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quick laminating question

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by rushworks graphics, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    was putting my first print of the day through the laminator this morning and just as the print had started to go through the rollers the laminator stopped......not actually sure why but..... so once started again i got a very small row of 3-4 bubbles where it had stopped inthe rollers......

    now, will these go away if i waited over the weekend? can i pop them(they are quite small), or is the print wasted and should i just reprint, relam?
     
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  2. dsmskyline

    dsmskyline Member

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    Ive had a similar issue due to the safety device on my laminator.

    I was lucky once being able to run the print back through the laminator(lamination not threaded) starting with the opposite end and it got most of the bubbles out.

    I have also had it to the point I had to reprint it.

    Depending on the material and size of the print, it may be less of a hassle to just reprint to make sure to give the customer the best output possible.
     
  3. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    its only a 3' x 2' so not a big deal......just its a few small bubbles anr wondered if they'll dissapear in the next 48 hrs.....

    i wouldn't give the customer this print with those little bubbles in.
     
  4. Locals Find!

    Locals Find! Very Active Member

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    If the customer isn't going to pick it up today. Why not just wait the weekend see what happens and if they don't go away reprint on monday??
     
  5. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    yeah, was going to wait over thweekend to see, just wanted to see if anyone else had this happen and what the out come was......
    if its a case of, there not going to go away etc then i'll just reprint.
     
  6. EricRamse

    EricRamse Member

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    Cold laminate? If so did you run it back through the rollers again?
     
  7. Sticky Signs

    Sticky Signs Very Active Member

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    I would just pop them and let them sit to make sure it's a sellable product. Otherwise, yeah, reprint.
    You could have avoided the bubbles by adding a little back tension on the media before starting the machine up again.
     
  8. rushworks graphics

    rushworks graphics Very Active Member

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    thanks guys, i'll pop them and leave it over the weekend and see how it looks.
    thanks for the tips!
     
  9. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    If the print is dark then I would say even after bursting the bubbles you will see them days later but give it a try.

    I am currently running a job of 25 32" x 38" signs and the background colour is a dark navy blue and I had to hit the brakes on the laminator a few times and it is so obvious that they are far from perfect.
    I just reprint them as at that size it is no big deal
     
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