What’s the difference between varnish and lamination?

A varnish is a coating applied in the last print station to protect the graphics previously printed. A varnish can also be applied to enhance imprinting on the label stock. Most varnishes used for print protection are UV cured and provide additional abrasion and chemical resistance. Laminations are clear films that are applied to the surface of the label. They are typically more durable and more scuff resistant than a varnish.