How do I Thermal Bind Coated/Glossy Paper?

posted this on Sep 18, 2015

Binding coated/glossy paper is tricky when using a thermal binding or perfect binding system because the glue does not adhere well to the shiny coat. In the end, thermal binding works because it attaches to the paper fibers, to which our photo paper is covering. So we’re left with either using a different method of binding, OR we can expose the paper fibers for the glue to stick to. This is where we introduce the Powis Parker Fastback Splitter. It’s only purpose is to simply and effectively expose the edges of your pages so you can proceed to use a glue based binding. The machine creates micro cuts along the edges, which when bound you cannot see. That’s it! To thermal bind coated paper, you have to expose the paper fibers that are covered by the gloss, then proceed as normal to create your project.You can experiment with other options of exposing the edges--maybe by sanding the edges with sandpaper while your project is clamped? Mostly we find options like this impractical, and in a production setting the splitter makes it simple and easy.

 

 

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