Can I use foil with my pouch laminator?

posted this on Jul 8, 2015

If you’ve had your pouch laminator for a while, you’re probably very familiar with how it works and what you can do with it. In fact, you probably use it on a regular basis to protect your important documents like business cards, certificates, and the like. However, you can also do other things with your laminator. One of them is adding foil to your work. After all, items such as business cards, advertisements, letterhead, and so on always look good when they have a bit of a shine to them. The good news is that it’s easy to do this with your laminator. Let’s take a look at how to do so…. 

  1. First of all, you’re going to need to gather up some supplies. You’re going to need: your pouch laminator with adjustable temperature settings; scissors; a roll of foil that’s receptive to toner; a laminating pouch carrier; and access to a photocopier. If there isn’t one available, a laser printer will work too.
  2. Next, warm up your laminator. This shouldn’t take very long – probably just 5 minutes at most. You’re going to need to adjust the temperature setting and make sure it’s pretty high. It should be from 250 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. (If you’re using the Celsius scale, that’s about 150 degrees.) The temperature needs to be high to get the foil to adhere to your documents. At this time, gather up some laminating pouches that are 10 mil thick.
  3. Now you can begin preparing your document. Hopefully you printed it on either a photocopier or laser printer. (The foil you’re using won’t stick to water- or wax-based inks/toners.) Cut the foil down to size so it covers the area where you want it to go and then place everything in a laminating carrier.
  4. At this point, you can run your document through the machine so long as it’s reached the appropriate temperature. As the item makes its way through the laminator, the foil will become fused to the toner so your document will end up looking great. When the item comes out, carefully remove it from the carrier and then peel the excess foil away. Leave the item alone then so it has a chance to cool off. Once it’s cool you can use your item as you see fit and take pride in your work.
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