Laiminating - Hi Key Photographs

S Patterson

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If I have the spelling wrong - photos that are predominantly white, ie people dressed in white, white background, white furniture. Basically any imperfections at all show and are not acceptable to photographers. I have been trying to laminate using heatseal products in a vacuum press. I use a tack cloth (waxy type cloth which picks up dust) consistantly during the process - I gain very good results but I need perfection. My question is what do the guru's use as a work surface, and the procedure they use to laminate from start to finish - step by absolute step. If I get this right it could be some very good dollars to my business.
 

Warren Tucker

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I can't give you a step by step but i can suggest the first step: you're going to need a very flat and smooth and hard base to mount the pictures to, say acrylic or tempered board. Mount board, foam core will probably never work. Warren
 

JFeig

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Have you considered hinging the photo?

I know - I know...........they want it perfectly flat as well.

Well how about pressure activated board such as Crescent's PerfectMount.
 

Jim Miller

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Why laminate a perfectly good photo's surface? Are you not using glass? If not, change your mind -- unglazed photos,even when laminated, still accumulate grit & damages that can't be repaired. If perfection is the issue, then glazing is the only good answer, along with a non-invasive, removable mount.

The static mount suggested by dns works only with plastic-substrate photos; Ilfochrome/Cibachrome type.
 
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