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Overprint Varnishes

Add a high quality finishing touch to your printing project with a wide range of resins and emulsions for overprint varnish (OPV) applications. With our products you can formulate a clear or tinted varnish for a matt, satin or glossy finish.

Our products provide your OPV with properties like


  • excellent transfer and printability
  • good gloss and clarity
  • hold out
  • excellent resolubility
  • improved slip and rub resistance properties

A choice of systems

To meet the needs of different printing processes and ink systems, we offer numerous solutions for OPV

  • BASF water-based systems have styrene or acrylic binding systems, providing you with maximum formulation flexibility. Formulated into water-based OPVs, BASFs wax emulsions increase surface slip and rub resistance properties, without adversely affecting gloss.
  • BASF energy curable systems offer excellent gloss and scuff resistance. Energy-curable coatings are solvent-free and ideal for non-absorbing substrates.
  • For all above mentioned systems we offer a numerous additives to further improve the print quality.