating. The choice depends on the purpose of printing:

  • for two-sided color printing, choose sheets with a density of at least 115 g / m 2 . They do not shine through, do not let paint through to the reverse side;
  • for one-sided printing (calendars, labels, etc.) it is economically expedient to use one-sided coated material;
  • sheets 300 g / m 2 are used for the production of business cards, postcards and invitations, diplomas and other printing, which should look presentable.

Printing on glossy coated paper can be subjected to various post-press processing. The most common operations: cut to size, fold and crease, foil stamping, etc.

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Textile printer at competitive prices – catalog

Textile printers

Textile printer refers to printing devices that apply high-format images to the finished textile image.Each print is created with viscous water-based paints that do not interfere with breathability. Such devices can be flatbed (designed to work with 1 product) and wide-format (have a wide printing area and demonstrate the ability to simultaneously apply drawings to several products).

Since the advent of textile printers, the creation of designs on fabrics has become a separate branch of small business. According to experts, with an intensive load, such a device pays off within a month after purchase.The first such devices appeared in the USA, in Europe and the CIS countries a little later – in the late 90s. In fact, they are all remakes of standard models that print on plain paper. Due to the fact that technologies are constantly being improved, the pattern applied to the fabric has increased resistance to damage and abrasion, withstands numerous washing and ironing. The prints do not damage the fabric, but they penetrate deep into the fibers.

These models of printers use a unique technology – through “punching”, which involves direct printing on fabric using special pigment inks (sublimation models use sublimation, thermal transfer and silk-screen printing).It is better to use high-quality natural textiles as a carrier, but other fabrics can also be used. The price for a textile printer will depend on its manufacturer, functionality and technical capabilities. Let’s take a closer look at the leading manufacturers of textile printing devices and their favorites.

Textile printers from the Epson company are presented in our store. When choosing such a device, the following factors should be taken into account:

  • print quality and speed;
  • ease of operation;
  • cost of consumables;
  • Connection of additional software.

Regardless of the brand, these printers need constant care (cleaning the print head, regular test prints), it is also worth taking care of an uninterrupted power supply to the electrical system, since many printers support an automatic self-cleaning function every few hours.

Epson is one hundred percent leader among the companies producing textile printers. His models are used for printing on T-shirts, T-shirts, caps, bags, napkins, towels and other products.They are able to create not only large volumes of products, but also unique products due to their ease of use. The only thing that darkens the impression of this device is its cost, but it fully pays off when fully loaded.

Print Industry Leader

Of the entire Epson line, the very first and most popular model is the SureColor SC-F2000. Its unique design allows printing on fabrics up to 0.25 cm thick. Its 5-color palette perfectly reproduces images on both light and dark fabrics.This and similar Epson models have an automatic NG cleaning system and automatic ink circulation, which minimizes the appearance of scrap and also saves the printer from frequent servicing. Thanks to the unique software Garment Creator, you can create any pattern for clothes, keeping the specified settings. This software also helps to carry out a nozzle test, exports files from external media, and edits images.

In our online store you can select and buy a textile printer at an affordable price to create or promote your own business.Here you can study reviews of other buyers, consult with sellers and place an order without leaving your home. We offer convenient payment options and prompt delivery throughout the country.

How to paint paintable wallpaper: tips and tricks

When completing repairs, where wallpaper for painting is correctly glued to a well-prepared surface, it is important to bring the walls and ceiling to perfection. The overall impression of the design of a residential or office space will depend on the correspondence of the variety of wallpaper to the type of paint and the method of its application.But it is important not only to know what paint the wallpaper is painted with, but also to complete this stage in compliance with all the intricacies of the technology.

Table of contents:

  1. How does a paint base differ from conventional roll materials?
  2. How to calculate the consumption of wallpaper paint?
  3. How to choose the right paint and prepare for painting?
  4. How to choose a roller and other tools for painting?
  5. Features of painting non-woven wallpaper
  6. Features of painting paper wallpaper
  7. Features of painting glass wallpaper
  8. Features of painting vinyl wallpaper
  9. Painting features
  10. Finishing coat
  11. Tips for the correct coloring of wallpaper
  12. Two sides of the coin
  13. Original Ideas for Coloring Wallpaper

How does a paint base differ from conventional roll materials?

