The whole idea behind laminating paper is to protect it from damage either from water, stress or other factors. This is normally achieved by covering the paper with a tough, waterproof plastic material. If you have some posters you’d like to keep in good condition for a long time, lamination would definitely be a great step.
But how do you go about it?
Well, that’s what this post is about. Read on to find out how to laminate posters at home and discover how much it costs.
Different Ways of Laminating A Poster
There are two main ways of laminating a poster:
- 1Using self-adhesive sheets
- 2Using a laminating machine/laminator
Using a Laminator
Using Self-Adhesive Sheets
You can get self-adhesive sheets from a stationery store. Try to get the ones that have a grid at the back, as the grid guides you and helps you position the poster accurately. But if you feel confident that you can place the poster properly without a grid, you can get self-adhesive sheets that don’t have a grid.
Follow these steps to laminate the poster:
How Much Does It Cost?
Let’s break down the cost of laminating your posters:
Using a laminating machine
A good laminating machine can cost you as little as 20 bucks, and a packet of laminating pouches containing 50 pouches will cost you around the same amount. So, that is 40 bucks for the first time, and virtually nothing from there on because you’ll already have a machine and you’ll still have some pouches from the first packet.
Using self-adhesive sheets
If you decide to use self-adhesive sheets, you will pay around 20 dollars for a packet of 25 sheets, meaning you will use around one dollar per poster.
Note, we’re basing these estimations on Amazon prices.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What’s a laminated poster?
A laminated poster is just a poster that is encased between two plastic sheets. Lamination is done with the purpose of protecting the poster from fading, tearing or other damage that comes from water and other factors.
Can lamination be undone?
No. once you have laminated your poster, the process is not reversible without damaging the poster, so it’s good to carefully evaluate the need for lamination before going ahead with it.
Can I iron a laminating pouch?
Yes. If you don’t have a laminating machine, you can use an iron instead. It will be tricky to achieve the quality of work that’s done by a laminating machine though. Just set the iron to medium heat level and apply medium pressure with your hand while ironing the pouch. Don’t forget to place a cloth over the pouch to avoid burning it.
Laminating your posters is that easy, and honestly, it’s a little fun too if you love DIY projects. What methods did we discuss?
That’s right – you can either use a laminating machine or use self-adhesive sheets. And as mentioned before, it’s always a good idea to leave a larger border at the top where you’re going to attach the poster’s hanger.