What are my options for laminating pouches?

posted this on Jul 20, 2015

One of the best things about laminators is that there are a variety of supplies you can use with these devices. In fact, there are five different kinds of laminating pouches that come in many sizes and thicknesses, from 1.5 mil all the way to 10 mil. Knowing what supplies are available can help you make the right choice when it comes time to buy them. So here are the five types of packets:

  1. Thermal. Thermal pouches are very popular and are probably the most common type of laminating supplies. These packets contain adhesive that is activated by the machine’s heat. In addition to standard, everyday packets, there are premium thermal supplies available and they’re perfect for when you want to preserve your document for a long time. These items will prevent your document from becoming discolored or faded, and some of them even offer UV protection. GBC’s HeatSeal LongLife products are what you should get if you need premium laminating supplies.
  2. Self-sealing. These type of packets are what you need when you want to do cold lamination. They can also come in handy when you need laminate something but aren’t near your machine. Self-sealing pouches are great for when you’re working with heat-sensitive items (photographs, ink-jet printouts, etc.) that would otherwise be damaged if they were processed on a hot setting. Some of these packets are resealable, so if you make an error when laminating or your final product is marred by bubbles or wrinkles, you can reposition and reseal the packet to get the right look.
  3. Sticky back. Sticky back pouches are a really innovative product. Not only do they protect your document from spills, rips, and other damage, they have a liner on the back that you can remove to reveal an adhesive backing. You can then stick your laminated item on to any flat surface to make professional-looking displays and signs. You could even use them for craft projects, such as scrapbooking.
  4. Matte. One thing you need to consider when buying laminating pouches is the type of finish you want. A lot of packets have a glossy finish which often looks great, but there are times when you need something a little bit less flashy. That’s when matte packets come in handy. These items have a non-shiny surface that can be written on with a Sharpie or ballpoint pen. Depending on your needs, you can use one that has two matte surfaces or one with a glossy side and a matte side.
  5. Colored. Finally, colored packets are available and they offer a quick and easy way to make your documents more noticeable. Each one has a clear front and then a colored back. The colors that are available include black, white, red, and blue.
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