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Tear a card into pieces - then visually restore it, right in front of your spectator's eyes.More Details

How is the finish applied to the cards? You are now viewing the How is the finish applied to the cards? thread.
  1. #1 May 31st, 2012

    Default How is the finish applied to the cards?

    Hey Everyone,
    I've been wondering about this for years. It might be a trade secret for uspcc but I just wanted an overall idea. How is the finish applied to the playing cards? Do you think they are sheet-fed and sprayed on or some kind of other method? This has nothing to do with making my patter better or anything like that. I just want to know because playing cards are a huge hobby of mine much like everyone here. I think it would be pretty interesting to know.

    Sean Whelan
    3D Artist

    Sean Whelan
    Graphic Designer/3D Modeler
  2. #2 May 31st, 2012


    It depends on the company. I believe most finishes are applied while still on the sheet but I can't say for sure. Most are spray coats but some, such as Fournier and Piatnik are "Varnishes."

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  3. #3 June 3rd, 2012
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    Technically speaking, the finish of a playing card has nothing to do with the chemical coatings applied to the paper. The finish is the embossing pattern that's pressed into the paper. The chemicals applied to the paper are proprietary, but are essentially printers varnishes that have existed for years.


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