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Laminating Media for Wide-Format Graphics

(October 2004) posted on Wed Oct 06, 2004

Media range from hot to cold, to sprays, liquids, and films.

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You've purchased a laminator and advertised your new laminating service to customers. Now, of course, you need laminating media to
begin protecting your large-format graphics. Start with your laminator manufacturer"?the laminator OEM may sell laminating supplies.
This media should also be matched to the machine you've purchased.
But if you want another source or wish to try different types of laminating media, The Big Picture has compiled a sampling of film manufacturers
and third-party private-labeled wide-format laminating media suppliers. This list includes all types of wide-format laminates"?from liquids
and sprays to pouches and films (cold-laminating pressure-sensitive and heat-activated and low-temp thermal films).

Advanced Greig Laminators (AGL)

Features a wide range of thermal and pressure-
sensitive laminating films. Low-temp
films include matte, gloss, luster/satin,
hard coat, texturized, and economy;
translucent, white light-blocking, and black
opaque backing films are also offered.

Advantage Distribution

Offers Advan-Tac Economy Laminating
Films, which include LusterLam-UV, High
Gloss PolyLam, Velvet Polycarb, Clear Rigid
Vinyl backer, Clear Dry-Erase, and Crystal
Texturized laminates.

Advantage Sign Supply

Features Optima low-melt 3- and 5-mil
polyester laminating film and 1- to 5-mil
pressure-sensitive (gloss, satin, matte,
crystal, frosted) laminates.

All Graphics Supplies &
Signmaking Supplies

Sells rolls of thermal and pressure-sensitive
laminate media (up to 55 in. wide and
in gloss, luster, matte, and clear finishes),
as well as liquid and spray laminates.


Offers several overlaminate films, including
its latest: Series 3320 Ultra PVF, a 1-mil
semigloss Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride film.
Also features crystal, matte, and satin


Offers a variety of self-adhesive laminating
films, including PP, PVC, polyester antigraffiti,
and floor-graphics films, in a variety
of finishes.

Avery Dennison

Features a range of pressure-sensitive DOL
overlaminates with glossy, matte, or luster
finishes. In addition, it also offers Perforated
Window Film, Embossed Floor Graphics
overlaminates, and Gloss Teflon Graffiti-
Resistant Overlaminates.

CalComp Graphic Solutions

This company's Artisan laminates come as
pressure-sensitive and thermal laminates,
in gloss, satin, matte, or clear, and in thicknesses
from 1 to 15 mil.

ClearStar Coatings