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Should I laminate or mount first?

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by rm5690, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. rm5690

    rm5690 Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    Virginia, USA
    This might be a stupid question but we do very little laminating so I don't have any experience to go off of, really.

    Does it make a difference to laminate a print before or after it's mounted to a substrate?

    If it makes a difference, this particular job is for small-ish dry-erase charts so I'm applying a dry erase lam to a vinyl print then mounting that to a display board.
  2. greysquirrel

    greysquirrel Active Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    West Berlin, NJ
    laminating first gives you a little more structure to handle...
    laminating first can eliminate silvering
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  3. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    laminating first can also eliminate scuffs/scratches in your print prior to & during application

    ...honestly, i see no benefit to lamination after application unless you're trying to do something quirky like sealing multiple hand-placed graphics under a single clear-layer like pictures/postcards under an epoxy bartop coating.
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