Coating is a process by which paper or board is coated with an agent to improve brightness or printing properties. By applying PCC, china clay, pigment or adhesive, the coating fills the miniscule pits between the fibres in the base paper, giving it a smooth, flat surface which can improve the opacity, lustre and colour-absorption ability. Various blades, brushes and rollers are used in the coating process to ensure a uniform application of the coating is applied.

Different levels of coating are used according to the paper properties that are required. They are graded by the level of coating that is applied and are commonly refered to as Art papers.

Coated Papers are available in a Gloss, Matt, Silk or Cast Coated finish.