Laminating Pouch Film Buying Guide


Laminating pouch films are pre-cut sealable plastic sheets used as consumables in the pouch laminating process.  Pouch film comes in many different shapes and sizes and selecting the right pouch film will depend on your application and preference.  Couple of features to consider when purchasing pouch film are:

Mil Thickness
Heat Sealed or Pressure Sensitive (also known as cold laminating)
Sizes

Mil Thickness

Laminating pouch film thickness is measured in thousands of an inch, referred to as mil.  The higher the mil, the thicker and more rigid the laminating will turn out.  Pouch films generally come in 1.5 mil, 3 mil, 4 mil, 5 mil, 7 mil, and 10 mil.  Thicker laminating pouch films, such as 7 mil and 10 mil,  will often be very stiff and sturdy.  5 mil and under pouch films will be more flexible and thin. Selecting a pouch film thickness depends on the preference of the user for a particular laminating project.  If you want a thick, sturdy, and non-flexible lamination, then go for higher end mil thicknesses.  If you want thin, flexible lamination, then go for lower mil thicknesses.

Heat Sealed or Pressures Sensitive (Cold Pouch Film)

Laminating pouch film come in two types of temperature application settings, heat sealed wich requires the glue in the pouch film to be heated in order to be sealed, and pressure sensitive which requires no heat.  Heat sealed or thermal pouch films are the most common laminating pouch films.  Thermal pouch films require the use of a pouch laminator. Pressure sensitive pouch film, also known as cold pouch film or self sealing pouch film, do not require a pouch laminator in order to seal a document.  Cold pouch films are self-adhesive and will stick to a document on its own.  However, it is a good idea to run cold pouch film through a pouch laminators (on cold setting) because it will help to roll out any wrinkles or bubbles.

Sizes

Laminating pouch film come in many different shapes and sizes.  Pouch film product descriptions will most often have dimension measurements and the document application size it is suited for.  Letter size or copy paper size, 8" by 11", pouch films are generally the most popular pouch film. Pouch films also come in menu size, legal size, photo sizes, ID sizes, and wallet size document sizes.  Selecting the appropriate pouch filmsize for your laminating needs will ensure that your document will be completely sealed and protected.  Choosing an oversized laminating pouch film will mean you will have to trim off any excess pouch film.

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