The fundamental reason why scratchcards are so fun is the element of buying a scratchcard and scratching off the grey stuff to reveal how rich you are.

Okay, so you’re not guaranteed to become rich every time you scratch a scratchcard, but was is guaranteed is the mess it creates.

In this article, we are going to answer the common question, what exactly is the grey stuff they put on the panels of scratchcards you buy in the shops?

The Material Used on Scratchcards

To answer this question, we are going to have to get a bit technical.

But bear with us.

Scratchcards are made of paper card. Upon the card, ink is printed which determines the design of the scratchcard and also the game – the winnings numbers, symbols or whatever.

The areas of the scratchcard which ‘hide’ the important information is then covered with a thin layer, which looks like a really thin plastic.

Upon the plastic is the final layer, the silver material that you scratch off.

The number of layers on a scratchcard – as well as the materials used – vary from application to application and who prints the scratchcards.

Generally speaking though, the silver material is a latex material.

It is designed to be opaque – not see through – and is generally non-toxic and safe to use. Especially important when it gets everywhere!