What are my options for trimming laminated documents?

posted this on Jul 21, 2015

Now that you’ve successfully laminated your documents, it’s time to get rid of the excess plastic that frames them. But how do you do that? Don’t worry, this article will tell you how to successfully trim laminated documents and projects. And, best of all, all of these methods are easy. Here they are…

  1. Scissors. Of course, you can always use scissors to trim away any extra film. The good thing about scissors is that there’s almost always a pair around, so you won’t have to spend money on another cutting tool or waste time trying to find that one X-acto knife you thought you had in your desk drawer. While scissors are handy and they’re good for thinner plastics, it can be difficult to get a perfectly straight line with them. If you do choose to use scissors, keep them open and then slice through the plastic. It will give you better results than if you opened and closed them along the sides of the document.
  2. A ruler/straight edge and knife. This can be a easy way of cutting off the extra plastic. And, best of all, chances are you already have the materials you need. Be sure to use a cutting mat if you choose this method because if you don’t, you’re going to damage your work surface. Also, be really careful with the knife so you don’t wind up accidentally cutting yourself.
  3. A rotary trimmer. Using one of these devices is a great way to trim the excess laminate from your documents. Using a rotary trimmer will give you a totally straight edge, something that just isn’t possible with scissors. Rotary trimmers come in a lot of different sizes, so there’s definitely going to be one that’s right for your project, whether it’s small or large. These devices are also easy to use – just remember to keep your fingers away from the blade! Also, these trimmers aren’t good for trimming huge stacks of documents, so keep that in mind if you have a big pile of items to work through.
  4. Zippy Knives. These handy little tools are made by GBC and can be really helpful when trimming your laminated documents. They’re simply double-edged razors secured in plastic handles. They’re safe to use and will give you a clean cut, even on odd-shaped items. Be sure to use a steady hand with these tools because it can be difficult to get a perfectly straight line with them.
  5. Use a machine. Finally, you can use a machine to trim your items. Some laminators, such as the GBC HeatSeal Sprint H925 will automatically cut away excess plastic. You can even purchase specialized trimmers such as the GBC Pro Trim, which can be really handy if you regularly work with a large volume of documents. However, if you just laminate once in a while, one of the other options would definitely be more cost-effective.
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