How to Do One Sided Lamination

posted this on Mar 16, 2016

There are two main ways to do one sided lamination. Both have different benefits that I will explain as we go through the process.

The first way to laminate only one side of your project is to replace the bottom roll with kraft paper. To use this method the roll of paper must meat some requirements to work with your machine. First it must have the same core size--many laminators have a 1 inch core, up to a 3 inch core. It should also fit within your laminator, and be slightly wider than your choice of film on the top roll. The kraft paper is there to ensure no adhesive gets onto the heat rolls of your laminator. So if your top lamination film is wider than the bottom paper, then you end up with a big sticky mess.

The kraft paper route is easier to manage, only inserting one project at a time. This method also allows you to laminate multiple projects that are different sizes, allowing for the most variations.

The second way is to use two lamination rolls. This method can potentially be twice as fast, but can also be more problematic. This is most convenient when you already have a laminator with two rolls of film already loaded on the machine. Instead of using the kraft paper, you can use another project of the same size! But I will stress that your projects have to be the exact same size, put back to back, then inserted into the laminator. If either project shifts at all, then you are going to run into more problems. When the two projects are not aligned, then it exposes the back of the projects to be laminated--and since we are doing one sided lamination this is bad because now a small part of the projects are laminated on the back. This also means that if you have many different sizes, this method won't work very well. 

It may also be more challenging with wider laminators because you have to continually align your projects back to back and make sure they don't shift, which takes more time. With a larger laminator, as it runs and you are taking the extra time to align projects, you're wasting a lot more film. This is less of a problem when your laminator can only fit one project at a time.

Another work around is to put scrap paper under your projects. This is more wasteful, but when you don't have any other choice(like if you work in a school and several other people use the laminator), it's a great work around to get a one sided project.

In all situations, you'll need to trim your projects to size(whether it is a one sided, or two sided lamination). We recommend a guillotine cutter or rolling trimmer for this. Kraft paper projects will be easier to trim to the edge, where you may have to trim off more using the back to back approach.

Kraft paper is easier to manage, and your per-projects results will probably be a higher quality because of it. However, the two film roll approach could be much more efficient when you only have to laminate one size of project in large batches.

If you need supplies or a machine to do this, I highly recommend calling us so we can help you find exactly what you're looking for. It can be a daunting task, but with the help of our team's expertise it can be an easy one.

 


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