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Laminated or Encapsulated?
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding this so let’s set it clear for the record.

Encapsulation is where a thick, transparent film is applied to both the front, back and all four sides/edges of the document so that the whole sheet is protected This is achieved by trimming 5mm wider than the print so that the edges of the document are protected and hence the entire sheet is encapsulated. Once encapsulated the print is slightly larger than the original printed size. Encapsulation film may be Matt or Glossy. Non permanent markers can be used on the gloss film and wiped clean. Matt encapsulation is more expensive than the standard gloss finish but Matt may be used to create a different effect to the gloss film but is also recommended to reduce glare from any spotlights shining onto the print.

Lamination is where a protective film is adhered to one or both sides of the document which is then trimmed to size; the face of the document is protected and can be wiped clean. Laminating film is usually thinner that that used for encapsulation so it is not as durable as an encapsulated document. Documents are usually laminated for aesthetic reasons and we offer a range of Matt, Gloss and a new velvety feel “soft touch” material that has an attractive, prestigious and unique velvety feel – please see the Matt, gloss and Soft Touch Lamination page for further details. Laminated documents may be carefully wiped clean but they are not completely water proof nor oil resistant.

If you’re looking to make a print suitable for outdoor use you may also be interested in our outdoor banner range which can be found on the large-format section.

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