The application of plastic film lamination to display posters, signs and boards can be single sided or double sided , hot or cold. The successful application of laminating film has many variables and requires extensive experience.
Plastic film lamination protects originals, enhances graphics and signage with a wide range of surface finishes. It can also increase rigidity for handling and reduce UV fading for longer life of printed material and inkjet prints.
Special purpose white board polypropylene laminates can be applied to the surface of flip charts and organisational boards for writing on and wiping off with whiteboard markers.
Floor graphics and signs specially designed films to be scratch, wear and slip proof.
Hot or Cold Lamination?
Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages determined by the kind of picture and printing process to be protected or enhanced and based on findings and experience in practice. Neither can be guaranteed because of the high number of factors that can effect the final result. Heat can often effect the material being laminated.
We recommend the following:
Hot lamination for standard offset, electrostatic, laser printed or photocopied material.
Cold lamination process for all printed materials, especially for standard inkjet, wide format inkjet, thermal wax prints and photographs. Being single sided cold lamination can be applied to images mounted onto boards and thick substrates.
Hot Roll Lamination:
Often called encapsulation or heat sealing, applies heat activated film to both sides of the poster. Seals the poster and adds rigidity . Least expensive. Limited types of films available. The greater the thickness the more rigid the laminate.
Consists of a pressure sensitive film applied to the front of the print. Can also be applied to the back where encapsulation required. Gives superior clarity, is available in non reflective finishes. Is generally always used on the face of mounted prints.
Both hot and cold finished laminates can be supplied adhesive backed (“sticky backed”) ready for mounting.
NOTE: Our adhesives are PH neutral to avoid damage to prints over an extended period.
Prior to laminating, prints can be mounted to a wide range of backing material ranging from card, MDF board, foam board, core flute, acrylics and other sophisticated plastics.
We can advise the best option for your application and we have the latest technology to ensure blemish free results.
LAMINATION FILM TYPES AVAILABLE
Name of Film – Max. Width (mm) – Recommended Used
- Light Celloglaze (gloss or matt) – 1000mm – Low cost light protective cover to posters. Book covers. Fabricating fridge magnets. General purpose light laminate. Little UV protection.
- Standard Gloss – 1000mm – General purpose gloss laminate for poster prints and documents. Little UV protection.
- Heavy Gloss – 1000mm – Thicker and more rigid gloss finish to poster prints. Better for presentation. Good UV protection.
- Digi Gloss – 1000mm – If must use hot laminate, this is the best available gloss finish for inkjet prints. Not suitable for high ink areas
- Matt – 1000mm – Matt finish. Subdues the image, not recommended for photographs.
- Coloured Laminate A3 Produces a coloured border on the rear. (Black, red, blue, green, yellow). Good for presentations and display.
- Leathergrain A3 Excellent for leathergrain finish for use on place mats etc.
- Budget Gloss – 1300mm – General purpose gloss, little UV protection Good adhesion.
- Cold Satin – 1300mm – Excellent Satin/matt finish for display. Also good general purpose laminate.
- Filolux Sand – 1240mm – Non reflective sand textured matt finish. Excellent for exhibition use. Tough, scratch resistant.
- White Board Gloss – 800mm – Excellent for a whiteboard finsh for flip charts, planners, teaching aids. White board markers easily removeable.
- Photogloss – 1240mm – Very high gloss finish. Popular use with cibachromes.
- Tedlar – 1370mm – Outdoor gloss. UV protection. Anti-graffiti finish.
Mounting solutions to suit your budget and need:
- Foam board
- MDF (custom wood)
- Craft board
- Call us for expert advice on the best lamination and mounting solution.