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How to Use GBC Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches
A couple of weeks again, we featured a post about the advantages of using GBC Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches. If you read that post and wanted to learn more about these pouches, you’re in luck because this week’s post will tell you how to use them. As you might be expecting, it’s pretty easy to do. You can check out the video to see how it’s done or follow these directions:
- Choose a pouch that is big enough to encapsulate your document. Put your item inside the pouch.
- Use the pouch’s grid to align your document. When you are satisfied with the placement of your item, pull the tab inside the pouch. This will expose a strip of adhesive. Use it to secure your document in place.
- Peel the liner from the inside of the pouch to expose a full sheet of adhesive. Apply the film to your document slowly and be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles that appear.
- Now that your document is laminated, you can trim excess film, if necessary. (A rotary trimmer is ideal for this.) Continue the above process if you have other
documents to laminate.
As you can tell, using GBC Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches is easy, and it will make your documents look great. Keep in mind that you can get pouches containing repositionable adhesive. Those pouches are what you should use if you think you’ll need to make changes to your work after it’s been laminated. You can reposition your item for up to 24 hours after it was originally laminated.
Using GBC Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches is a great choice if you want to make your documents look great without needing to use a pouch laminator. Give them a try today so you can see for yourself how easy they are to use.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire? Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose. What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them. One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter. If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)