Essentials Needed When You’re Cold Laminating A Project
For something that’s seemingly so simple, there sure are many options for protecting a document. Laminators come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes but essentially, they all have the same functions. Durability and preservation. One could go on about the ins and outs of laminating and the myriad of possibilities each machine can offer but here, we are focusing on cold laminators. Cold laminators are advantageous because they are quicker, cheaper and easier to use than their hot relatives. That being said, using one is not exactly a walk in the park. Like the majority of life’s trials and tribulations, there are a few essentials one should know about before diving in the realm of cold laminating.
Essentials for Cold Laminating
Make Sure Your Ink is Dry
This may seem like common sense, (and it is) but it never hurts to remind someone. If the ink on your document has not entirely dried a few problems can occur. These include discoloration of the laminate, the seeping of solvents through the film and the formation of bubbles under the laminate. All nasty problems that can easily be avoided.
Read the Instructions
Yet another common sense rule, but equally as important as the first one. Each laminator is different so it helps to read up on its individual characteristics. The unwind tension of the feed roller, laminating pressure and speed, and pressure of the nip roller are all key elements that can vary from machine to machine. Without necessary preparation, you can risk over laminating or curling your laminate with too much tension. Do your homework to ensure you get a quality result.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Depending on your level of expertise, this may or may not apply. After all, everyone has their own technique when it comes to laminating so if you found one that works, by all means, stick to it. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is best to go with a slow speed. Three to five feet per minute tends to be a good place to start. Once you have that, match the pressure with the speed. Too much pressure will cause wrinkling while conversely, not enough will litter your laminate with air bubbles.
When you have your end result, it’s best to ship and store all laminates flat. If there is a circumstance that does require rolling, keep the printed image on the outside and don’t roll too tightly. This will prevent tunnelling between the over-laminate and the print.