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Protecting Your Images

(February 2010) posted on Thu Mar 11, 2010

Laminates and graphics protection from more than 75 sources.

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By J.P. Pieratt

Premier Imaging Products
Liquid coatings include lacquer-based Print Shield for paper, water-based Eco Print Shield for canvas (in gloss, satin, matte), and Eco Elegance water-based gel for fine art and photography.

Professional Image
ImageArmor thermal, thermal econo, low-melt, white-backing, vinyl, and pressure-sensitive laminates.

Protect-all clear laminate films in polyester, polypropylene, and nylon; Taffeta and Deep Silk textured films.

SS Alam, SS Calendered, SS Dry-Erase, SS Velvet (light emboss), and SS Safari (heavy emboss) vinyl laminates available in gloss, matte, and luster. Sign Supply USA and East West Plastic joined in early 2009 to form Proveer.

Quality Media
& Laminating Solutions
Instashield and Exhibitshield pressure-sensitive laminating films; Hard Guard and Digi Guard thermal laminating films; and Duraguard heat-set laminating films.

Quest Films
Instashield pressure-sensitive films, Hardguard thermal laminates, Duraguard heat-set films, and more.

R Tape
Eclypse series PVC, polycarbonate, and polyester overlaminate films available in various finishes and textures. New is Eclypse Patterned overlaminate films in linen, frost, diamond plate, carbon fibre, and glitter.

Remington Laminations
RemiGuard low-temp, heat-activated film in luster and satin; RemiGloss, RemiSatin, RemiLustre, RemiWhite, RemiMatte, and RemiTex thermal laminating films; RemiCrystal, RemiChrome, RemiFrost, RemiClear, RemiGlossy, and RemiLustre pressure-sensitive, cold laminates.

Vinyl, polyester, polypropylene, and polycarbonate overlaminates in a variety of finishes (gloss, luster, matte, scuff-resistant, gloss velvet). Also: clear, scuff-resistant Floor Talkers for floor applications, and more.

Roland DGA
PGM overlaminates in gloss, luster, and matte (for vehicle graphics), all designed for HeatWave sublimation inks.

Royal Sovereign International
Royalam I and II and Lomel thermal laminates; Royal Clear Mount and White Mount, and PrintPro UV pressure-sensitive laminates; and Royal Foto-Flex Sand heat-activated laminates.

DreamScape DreamGuard Protex3 liquid topcoat is available in gloss, matte, and satin finishes; compatible with solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable prints.

Sign Warehouse
PrismJet 108 anti-graffiti overlaminate films.

3M Commercial Graphics
Offers an array of overlaminate films, including 3M overlaminates (interior matte, polyester, transparent velvet polycarbonate), Scotchcal overlaminates (gloss, high gloss, luster, matte, ultra matte, clear), and Scotchgard Graphic and Surface Protection film. Also offers 3M Piezo Ink Jet Protective Clear liquid coating.

Its DigiKote series of low-temp laminates include Display Lustre, Display WO (white opaque), Gloss/Satin, HC (hard coat) Lustre, and Matte; Trans-Kote polyester, polypropylene, and nylon thermal films.

Universal Products
Solut series cast, calendered, and polycarbonate overlaminates for vehicle, floor, and P-O-P/tradeshow graphics.

Cold, roll laminates include ProTac UV pressure-sensitive, Expression, and Print Shield Premium UV lines. Other laminate lines include Opti Clear (available in pouch form), DigiSeal (designed for digital), and Jet Guard.

Valspar Digital
AquaGuard liquid laminate line includes 80 Series in gloss or matte; 100 Series in gloss, luster, matte; and 500 Series in gloss or matte.

ProFinish dual-side, cold-laminate media and one-side laminate/one-side mounting adhesive products for educators and related markets.