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Lamination Tips

Single Sided Lamination: Requires a minimum 1/2 inch guide and gripper margins on all sides

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.

Cornering: Highly recommended when using 10 mil film, the corners are sharp and may cause injury.

Scoring: Works well on 1.7, 3, and 5 mil films. Scoring is not available on 10 mil film.

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.

For the best lamination and quickest results please provide us with a contact person, phone number and extension, and a sample that includes production method (e.g. copier, offset, digital, etc.), finish size, trim instructions, scoring positions, corner radius, drill hole size, eyelet location, guide and gripper edges and any other special instructions.

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.

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