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FAQ

Q What are the benefits of laminating?
A Laminating is used to protect prints from spills, smudges, abrasion, weather conditions and other factors that might inflict damage. It also adds quality to the laminated item.

Q How does laminating work?

A The different laminators use different methods, but at the end the print is encapsulated with a protective film, which will increase its lifespan dramatically.

Q What are the different types of laminators?
A The laminators are divided into pouch and roll laminators; the pouch laminators use pre-cut pouches, while the roll laminators use film, which is placed on rollers. The roll laminators are further divided into heated and cold roll laminators.

Q What size prints can I laminate?

A Almost any print, no matter how small or big can be laminated. The smallest items like credit and ID cards can be laminated with personal use laminators, while the biggest items require industrial laminators.

Q What are the different laminating film finishes?
A The most common finishes are gloss, matte and satin. Satin and matte reduce glare, while the gloss finish is shiny.  Very hard, scratch-resistant finishes are also available.

Q What thickness laminating films are available?

A The films’ thickness is measured in mils (1/1000 of the inch) and the standard films are 3, 5, 7, and 10 mils thick. When used for pouches, this refers to the thickness of one side of the pouch.

Q What thickness film should I use?

A The thicker film make the finished items rigid, which is why they are perfect for ID and credit card laminating. For laminating charts, maps or any other items that are meant to be folded or rolled, the thinner films are more appropriate.

Q What does a ratio of the laminating film mean?

A The ratio refers to the ratio between the basic plastic thickness and the adhesive material thickness.

Q What is cold laminating?

A Cold laminators use films with one adhesive side and only pressure (and no heat) is used to encapsulate the prints.

Q What are the laminators’ temperature controls for?

A The temperature should be adjusted according to the thickness of the pouch. Thicker pouches require more heat.

Q What is the usual warranty for the laminators?

A Depending on the manufacturer and the type, the laminators usually carry one or two year warranty; high-end, industrial laminating machines can carry up to five years warranty.

Q Should I use a carrier with my laminator?

A Carriers are usually used with pouch laminators that have only one set of rolls.

Q How should the laminating roll film be stored?
A The laminating film should be kept in upright position and not exposed to heat, moist or direct sunlight.

Q Can laminating damage my print?
A  Laminating is safe for most items, but heat-sensitive prints or prints with heat-sensitive ink should only be cold-laminated.

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