Soft Touch Finish and Laminating

As a leading China packaging box supplier, China BBP Co., Ltd supplies the soft touch finish for its various custom paper boxes.

The soft touch finish is widely used for the high-end cosmetic paper boxes and rigid paper boxes. Also because of it great scuff-resistance property, it is widely used for the matte black or red boxes.

1. How to describe the soft touch?

It is not an easy thing to describe the fantastic feel of the soft touch finish. Just imagine how you are feeling when you are trying to touch the short-napped velvet, smooth suede, or soft chamois leather, then you will come to understand its great tactile property.

Three Soft Touch Solutions

There are usually 3 ways to add the soft touch finish to the printed packaging box. They are soft touch laminating, soft touch coating and soft touch paper. In China BBP Co., Ltd, we adopt the laminating method on the paper printed boxes, because it has the gorgeous soft touch effect while being cost effective.

2. What is soft touch laminating?

For the soft touch laminating, it combines the softness of a rose petal with the strength of the matte laminating. While the process is much the same as the ordinary glossy laminating and matte laminating. What makes it special is the film used — BOPP.

soft touch laminating finish for a custom paper box
The black printed paper box has the soft touch laminating and silver foil stamping.

BOPP refers to Bioriented Polypropylene film (BOPP), which is a soft touch textured film with unique tactile finish and an extra matte look. This is a 1.4 mil matte thermal laminating film. The matte side has an excellent velvet effect as well as a high dyne level to improve the printing quality. This is the first film with tactile properties in history and presents a pleasant and intense velvety effect very similar to the peach skin. It is an exceptional finish for paper printed boxes in search of a touch distinction. This film is printable, glue-able and stamp-able. It has been widely used in the custom luxury packaging boxes as well as for high-end book covers, packing prototypes, corporate brochures, product branding as well as a variety of other custom graphic solutions. Because the cost of the soft touch finish is very expensive, it is rarely used on the corrugated printed boxes and cartons.

3. Good points of the soft touch finish

The advantages of the soft touch laminating are listed as below:

  • Add a strong velvet effect and luxury feel to the cosmetic paper boxes and rigid paper boxes;
  • Add a nice and special matte effect;
  • Great anti-scuff, anti-scratch property to protect the matte black boxes. The soft touch laminating provides a very good solution to the scratch problem of the matte black paper boxes due to its great anti-scratch effect.