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A friend brought me a large map. 4'X6' Its laminated. Any ideas how to mount it/ No glass, he wants to put pins in where he went and where he wants to visit. Dry press is out I figure because of the heat and the plastic coating.
 

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Find somebody with a roller press, maybe a sign company, and have it mounted to thick GatorFoam.
Maps with pins were traditionally mounted to cork, so the pins could be moved around as needed. You might want to encourage them to use the little adhesive backed colored dots instead of map tacks.
 

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Some laminating is cold, some is hot (our 27" heat roll lamintor operates at ~125°C / 253°F)
I've dry-mounted retail laminated maps in the past, using our mechanical heat press with Mountcor at 140° with no problem.
And do the same with various items we laminate in the shop.

If you don't know what kind of laminating your map has, then be cautious using heat.
I don't know what may happen to cold lamination film if heated.

Wally's suggestion of asking a sign shop is good. This sounds more like making a display sign than artwork mounting.:shrug:
 

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The issue with mounting laminated pieces is the unknown amount of moisture in the paper. The heat from a press of any kind can cause any residual humidity to expand and cause a bubble in the laminate. Cold roller mounting is a safer bet.
I suggest gator board because it will stay flatter over time. You are effectively sealing off one side of the mount board, so any changes in the environment are going to have a greater effect on the back of the mount, potentially causing cupping and/or bowing. Adding a laminate sheet to the back of the mount would negate this effect.
 
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The issue with mounting laminated pieces is the unknown amount of moisture in the paper. The heat from a press of any kind can cause any residual humidity to expand and cause a bubble in the laminate. Cold roller mounting is a safer bet.
I suggest gator board because it will stay flatter over time. You are effectively sealing off one side of the mount board, so any changes in the environment are going to have a greater effect on the back of the mount, potentially causing cupping and/or bowing. Adding a laminate sheet to the back of the mount would negate this effect.
Most of the larger maps that I've seen are laminated on both sides. Adhesion to the laminate is difficult, the cold roller mount for external use would be my favored choice.
Light sanding would also help with the adhesion.
 
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Mount on 1/2 foamcore with cold press adhesive - Drytac multitac, on a roller press. Do not use heat. 48" wide, means you will have to find someone with a 60 inch roller press.
I have mounted many laminted docs, photos maps this way and it works great. Mount on larger board, then trim manually to the edge of the map.
 
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