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Post Wed May 02, 2007 2:33 pm

laminating - hot or not

Hi All
What is your preferred method for laminating your digital prints?

    Wet (once it's been applied to the panel)
    Cold lamination (prior to application)
    Hot Lamination (again prior)


Considering buying a hot laminator just wondered what you thought really

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Post Wed May 02, 2007 3:27 pm

hang on the esy taper brigade are on the way :wink:

but i like a bit of warmth with mine
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Post Fri May 04, 2007 5:02 pm

Chris Wool wrote:hang on the esy taper brigade are on the way :wink:

but i like a bit of warmth with mine


Sorry don't get the "esy taper brigade" reference - not many of you out there with laminators it seems
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Post Fri May 04, 2007 5:13 pm

Wait a while Colin, a lot of us are busy catching up after a couple of days out at Sign UK.

The EzyTaper reference you may well discover later, or just search the boards!
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Post Fri May 04, 2007 5:21 pm

Hi Colin,
we use our laminator mainly for laminating prints onto cast vinyl so we only use ours cold. if we add warmth to it, it can cause problems with creasing as the cast is so thin.
We have used warm for thicker material but cannot see any difference so we don't bother.
had our lam machine for over a year now & was advised not to bother with "Hot" by quite a lot of users.

wouldn't be without mine now, useful for all sorts of jobs.

the quote about "easy taper" meant to be a laugh about the manual machine on our home page. take a look, it might be what you need.
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Post Fri May 04, 2007 5:58 pm

do you not need hot lam if laminating wrap vinyl ? i'm sure that was one of the things i picked up yesterday at the show,
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Post Fri May 04, 2007 6:20 pm

hi Hugh, that's what i was told by a supplier a year ago, (who was trying to sell me a lam machine), but everyone i asked who uses them said not.
So i don't bother & not had any bother at all.
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Post Fri May 04, 2007 8:18 pm

shane has missed this post.

colin

3 type of laminator
cold as it says room temp
warm 40 deg designed to help remove silvering (very small air pockets)

hot is very hot and for encapsulating only

most laminates will apply cold ok but most of them will silver unless warmed a bit the glue flows out better.
cast can be a problem warm but aleast you can turn the heaters off.

we have a warm one and i think its worth the extra.

the esy tapper on all accounts is very good but but having seen the price of it at the show i would spend a little more and have a motor & heater.

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Post Fri May 04, 2007 8:29 pm

Heat.

Apart from reducing silvering, I think it makes the colours more vibrant.
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Post Fri May 04, 2007 9:32 pm

I do all mine cold, I've tried it warm but got nothing but problems and never saw much difference.

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Post Fri May 11, 2007 2:40 pm

Hugh Potter wrote:do you not need hot lam if laminating wrap vinyl ? i'm sure that was one of the things i picked up yesterday at the show,


I've heard almost everyone does their vehicle wraps with nothing but cold-pressure sensitive laminates. Thermal isn't really necessary for anything, nice for flat-mounted artwork, but cold lamination can be as well...
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Post Fri May 11, 2007 3:15 pm

Chris Wool wrote:hang on the esy taper brigade are on the way :wink:

but i like a bit of warmth with mine


Yes chris i mentioned the ezy taper once, but i think i got away with it!!

There are some very good cold laminators out there now, and as others have mentioned they come motorised! for probably less money.

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