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Laminates: Enhancing the Print

(January 2011) posted on Wed Jan 12, 2011

More than 70 sources for laminates and graphics-protection products.

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By Britney Grimmelsman

More than just “icing on the cake” for a graphics job, laminates and protective films also can be the key ingredient when it comes to a print’s durability. Plus, a laminate can add to the graphic’s aesthetic – providing a texture and visual feel that really pulls the viewer’s eye. Add in other qualities like enhanced slip-resistance for floor graphics and an anti-graffiti agent for public venues and it’s all but impossible to ignore how critical laminates are in today’s wide-format world.

On the pages that follow, we’ve compiled an extensive list of laminate and graphic-protection sources. For the purposes of this list, only primary producers and manufacturers of laminates and graphic protection for the wide-format market are included, as are companies that have their own branded media; not included are distributors/dealers who simply offer another company’s brand.

Advanced Greig Laminators
Cover-Rite thermal and pressure-sensitive overlaminate films in matte, gloss, textured, and luster finishes; Cover-Rite V2 overlaminate in gloss or luster finish.

Advantage Distribution
Advan-Tac Economy laminating films include pressure-sensitive GlossLam-UV, PS Laminate, PS High Gloss PolyLam, and PS Clear Dry Erase.

Advantage Sign Supply
VariousOptima Opti-Koat laminates for floor graphics, window graphics, dry-erase apps, and more; in gloss, luster, satin, and matte finishes.

Series 3200 2-mil, optically clear; Series 3220, luster, satin, matte or gloss; Series 3420, satin or gloss; its Series 3350 is specifically designed as an anti-graffiti overlaminate.
Acid-free cold (matte, gloss, luster) and canvas-texture laminates; scuff-resistant films (matte, gloss); also roll-laminator films (matte or gloss).

Art Unica
DuraLam+ (gloss, matte, luster, satin) and DuraLam+ Crystal laminates.

Self-adhesive polyester and PVC laminating films, including Aslan SL Series, in various finishes, textures, and thicknesses; MP Series for floor graphics and DFP Series for outdoor graphics.

Avery Dennison
DOL pressure-sensitive overlaminates include ultimate cast DOL 1060 (gloss), 1080 (matte), 1360 3D (gloss), and 1560 (optically clear); high performance calendered DOL 2060 (gloss), 2070 (luster), and 2080 (matte); promo calendered DOL 3060 (gloss), 3070 (luster), and 3080 (matte); and DOL 6060 anti-graffiti specialty film. New to ultimate cast line are 1.3-mil DOL 1370 (luster) and 1380 (matte).

Spain-based BeDigital’s pressure-sensitive, cold-laminating films include Metromeric, Linentex, Sandtex, UV Ecomeric, Polyscratch, Pop-Up, and Floor Graphics; heat-sensitive encapsulates include Polycrystal, Special Ultra Gloss/Matte, Pop-Up Blocking.