About Laminates

Why Laminate?

We all know that UV rays cause ageing and damage to surfaces, and vinyls are no exception. Laminating your digitally printed graphics will prolong the life of your print two-fold or more in some cases. HEXIS laminates will protect against general surface wear and tear. They also contain UV absorbers which will detract the damaging rays from the inks and the vinyl beneath, thus helping to maintain the intensity of the colours, the digital vinyl and overall look of the graphic.

Don’t Mix and Match!

The HEXIS Research & Development team have gone to great lengths to create products to suit your needs. Millions of dollars are invested each year to research, produce and test the products ensuring they work together, stand the test of time and do what they say they do. Different brands contain different ingredients and are made to different manufacturing methods and standards. This is why we strongly recommend to always use the same brand vinyl and laminate.

Which Laminate?

As a rule of thumb, always laminate with the same or superior GRADE of vinyl. Using an inferior laminate over your printed media will cause the complex to lift or buckle.

Cast vinyl > Cast laminate

Polymeric vinyl > Polymeric or Cast laminate

Monomeric vinyl > Monomeric or Polymeric laminate

Using a superior laminate to the printed vinyl will further prolong the life of the complex.
Our pricelist will clearly indicate which laminates are suited to each product.

Outgassing

Always allow at least 24 to 48 hours for prints to outgas before laminating. Make sure prints are able to hang vertically and freely in a well ventilated area to ensure that the solvents from the inks can drop. Skipping this essential step may cause the laminate to peel or for bubbles to appear under the laminate. If bubbles appear under the printed media once applied, it is the substrate that has not fully outgassed. Please refer to the HEXIS application guides for full instructions on outgassing tests and techniques.

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