HAVE A PLAN BEFORE YOU PRINT YOUR MATERIALS TO BE LAMINATED
Whether you submit your printed sheets to us or have us print and laminate your advertising media, here are some helpful hints to ensure a successful laminating project:
* Use medium to heavy weight paper stocks. Text weight papers may warp and buckle under heat and pressure.
* Offset powder should be kept to a minimum as it may appear under the laminate (an aqueous coating to prevent offset is a better alternative).
* Use wax-free inks if possible.
* Color copies should be imaged onto a minimum of 7pt stock for best results.
* Press sheets should be shipped to us only when inks are completely dry.
* Do not use a fiberous paper stock when a flush cut is desired.
Since a well planned printing process leads to a successful lamination finish, we will advise you of the best way to approach your project to meet whatever budget or time frame you need to work within.
Suggestions for Successful Lamination
Inks: (Containing wax or silicone), UV Coatings, Toners, Fuser Oil, and Aqueous Coatings
can all interfere with the bonding properties between the plastic laminate and your document. These coatings prevent the film laminate from adhering properly to the base paper
Aqueous Coatings - Inform your aqueous provider of your intent to film laminate so that they can apply the proper primer to minimize bonding issues
Fuser Oil - (used in hi-speed digital color copiers - Canon, Docutech, and others) produce documents that must dry a minimum of 24 hours. This allows time for the fuser oil to evaporate. Documents with heavy coverage may require a longer drying time. Using Super Stick Film, and a sealed edge or a clean/white paper border will also improve the quality of the bonding.
Digital Prints - Use inks that are often heat sensitive, they could boil, and/or change color. It is highly recommended that cold or low melt laminating film be used for best results.
Offset Printing - Bonds well with all film types.
Small Flush Trimmed Items: (business cards, bookmarks, etc.) These should be run multiple up on a master sheet, this is the least expensive way. Cards requiring a sealed edge should be delivered cut to size.
Crop Marks: Are preferred to help minimize errors when cutting down from a larger sheet.
Thin Paper: Copies (20 to 60#) produced by high speed copiers can get wavy when laminated, this can be minimized by using heavier weight papers.
Laminating is an art not a science. Please include a reasonable number of extras to meet your count needs as some may not survive the trip!
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