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  • Specify "layflat" nylon film to avoid curling of the finished piece.

  • Take care in selecting the appropriate weight of film laminate when downstream operations require folding. A 10 mil. Film, for example would be impossible to fold. The best would be to use a 1.5mil.

  • Films tend to have trouble sticking to uncoated or heavily textured stocks, because it is difficult for the film to get down into the valleys of the paper.

  • As with most coatings, film lamination yields the best result when used over wax and silicone free inks and varnishes. If some wax or silicon is present in your ink or varnish, ask your finisher to run a test.

  • Foil stamping is best done prior to laminating. However, a stampable polyester film is available which accepts foil more readily than other films.

  • For projects that require gluing as a down stream operation, specify a glueable film laminate.

  • Silk screen inks and some copier inks will not bond.

  • Thermal copies and faxes are not recommended for laminating.

  • If sheets are to be aqueous coated, inks under aqueous coatings must be compatible.

  • Metallic inks may not coat. Imitation metallics are recommended but should be tested first.

  • All varnishes and aqueous coatings must be a compatible primer and not an overcoat.

  • Metallic inks may not bond. Imitation metallic inks are recommended.

  • Requires 1/2" clearance on all sides of press sheets which must be free of any inks or coatings.

  • Inks must be completely dry and free of excess spray powder.

  • Plastic and vinyl stocks may blister. Subject to testing.

Film Laminating
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