Can anyone point me towards any definitive research on the effects of cold lamination on print longevity?
i sell signage printed on a epson 7800 and 9600 printers. all items are laminated
life of a print un laminated printed on coated vinyl mounted on plastic and attached to a buildings exterior
un laminated 6 to 9 months
laminated 2 to 4 years
both facing southwest in florida sun
indoors no lamination is needed. as long as direct sun light is not hitting it
i have several in door posters that look almost new that are over 4 years old
that are un laminated.
avoid the stuff they sell to laminate its more expensive then clear material thats not promoted as a laminate. best stuff or stuff i use is oracal clear vinyl 2 types 651 clear extruded and 751 series cast . both have excelent uv properties.
if u use dye inks will need a laminator. pigment inks u can use soap and water to apply except for matt black or any colors that have matt black in them. matt black is not water proof. be it pigment or dye inks.