The modern market offers a huge selection of finishing materials for exterior and interior decoration.The color and pattern of the rolls has not been decisive for a long time, since it can be varied by adding any pigment to the dye base. Paintable wallpaper is the easiest way to transform an interior, thanks to repeated repainting of the same surface.

Many people are interested in how many times to paint wallpaper for painting? It is difficult to give an answer without seeing the pasted surface. Glass fiber is the most durable – without losing texture, they can be repainted up to 20 times. This is especially true for large patterns and convex relief.Paper wallpapers for painting are not used for more than 4-5 colors, they are generally not intended for multiple color changes. But the main difference between paintable wallpaper is that it is specially designed for multiple surface painting.

Sometimes they try to paint thick vinyl wallpaper glued to the surface with the addition of PVA glue. However, this is a risky undertaking, even if it turns out well. Such experiments are possible only when it is urgent to paint over some defects or children’s drawings on the wallpaper.If it doesn’t work out well, you will have to remove the wallpaper and make a full repair. But there is no such risk if you immediately abandon ordinary wallpaper in favor of roll materials for painting. Although their cost is higher than that of ordinary paper wallpaper, during the next repair it is not necessary to change the base.

Paintable wallpaper has a more noble look, but given their durability, you should immediately decide for yourself which texture you like best:

  • smooth;
  • with small patterns;
  • with a large pattern;
  • with a striking structure.

Tip: If you don’t know which wallpaper to paint, how to glue and paint, you shouldn’t give it up. Paper rolls will soon lose their relevance, because they will be replaced by more practical ones – for repeated dyeing.

The base has different technical characteristics, it is classified depending on the base material and the volumetric surface for painting the walls:

  • fiberglass;
  • non-woven material;
  • vinyl;
  • thick impregnated paper;
  • linkrust (volumetric relief is applied with a special mixture based on wood flour, chalk and wax).

The roll base for painting will last at least 15 – 20 years, especially with careful maintenance. It is advisable to make the first tone as light as possible, since the wallpaper, even after applying the coloring composition, shines a little. The wallpaper itself is light – colorless, white or translucent, but there is a colored base. It is better to choose a shade of paint a shade darker than the base.

It is not recommended to wash ordinary wallpaper. If you are interested in whether it is possible to paint the wallpaper not for painting, then experts advise you to do it carefully, only rolls with a protective coating.The advantage of a base for painting is that it can be washed and repainted, which is especially important in a children’s room and on surfaces that are often dirty. Not any paint is suitable for this, but only a special base for painting wallpaper. Non-woven fabric should not be painted with heavy paint or based on aggressive solvents – it will ruin the volumetric pattern.

Attention: Wallpaper for painting can also be made multi-colored, for this, vinyl rolls are impregnated from the inside with one color, and after pasting the volumetric drawing is painted over with a sponge.But with this method it is better not to experiment on the walls without prior experience.

How to calculate the paint consumption for wallpaper?

In order to paint wallpaper without fear that the paint may not be enough, the correct consumption is important, which is calculated on the basis of:

  • total area of ​​the painted surface;
  • paint consumption per 1 sq. M .;
  • The ability of the substrate to absorb paint.

The area to be painted is the sum of all the perimeters of the walls plus the ceiling, if it is supposed to be painted as well.The perimeter is the length multiplied by the width, the resulting value is the area of ​​the painted surfaces. But from these indicators, the dimensions of window and door openings are subtracted, before painting the wallpaper for painting, they add a little margin for an unforeseen case – overspending, the paint is strongly absorbed, etc.

Paint consumption per 1 sq.m. specified in the manufacturer’s instructions or on the packaging. The same type of paint will differ from different manufacturers in consistency (density), respectively, it will be absorbed and consumed differently.Standard consumption does not exceed 180 g / m2 in 1 layer and up to 250 g / m2. in 2 layers. Moreover, each material absorbs paint in its own way – paper and non-woven fabric absorb it much more than fiberglass or vinyl.

