Protecting Your Images
Laminates and graphics protection from more than 75 sources.
They are to graphics as an offensive line is to a star quarterback, a pit crew is to a championship car driver, or even a caddy is to a golfer: Remove them from the equation, and you can be mired in mediocrity or—even worse—inadequacy. They are laminates and protective films, and while proper use to the casual observer can make a project’s graphics shine as the star, insiders know that what you don’t see might just be the project’s MVP.
What follows is a compilation of more than 75 laminate and graphic-protection sources. For purposes of this list, we have only listed primary producers, manufacturers, and suppliers of laminates and graphic protection for the wide-format market, as well as companies that have their own branded media; we have not listed distributors/dealers who are simply selling another company’s brand.
Advanced Finishing Solutions
EnduraCoat aqueous liquid coatings for fleet, anti-graffiti, fine art, sign and banner, and digital wallpaper; InstaCure UV-curable coatings for gloss and matte applications.
Advanced Greig Laminators
Cover-Rite thermal and pressure-sensitive overlaminate films in matte, gloss, textured, and luster finishes.
Its line of Advan-Tac Economy laminating films include pressure-sensitive, 4-mil GlossLam-UV, 3-mil PS Laminate, 2-mil PS High Gloss PolyLam, and 1-mil PS Clear Dry Erase.
Advantage Sign Supply
The Optima Opti-Koat line includes: clear and white double-sided adhesive; Xtreme Grip; PSA floor mat; dry erase; available in gloss, lustre, satin, and matte finishes.
Overlaminates include Series 3200 2-mil, optically clear; Series 3220/3230, matte or gloss; Series 3350, clear anti-graffiti; and Series 3420, calendered matte or gloss.
Acid-free cold (matte, gloss, luster) and canvas-texture laminates; scuff-resistant films (matte, gloss); also 1.5- to 3-mil roll-laminator films (matte or gloss).
DuraLam+ (gloss, matte, luster, and satin) and DuraSolv+.
Self-adhesive polyester and PVC laminating films, including Aslan SL Series for a variety of applications, available in various finishes, textures, and thicknesses; also MP Series for floor graphics.
DOL pressure-sensitive overlaminates include ultimate cast DOL 1060 (gloss), 1080 (matte), 1360 (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).
Array of specialty adhesive films. New is Bienfang RagMount low-melt designed for dry-mounting Giclée prints and fine-art prints to paper. Also, Texturing and Finish Guard UV films in various finishes and textures for fine-art applications.
Glamour 2 Veneer is a canvas/ giclée varnish that is water-based and non-yellowing; available in gloss or matte.
Fine-art/canvas coatings include Ultra glossy/gloss/semi-gloss (liquid or aerosol); AquaLam gloss/satin (liquid); Dreamguard matte/satin (liquid); and Impasto textured gloss/satin (gel).
CalComp Graphic Solutions
Pressure-sensitive, cold-laminated PVC films include Artisan Econo, PS, Crystal PS, Polycarbonate PS, and PS Dry Erase; thermal-laminated cast films include gloss, satin, matte, clear.
CM polyester films, CP polypropylene and polycarbonate films, CV flexible vinyl, and SRV embossed rigid vinyl.
ClearLam optically clear polyester, pressure-sensitive, cold-mount overlaminate (flat installations only); CurvaLam conformable, glossy, cold-mount PVC for vehicle- and window-graphics; and PerfxCoat hot-mount coating for solvents (not recommended for aqueous or UV-cured inks).
UV-protective coatings include ClearShield for solvent-based and non-water-sensitive inks (gloss, semi-gloss, matte, satin); and ClearJet and ClearJet Fine Art for water-based and water-sensitive inks (gloss, semi-gloss, low gloss).
ThermaPro series of low-melt laminates available in high-gloss, matte (cut-to-size); Cold-mount pressure-sensitive Smooth overlaminate in glossy, luster, matte, and Elam (for dry-erase marker applications); Cold-mount pressure-sensitive Textured overlaminate in canvas, stipple, and Lexan.
Expression line of thermal, pressure-sensitive, and low-melt films and laminates, in various thicknesses, widths, and finishes; also available is its SuperStick line of heat-assist, linerless laminates.
Rollaguard liquid coating (gloss or satin finish) for outdoor signage as well as canvas fine-art prints. Also offers a line of cold laminates in gloss, luster, and matte.
Pressure-sensitive films include Protac, Interlam, and Interlam Eco; Heat-activated films include ArtShield, MediaShield, and MHL (low-temp). Available in various finishes. Liquid coatings include EnduraCoat Aqueous and InstaCure UV.
Tedlar PVF and PVF SP (Special Properties) line of overlaminates.
DuroTech Adhesive Products
DuroTech pressure-sensitive overlaminate films in matte, gloss, luster, scratch-resistant, and anti-glare finishes. Duromark is a 1-mil, polypropylene film for dry-erase applications.
Roll thermal and cold laminates in various lengths, widths, and thicknesses, and in gloss or matte finishes.
Various thermal and pressure-sensitive laminates, hot backing films and tissues, and low-melt films in gloss, matte, luster finishes.
FDC Graphic Films
FDC Series premium- and intermediate-grade pressure-sensitive laminating films for various applications in gloss, matte, and luster finishes.
Lamex cold- and hot-laminating films in gloss, luster, matte, clear, and textured finishes, as well as overlams with rigid backing.
