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Laminating film is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses. The thicker the film, the stiffer and more durable the laminated item will be. Films can be used for hot or cold lamination depending on the type of document you have.
Some laminating film is identified as being "low melt" film. These are not cold laminating films. These films are hot laminating films that require less heat. They are used when using hot lamination to laminate materials that are sensitive to higher temperatures, such as photographs and documents/ images printed by from ink-jet printers.
Cold laminating film (sometimes called tape laminating) uses pressure sensitive adhesives to bind the film to the material being laminated.
Cold lamination is your best option when laminating heat-sensitive documents or photos. There are several styles of cold laminating film to fit a variety of applications:
Single-sided film is used to laminate just one side of a document. You might use this type of laminate if you wanted to apply an adhesive to the back of the document.
Double-sided or dual laminating films completely encase your document, laminating both sides for complete protection.
Magnetic laminating films apply laminate to one side of your materials and a magnetic backing to the other.
Transfer adhesive laminating films laminate your document on both sides, and at the same time apply an adhesive backing. A peel-away liner reveals the adhesive. You can then stick the laminated document to various surfaces such as glass or wood.
Over-laminate is a laminating film that is applied to materials such as floor graphics, wall art, store front signage, and children's games. Over-laminate is cut out and laid over the material.
Cold Laminating film is available in a variety of finishes:
Matte - This is a non-reflective finish that has a slightly granular look. Matte finishes tend to make image colors more vivid.
Satin - Provides a reduced level of glare, and has a soft sheen.
Lustre - This finish reduces glare, and has a sparkling sheen.
Gloss - This is a clear finish that brings out and emphasizes colors. It makes images look brighter, adds definition and radiance.