Look at the units of measurement, as they indicate 1 kg / m2. and 1 ml / sq.m. The standard density of paint for wallpaper weighs about 1.5 kg, that is, one and a half glad heavier than 1 liter of water. If the wallpaper has already been pasted, but the paint has not yet been purchased, there is no need to rush with this – you can not paint the wallpaper for painting for a while, nothing will happen to them.But painting is also an additional protection of the surface from dirt.

How to choose the right paint and prepare for painting?

When choosing and buying paints for wallpaper, various factors are taken into account, including the base material and the functionality of the room.

Each type of base assumes its own type of paint:

  • for paper rolls – water-based;
  • for painting non-woven – water-dispersion;
  • for fiberglass – acrylic or latex;
  • linkrusta is a liquid oil, acrylic and wax paste.

Key recommendations:

1. For washable surfaces (bathroom and kitchen) acrylic and latex paints are preferable. They form a film, “breathe” worse, but are not afraid of the effects of steam and gentle cleaning.

2. In open spaces and in sunlight, use latex paints that do not fade in direct light.

3. Each paint has its own coefficient of light reflectance:

  • matte;
  • glossy;
  • satin;
  • semi-matt.

4. Medium gloss satin paint is an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms or bathrooms, and is the most durable.

5. Matt paint well hides defects in the ceiling and walls, copes well with excessive lighting.

6. Glossy paint shines and increases illumination in case of lack of it. Sometimes a sponge dipped in this paint is painted over the relief on a matte background – for a jacquard effect.

7. The easiest to apply paint – water-based paint, the most durable and versatile in use – acrylic.But you cannot use any type of paint on wet wallpaper, they must dry for 2-3 days.

8. Before painting the wallpaper for painting, it is worth trying the color intensity on a control sample, if the shade is too pale, add a pigment (color). The pigment concentration in each package must be the same, except for the special “gradient” coloration.

9. First of all, the ceiling is painted, then the open walls, then the secondary ones, behind the furniture.All pieces of furniture must be taken out, the floor must be covered with newspapers, and other open surfaces must be covered with foil and masking tape.

10. A can of paint dries quickly, so it is not recommended to open it to look in advance. Immediately before application, the packaging is opened, diluted, poured into a special cuvette and painted with a paint roller.

11. Water-based paint has a white color, but the pigment is of any shade, but in diluted form it looks lighter than after drying on the wall.

How to choose a roller and other paint tools?

A paint roller is the most convenient tool for painting, since even a beginner can dip into a ditch with ready paint and roll it over the surface of the walls. But there are different types of tools, for example:

  • with long pile;
  • velor roller;
  • short pile.
  • foam roller;
  • fur roller.

Each of them has its own effect when dyed.With a short-pile nozzle, it is easy to roll only a relief pattern, and a long one will deeply color the entire texture. The foam surface gives unpainted bubbles if you lightly touch the walls without relief. Replaceable nozzles on the roller are well rinsed and checked, and the pile, which may remain on the surface, does not climb.

Paint brushes are used in hard-to-reach places where it is impossible to obtain perfect staining with a roller – corners, crevices, gaps, places behind pipes and radiators.

Paint is poured into a special cuvette so that the roller is wetted evenly and without excess.But it is better to stir the paint in a separate container, such as a plastic bucket, and then add it to the cuvette. Be sure to observe the proportion in the ratio of water and dye, for example 10% by volume. The diluted paint is better absorbed by the roller and spreads more evenly.

Tip: If you have any difficulties in choosing a tool, you do not know which roller to paint the wallpaper for painting, check with a consultant in a building materials store.

Features of painting non-woven wallpaper

Rolled non-woven wallpaper (wallpaper) is an excellent base for painted ceilings and walls, therefore it does not cause difficulties with how to paint non-woven wallpaper for painting.The smooth bottom side is glued to the walls, and the top embossed is painted. This base mimics more expensive surfaces and looks great on the wall without staining.