BusArt, FlexMark, ClassicsPlus, FlexVu, and JetBond overlaminates. New is FlexMark floor art OV6604, a 25-mil, clear overlaminate for floor graphics, including carpet.
Jeti Liquid Laminate clear gloss coating. Acquired by Agfa in 2009.
Laminates include thermal films Octiva, Nap-Lam, and AccuShield in gloss, matte, luster, and textured finishes; Arctic pressure-sensitive laminates and adhesives in gloss, matte, luster, satin, and 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.
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
PVC laminates include GerberGuard (3 mil, gloss), StrikeGuard (8 mil, gloss), UVGuard (1 mil, clear), and Luster (2 mil, gloss); also, EZ Guard liquid laminate.
Durafilm pressure-sensitive, thermal, and low-melt films in matte, luster, gloss, satin finishes; also, laminating pouches.
Graphic Materials International
LM polyester, vinyl, and polypropylene adhesive laminate films in clear, gloss, matte, luster finishes. New is LM1MC, a 1.5-mil, matte-clear cast vinyl.
GO PermaFilm pressure-sensitive, cold laminate in gloss, matte; GO PermaShild liquid laminate.
TrendFilm 2-mil, permanent adhesive in clear, gloss.
Lumijet Protective Spray is odorless, transparent, fast-drying, and non-yellowing.
PVC and polyester laminates for various applications in gloss, matte, satin, embossed. New is PC30M2 1.2-mil, matte cast laminate for vehicle wraps.
Lyson Print Guard spray or brush-on lacquer laminates in satin or gloss, slow or fast dry.
Peel-and-stick FluoroGrip single-sided and double-sided films for protection against graffiti and the elements.
INX Digital International
Triangle Products-brand liquid laminates include ClearFlex (gloss and matte), Fleet ClearFlex (gloss, semi-gloss), ClearFlex ME (gloss), Ultra (gloss, semi-gloss), and CristalBond gloss for UV-curable prints.
Kapco Graphic Products
Offers pressure-sensitive (vinyl, polyester, and polycarbonate) and thermal (low-melt and heat-assist) laminates in a variety of finishes.
LK Series standard, low-melt, and pressure-sensitive cold-mount laminating films in various thicknesses and finishes.
General Purpose, CoPolymer, and Heat Seal thermal laminate films; Pouch films; and UniLam pressure-sensitive laminates.
LEeyes PVC laminate in gloss, matte, and semi-matte (UV-filter version available); also, 50 PET and 100 PET rigid laminates.
Low-melt laminates include DisplayGuard, CrystalEmboss, ArmorGuard UV Hardcoat, and polyester films; also PreLume, GraphicsGuard UV, ExhibitGuard UV pressure-sensitive laminates. New is 3-mil, PVC/vinyl-free EcoGuard satin. All available in various finishes, textures.
LG Hausys America
3.5-mil Vizuon Cast LP80990 high-gloss clear PVC film.
Lumina Coatings International
Line of liquid laminates include AquaJetcoat II, AquaCryl, AquaFlex, and AquaResist 1K Anti-Graffiti.
Permacolor pressure-sensitive, optically clear overlaminates (in three finishes); Permacolor rigid and intermediate overlaminates; and Permacolor thermal overlaminates (Thermacolor). Recent additions to the Permacolor lines include ColorGard for image enhancement and adhesion, and PrintCover for short-term graphics.
Pro Series pressure-sensitive, polycarbonate, dry-erase, and display laminating films.
PS Series PVC and polycarbonate UV, pressure-sensitive laminates; DI Series thermal laminates; also ProTect lamination spray.
NeoFilm cold and Neo-Ultralam low-melt laminates.
Neschen UltraCoat and AccuLac water-based coatings and AccuCure UV-based liquid laminates. Also, Filmolux pressure-sensitive laminates available in various finishes and textures. Via its Seal brand, the company offers heat-set (Print Guard, Floor Guard), heat-activated (Jet Guard, ThermaShield), and pressure-sensitive (Print Shield, Floor Guard) laminating films, available in various finishes and textures; also Seal heat-activated Pouch Boards and laminating pouches in gloss or matte finish.
Océ North America
TSLA10 (10 mil) and TSLA65 (6.5 mil) pressure-sensitive laminate films with a clear, matte-textured surface.
Optima Millennium XE/Giclée Elixir, Medallion XE, Maxim XE, Marquee XE, and Aqua Max II liquid laminates.
Oraguard 200 Series laminates include PVC, Anti-Graffiti, Skid-Resistant, Premium Cast, Optically Clear Cast, and Ultra Flexible Cast films. Finishes include: gloss, semi-gloss, matte, high-gloss, textured.
Pacific Studio Supplies
Image Shield Solutions laminate films in a variety of textures, finishes, and thicknesses.
ProGuard UV plasticized PVC laminates (gloss, satin, luster, matte); Sentinel Low-Temp laminates (gloss, satin, matte); Low-Temp Display luster, Dry Erase gloss, and Hard Coat luster.
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.
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.
& Laminating Solutions
Instashield and Exhibitshield pressure-sensitive laminating films; Hard Guard and Digi Guard thermal laminating films; and Duraguard heat-set laminating films.
Instashield pressure-sensitive films, Hardguard thermal laminates, Duraguard heat-set films, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.