Guide to Proper Laminating Practices

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There are several laminating practices but choosing the correct one depends on the scope of the project that you are undertaking. So what one would work the best for you? Let’s take a look at the various kinds and how to use them!

Method #1: Pouch Laminator

Pouch laminators make a great addition to any office, home or school. They are ideal for laminating small to medium size documents.

  1. Select a laminator that is suitable for your task at hand
    • Pouch laminators typically range from 9” to 13”
    • Recommend buying a laminator that accepts larger pouches so you can laminate ID size documents up to letter or legal sized documents
  2. Choose a large surface area to place laminator
    • Make sure there is space for the document to enter and exit the laminator
  3. Turn on the device
    • If it is a hot laminator it typically takes a minute to warm up
    • The indicator will light up when ready
  4. Place your document in the pouch
    • Center the document in the pouch
  5. Align the document & feed it through the laminator  
    • Make sure the document is aligned with the machine to make sure it does not jam or melt
    • Insert the sealed end until it grabs hold of it and manually feeds it through
  6. Let the document set
    • 1-2 minutes 
  7. Clean up the document
    • Trim edges if needed 
    • Leave around a 2mm border so the laminate holds together

Method #2: Roll Laminator

If you need to laminate larger documents, such as posters and banners, chances are you need a roll laminator. Roll laminators are excellent for efficient lamination and range in size from 12 inches up to a few feet wide.

  1. Choose a laminator that is the correct size for your project
    • The dimensions of the roll can be smaller than the laminator
  2. Familiarize yourself with the controls
    • All laminators vary so it is important to understand what the controls do prior to use
  3. Install a laminating roll
    • During the installation process, it is critical that the adhesive side of the laminating roll faces away from the roller
  4. Do an initial run to prime the laminator rolls
    • For this, you can use cardboard or cardstock to push through the laminator
    • Letting it run through a couple of times makes sure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles and that both sides of the rolls line up 
  5. Use guide fences to insert document
    • Roll laminators are continuous so the guides make it easy to process multiple documents at once
    • You can also use the guides in landscape or portrait mode
  6. Feed it through the laminator and retrieve it on the other end
    • Press the stop button when the project has finished
    • Cut the project from the roll
  7. Cut Edges 
    • Trim the edges and cut off the excess material
  8. Reload roll if needed

Method #3: Self-Adhesive Sheets

For simple laminating needs, self-adhesive sheets are the ideal tool. They are coated in adhesive for an effective and cheaper alternative to laminating.

  1. Select self-adhesive sheets for your specific project
    • Double check the dimensions of the sheets and if they have grids to help place the document
  2. Remove the top strip of the adhesive
    • Handle the edges to avoid fingerprint marks
  3. Place paper and press down
    • Centre the document with the adhesive side facing up and grid underneath
  4. Turn document over and remove the film from adhesive
    • Secure the material to the laminating sheet
  5. Smooth the adhesive
    • Use a brayer, ruler, or credit card depending on the size of the document
    • Lie flat and push to avoid wrinkles or air bubbles
  6. Cut Edges
    • Trim excess around edges
    • Leave 2mm border

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