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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

Pressure-sensitive overlaminates, HeatSet overlaminating films, and MHL low-temp thermal overlaminating/encapsulating films. Its Interlam Bio line of laminates are designed to be fully biodegradable after use. Also offers a range of EnduraCoat Aqueous low-VOC liquid coatings, including EnduraCoat UltraMaxx Gloss and UltraFlex Matt for wrap applications, as well as EnduraCoat Transit for transit apps, plus InstaCure UV-curable liquid coatings.

Tedlar PVF and PVF SP (Special Properties) line of overlaminates.

Roll thermal and cold laminates in gloss or matte finishes.

FDC Graphic Films
FDC Series premium-, intermediate-, and promotional-grade, pressure-sensitive laminating films for various applications in gloss, matte, or luster finishes.

Gamutskin and Lamex laminates in gloss, luster, matte, clear, or textured finishes, as well as overlams with rigid backing.

BusArt, Brushcal, FlexMark, ClassicsPlus, FlexVu, and JetBond overlaminates. Its FlexMark floor art OV6604 is a 25-mil, clear overlaminate for floor graphics, including carpet.

Laminates include thermal films Octiva, Nap-Lam, and AccuShield in gloss, matte, luster, or textured finishes; Arctic pressure-sensitive laminates and adhesives in gloss, matte, luster, satin, or textured finishes; and HeatSeal laminating pouches. New is Nap-Lam II, a clear polyester film coated with a low-temperature copolymer adhesive in various finishes.

General Formulations
Concept pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated C1, C2 (clear), and M1 (matte) polyester films; VF (clear, luster, matte), SR5 (clear) vinyl and CAN (clear) embossed vinyl films; PC polycarbonate films (velvet, gloss); and PP2 polypropylene film (clear).

Gerber Scientific Products
Laminates include GerberGuard (3-mil, gloss), StrikeGuard (8-mil, gloss), and UVGuard (1-mil, clear Tedlar).

Graphic Laminating
Durafilm pressure-sensitive, thermal, and low-melt films in matte, luster, gloss, satin finishes; also, laminating pouches (gloss, satin).

Graphics One
GO PermaFilm pressure-sensitive, cold laminate in gloss or matte; GO PermaShield liquid laminate.

Gregory Inc.
TrendFilm 2-mil, permanent adhesive in clear or gloss.

Hahnemühle Shield Protective Spray is odorless, transparent, fast-drying, and non-yellowing.

Hexis USA
PVC and polyester laminates in gloss, matte, satin, or embossed. Its PC30 1.2-mil cast laminate is designed for vehicle wraps (matte, super matte, or gloss).

Lyson Print Guard spray or brush-on lacquer in satin or gloss, slow or fast dry.

Integument Technologies
Peel-and-stick FluoroGrip clear, single-sided and double-sided films for protection against graffiti and the elements.