Lamination is a great option to extend the life of your boards, but each has some unique pros & cons, which we’ll outline here.
The Glare, Compared
The biggest difference between no lam, gloss and matt lamination is what it does for glare. As you’ll note on the image aside,
- matt reduces the glare of sunlight almost completely, while “flattening” the overall colour.
- gloss amplifies glass, but punches up the overall saturation of colour.
- no lam. Our machine produces a natural sheen to the print, and alongside the gloss nature of the vinyl produces a compromise between a high gloss and matt finish, but the print is more prone to scratching and scuffing.
Our HP Latex printer and inks produce a beautiful semi-gloss sheen finish on prints, giving a balance between saturated colours and reduced glare. We recommend this method for most applications, but note that care should be taken to not scratch or scuff the printed graphic. (it’s tough, but sharp stones etc between boards can overcome the natural resin ink capsulation)
We love the premium finish matt lamination gives to prints. Matt is also a great option for indoor display applications,. While this finish removes all but the most extremes of glare, it should be noted that matt lamination is not suitable for large dark areas (eg: dark blues, green, black etc), as matt film and the underlaying dark colour holds more heat, and will reduce the usefulness of the lamination.
Our gloss protective laminate is the way to go for most outdoor applications where protecting the board’s graphic is a primary concern. While we thought it best to show the most extreme case here to highlight the glare it can produce, we also add that this is, for most instances, not a big problem as viewers move past the board.