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Old Dec 9, 2003, 2:13 PM   #1
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Default Effect of lamination on image lifetime

I notice that rather cheap A4 laminating kits are available, and several folk have mentioned laminating their prints. Does anyone know what effect lamination will have on inkjet print lifetime? - longer maybe, due to UV absorption, or maybe shorter due to migration of plasticisers from the plastic (PVC?).

Has anyone seen any information on this?
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Lamination (both thermal and pressure sensitive) will eventually degrade an image over time. Lamination forms a bond with the ink/paper, and over time, the chemicals in the adhesive can break down and cause a "silvering" effect, which means your image can become clouded or faded. Some laminates will "eat" inks over time, so they are not archivable. Lamination is a great way to protect images from fingerprints or moisture, etc, but for long term, you don't want to laminate.
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Lamination (both thermal and pressure sensitive) will eventually degrade an image over time. Lamination forms a bond with the ink/paper, and over time, the chemicals in the adhesive can break down and cause a "silvering" effect, which means your image can become clouded or faded. Some laminates will "eat" inks over time, so they are not archivable. Lamination is a great way to protect images from fingerprints or moisture, etc, but for long term, you don't want to laminate.
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