Your Laminating Supplies Shopping List
So, you bought a laminator. Now what? Chances are you have a hundred projects in mind and not a clue where to begin. No worries. We’re here to lay out exactly what you need to make all your lamination projects a success. Having top-quality laminating accessories is imperative to completing a fail-proof project.
First things first, do you have the right lamination machine? There are several deciding factors that come into play, depending on what you need to laminate and how much space you have to work with. Not sure which machine is right for you? Check out our lamination machine buyers’ guide here.
Got the right machine? Great. Let’s venture into the wonderful world of laminating supplies.
Lamination doesn’t have to be a Sticky Situation
There’s more to laminating than just picking out the right kind of film. To keep the process as smooth as possible, make sure you have the right supplies to finish your project and store (or transfer) it without ruining your hard work. Here are three must-have tools to avoid a hot (roll) mess.
3 ‘Must-Have’ Laminating Supplies
1. Mounting Supplies
You don’t have to manually mount your recently laminated project to a board, painstakingly aligning your poster onto the board and using a heavy roll to ensure it doesn’t wrinkle. Instead, your roll laminator machine might be able to do it for you!
If you have a roll laminator with “gapable” rollers — i.e., rollers that can process materials of varying thickness — then you can mount your sign, poster, or visual aid pretty easily with the right supplies.
To start, some mounting and laminating boards will already be cut to the right thickness, and many will already have adhesive on them so that you don’t have to also purchase mounting adhesive. You can also try a dry mounting process, which uses a low-heat activated tissue that bonds to your poster and a mounting board- this method will, however, require a dry mount press.
2. Laminating Pouches
Pouch laminators tend to be the easiest machine to handle but you need to purchase laminating pouches to get the job done. There are a number of thermal laminating pouches out there and they’re able to keep your business cards, report covers or other important documents safe from small coffee spills to a torrential downpour of rain. Laminating pouches use a film coated with a heat-activated adhesive to envelop the project and once ran through the machine, it is covered. You can pick large or small pouches based on the millimeter thickness or width of your material. Pouch lamination is perfect for recipe cards, achievement certifications or id cards.
3. Self-Stick Easel Backs
Once your project is laminated, you’re ready for the presentation. There’s nothing more embarrassing than a sub-par display setup. Your tradeshow appearance is half the battle of selling your services so having a top-quality presentation display is extremely important. Your laminated documents will shine with self-adhesive easel backs to prop up your masterpiece. The self-stick easel backs are a sturdy and attractive way to make your display stick out from the rest. All you have to do is pull the backing off and apply to the board or document that you want to display and you’re set for the show.
Taking the time to be sure you have the proper laminating supplies will make the entire scope of your project seamless and stress-free. For the rest of your laminating needs, check out the rest of our products here.