If you have a roll laminator, there is a good chance that you can use it to mount objects to create stunning visual displays. To do this, you will need to use mounting boards. These boards look pretty much like cardboard and they can turn a dull presentation into an eye-catching one. This article will give you the information you need to use them successfully. Let's get started.
First, you will need to make sure that your roll laminator has rollers that can be gapped. This essentially means that the rollers can be slightly separated to accommodate thicker materials. You may have to gap the rollers yourself or you can use the machine's "mounting board" mode. Consult the machine's owner's manual to get device-specific instructions.
The most common way of using mounting boards involve using both adhesive and overlaminate. Put a roll of adhesive on your machine's bottom roller and the overlaminate on the top roller. Then, run your item through the laminator. When it comes out of the machine, the top of the document will be laminated and there will be adhesive on the bottom. You can then apply the item to a board, making sure that the application is as smooth as possible. (Otherwise you'll end up with wrinkles and bubbles.) If you choose this method, watch the machine's tension so your document doesn't curl.
Another way to use mounting boards with your laminator is to apply adhesive to the board itself. If you want to do this, install a roll of mounting adhesive on your machine's top roller. (You don't need to put anything on the bottom roller.) Go ahead and run the board through the machine and then apply your document or photograph to it. If you choose this method, you need to be careful not to get adhesive all over the place. The adhesive can be very messy and you might have a difficult time cleaning it up since it's so sticky.
Finally, you can use mounting boards that have already been pre-treated with adhesive. To use one of these boards, turn your machine on and select a temperature setting of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the machine has warmed up, peel the liner away from the board and carefully apply your item to it. Then run the board through the laminator to activate the adhesive. Be sure to turn off your laminator when you're done so it doesn't overheat.
Keep in mind that it does take some time to get used to working with mounting boards. If you want, you should practice a little bit with smaller boards and scrap paper so you can get the hang of the process before embarking on a big project. Also, it never hurts to read your laminator's instruction manual. It probably contains information about how to gap the rollers and it may even offer some tips on how to use mounting boards.
Mounting your documents and photographs is a terrific way to create great-looking visual displays. Try using mounting boards with your roll laminator today.