If you intend to clean painted wallpaper, experts recommend using only paint with a latex-based protective composition. It is best to paint over the wallpaper in 2 layers with a roller with a fur attachment, and use a brush for difficult places. It is not recommended to roll a roller in one place for a long time and saturate the wallpaper to excess.

Features of painting paper wallpaper

Thick two-layer paper wallpaper with a special impregnation – the cheapest base for painting, looks good on the ceiling. Due to the fact that paper is afraid of water, the question arises – how to properly paint wallpaper for painting? Any specialized paint is suitable, but it is also not worth soaking to an excess – one uniform standing is quite enough.

The second coat is possible if the first one is applied with streaks or bald spots.It is highly undesirable to leave glue on paper wallpaper, which could appear between the seams of the panels – this reduces the quality of work.

Features of painting glass wallpapers

Glass fiber – the most durable layer for painting, because it consists of fiberglass based on quartz sand. Popular textures – “herringbone”, “path”, “cobweb”, etc. Suitable for repeated repainting, the most resistant base that hides all defects. The paint is not absorbed, but it sinks deeply between the fibers of the wallpaper.Glass fiber is the same glass wool, which is unpleasant for the skin, therefore it is imperative to work in protective clothing.

Fiberglass suggest a primer before painting, but be sure to read the instructions. Acrylic or latex paint is a great choice for this base. Usually applied in 2 layers, but the second is possible only after the first has dried.

Features of painting vinyl wallpaper

Vinyl wallpaper with paper or non-woven backing gives a rich multi-layered texture.The choice of paint is strictly in accordance with the instructions.

Before painting, a primer and acrylic paint for wallpaper is assumed, which is applied with a long-nap roller and a paint brush. After slight drying, a second layer is immediately applied, including a decorative one – for a relief surface. Use a minimum amount of paint.

See how to paint paintable wallpaper – video at the end of the article.

Most often when painting wallpaper, the following questions arise:

  • How to paint paintable wallpaper?

This factor depends on the type of wallpaper.So for paper wallpaper water-dispersion paint is suitable, for non-woven and vinyl – water emulsion, for glass wallpaper – acrylic paint and latex paint compositions.

  • How to paint wallpaper with water-based paint?

This is not an easy process. First, you should protect furniture and objects with a protective film to avoid contamination. In order not to damage the skin, you need to use gloves, glasses and closed clothing. Uneven walls need to be leveled with a primer or putty (in this case, the paint will need to be applied in three layers).Mix the paint carefully. It is necessary to start painting from the window, from the light source. It is easier to paint from the corners with a brush, then with a roller. Roller stripes should be vertical and brush stripes should overlap (apply vertically and horizontally). The solution is washed off the walls with clean water.

  • Can wallpaper be pasted on a painted wall?

When it comes to gluing wallpaper on a painted wall, then, first of all, you need to talk about the risk.The consequence can be peeling of wallpaper, the appearance of bubbles and irregularities. But you can try. For the best effect, it is recommended to prime the walls. Any wallpaper, except vinyl, can be glued to the painted surface. You can also try sanding the painted surface to make the wallpaper stick better.

  • Can the wallpaper be painted?

Vinyl and non-woven wallpaper can be painted. It is not advisable to paint paper wallpaper.

  • How to paint wallpaper on the ceiling?

If glass wallpaper is glued to the ceiling, then any paint will do, and for wallpaper on a non-woven base, only water dispersion paint is suitable.It is also not recommended to paint the ceiling of living quarters with oil paint. Before painting the ceiling, you must de-energize the electrical wiring to avoid short circuits and accidents. Ensure that there are no drafts, cover floors and protect furniture. You need to use protective goggles, a hat and work tools: a roller, brushes, a ladder, a paint tray. The corners are painted with a brush, and the rest of the surface with a roller.

  • How to paint a paintable wallpaper a second time?

Wallpaper can be repainted for painting more than 5 times (up to 15, depending on the manufacturer and type of wallpaper).You can repaint in any color, regardless of the previous one. When repainting a darker color into a light one, you must first paint it with pure white paint, and then apply the desired color.

