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Lamination without laminator?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Hardware' started by Steve C., Jan 5, 2005.

  1. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    I don't have a clue about laminators or how they work so this may be a stupid question, but, on small jobs why can't I just apply the laminate by hand? I'm getting a lot of dust and trash in liquid laminate.

    Steve C.
     
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  2. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    No reason you can't hand laminate....

    I put a sock on my squeegie though. :Coffee:
     
  3. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    I do it often ... I also use application fluid, prevents bubbles and creases.
     
  4. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    Try a Piece of Velcro

    It's less stinky than your socks and isn't bothered by liquids. Use the hook side only ... not the loops. It doesn't leave a mark.

    I use it on unmasked vinyl and laminate all the time. I also find I get a lot easier application of large graphics due to the cushioned effect and lower friction against the application tape.
     

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  5. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    That's GREAT! Thanks guys. I'll try it. Oh yeah, What about brands? is there one that is easier to work with by hand?
     
  6. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    Never Mind....Just called my supplier and have a roll on the way. Thanks again.
     
  7. dccas

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    I think I may need help on lamination, I am applying a large (for me)
    96" x 48" printed vinyl on alumalite and it will be outdoors 365 days a year...

    so, lamination....is it clear vinyl? and what is this liquid stuff?
    one shot clear? if it is liquid, where do I purchase it? my supplier?
    I think that's the way I want to go...

    a step by step procedure would be nice...

    thanks :smile:
    Dennis
     
  8. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    When I say Liquid Laminate, Yes, One Shot clear or Frog Juice. I have also tried a water based clear called ClearShield. I don't like it much because you must flood it on thick and it will run if your substrate is not perfectly horizontal.
     
  9. SignRover

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    Unless it's for a short-term application, be sure you're getting a solvent print and a UV rated laminate.
     
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