Answer to which is better hot or cold laminator

Answer to which is better hot or cold laminator

Posted by steve a on 6th Dec 2018

A quality laminated-overlay shields the ink or dry-toner from ecological conditions as rain and sun. A few items offer extra UV assurance to build print sturdiness/life expectancy.


Overlays-lamination is often utilized to change appearance or complete a realistic design look needed or switching from the today popular matte look to glossy.


Heat Activated/ HOT laminator – The adhesive requires high levels of heat to be activated before it will adhere to the media.

Cold lamination means

Pressure Sensitive often called Cold Lamination – Here, the adhesive is used cold and asserts itself to ones print with just a bit of pressure.  No heat is needed yet a steady press against the wide-format printing is highly suggested.  Some customers have used rollers here or most often a tool as a rubber sided trowel or a rubber ended car washing windshield squeegee is helpful as on adheres pressure to the print.
Liquid – This type of lamination is brushed on or, roller or spray application with a hobby-gun or sorts as well as roll liquid laminates

Practice makes perfect in large-format laminate so if there are issues with ones lamination remember it is good to use a practice picture most close to one desired. Below here are some very every day issues that may occur at first try:

If one has bubble the image may not be dry thus upon checking this also qualify your temperature is not to high.

If lamination looks cloudy as this may be from not enough heat applied.

Silvering may be changed by expanding the temperature or backing off the speed.

Not too much, for too much lamination may cause one to experience project-curling or the edge may lift and less here is more.