Laminating is the process of bonding a clear plastic film onto printed images. Both the front and back of the printed image are covered to ensure that the so that the print is completely enclosed within the composite material. It is an effective means of preserving and protecting the print and achieves improved strength and stability over the long-term,
How does lamination improve the longevity of my photograph or print?
Print-quality lamination is not quite the same as the lamination available from consumer-grade laminating printers, in terms of quality, available size, and value.
VIP uses Conservation-Grade lamination which uses a different ratio of glue to plastic, and better quality glue for longevity.
Conservation Laminate is a popular preservation method because the process seals away moisture and resists age spectacularly when stored correctly, the glue completely bonds to the print at a high temperature, encapsulating it. Professional lamination does not discolour the print or photograph at all. This is a key difference with using a professional grade product and service that is not available with the readily available or “normal” consumer grade products.
What finishes of lamination are available?
We offer both a high-gloss laminate and a matte laminate. Matte may perform better in positions underneath or directly facing bright lights, while high-gloss laminate is truest to colour and retains incredible shine.
How should a laminated print be transported and stored?
All laminated prints, fabrics and materials should be stored flat, as rolling laminate will push the glue around beneath the plastic, leading to an uneven surface, cracks, and air bubbles. If a laminated print absolutely must be rolled for transport, the image should always be on the outside.
Want to know more?
Whatever your laminating needs, we’re always only a phone call away, or call in and see us in our Nambour shop soon. Click through to our contact page and call or email us for any questions you might have.