Painting features

All types of paintable wallpaper require adherence to certain rules and knowledge of secrets for the best results. At the same time, the composition of the surface is first taken into account, since it is better to paint glass wallpaper with latex, and non-woven bases are better than water-based paint.You always need to make a test: first on a separate piece of canvas, then on the section of the canvas that will be covered with furniture.

It should be noted that the paint is diluted only to create the first primer layer (add 10% of the total volume of water). However, this is not done for fiberglass, since it is better to paint the fiberglass in two dense layers. At the same time, an interval of at least 12 hours is maintained. That is why the maximum number of layers can be applied to them compared to other materials.

In total, any type of paintable wallpaper withstands 5-10 new layers. Then they can start to lag behind the wall, and in order not to wait for this, they should be removed if the surface needs to be painted again. Then the wallpaper is purchased again and glued to the walls according to standard rules. They can be painted only after complete drying, which lasts about 12 hours.

Finishing coat

Once the basecoat has dried, it’s time for your creativity.Patterns or designs can be applied to walls and ceilings. In addition, the surface can be coated with a colorless varnish. This is especially true in the nursery and bathroom, as well as in the kitchen. This coating is less prone to contamination. Moreover, it can be washed with an ordinary damp sponge.

The algorithm of work is the same as when painting with paint. The choice between glossy and matte varnish depends only on personal preference. However, it is worth considering that even a matte varnish will add a slight sheen to the surface.

Tips for the correct coloring of wallpaper

  • Remove all oversized items from the room before starting work. Cover large furniture with plastic or old sheets.
  • The floor should also be covered with foil or newspapers.
  • Cover with masking tape the areas of the walls that do not need to be painted (skirting boards, sockets, switches).
  • Wet paint roller liberally and evenly. However, it should not drip.
  • The ideal color for paintable wallpaper is white or light shades.
  • Use a spray gun for absolutely even painting.
  • Non-woven wallpaper can be painted on both sides. At the same time, the use of a snow-white putty will emphasize the depth of color.
  • Matte paint will help to hide blemishes and traces of old wallpaper.
  • It is strictly forbidden to paint a surface that is not completely dry after wallpapering.
  • The use of a brush and a roller in work wears out the base, reducing the number of possible repaints up to 6-8 times.To achieve a 10-fold repainting without loss of quality, you need to use a spray gun.
  • Do not leave wallpaper uncoated. The paint provides them with resistance to damage and durability.

Two sides of the coin

Although this method of interior renovation has earned many compliments, there are two sides to any coin. Before making a decision, it is worth weighing the pros and cons.


  • Allow to embody any idea.If a suitable color is not available for sale, you can use the tinting service and create the desired one manually.
  • The painted surface can be easily cleaned from dirt using damp cleaning.
  • Appeared defects (spots, children’s drawings) can be easily removed with a brush. You don’t have to re-glue a piece of wallpaper, or even an entire wall.
  • Painting wallpaper is easier than re-gluing. Non-woven wallpaper can be repainted up to 10 times.
  • Easier to work with arches, corners and other non-standard shapes.


  • For a high-quality result, you need to prepare the walls.
  • The ideal effect can only be achieved with the right choice of paint and tools.
  • Most paints absorb dust.
  • Paints protect against minor mechanical damage. But a serious blow will do them visible damage.

Original Wallpaper Coloring Ideas

Paintable wallpaper gives you limitless room for experimentation.You can use one of the following techniques:

  • By applying horizontal or vertical stripes to the walls, you can visually adjust the parameters of the room. To do this, draw the stripes using a regular pencil and ruler, and then paste over them with masking tape. Don’t be afraid to step up to it in the process! The borders of the stripes will still be smooth if allowed to dry completely.
  • Before wallpapering, you can paint the very surface of the walls in a bright color.Then you get a noble muted matte shade.
  • Paint over the embossed wallpaper evenly, and then run it over the dry surface with a soft cloth.

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