Thermal lamination is a highly effective process that protects all manner of documents, images and other printed matter. It achieves this by melting the laminate directly onto the surface of the item being treated. When the melted film cools, it contracts, and forms a permanent bond with the document’s surface.
The only trouble with this process is that many materials cannot withstand the high temperatures needed to melt the laminating film. Photographic papers, thermally printed papers, many types of artwork, and even the ever popular digital inks now taking the commercial and advertising worlds by storm, are all susceptible to high temperatures.
It is for this reason that pressure sensitive films have grown in popularity. Unlike thermal films, pressure sensitive films use contact adhesives, rather than heat activation, to forge the bond. This means that pressure sensitive films (also known as ‘cold films’) can be safely used on just about any surface.
Technological advances mean that pressure sensitive films now achieve first class results, extending the life of documents to many years if kept indoors. Even in the challenging conditions of outdoor use, a good quality Pressure Sensitive Film can be expected to last three years.
Ideal for all sorts of display purposes pressure sensitive films are available in a good of range of finishes and widths, making them ideal for preserving artwork, point of sale and exhibition displays, and all types of material that might be damaged by heat.