Over-laminating Film – A clear film with an adhesive that is applied to the top or front side of an image. The purpose of which is to improve, and or alter the images appearance, or functionality for a specific application.
Mounting Adhesive – An adhesive material (film) that is used to bond a printed image to a substrate or surface. Adhesives can be applied to the face or backside of the print.
Backing Film – Specifically designed to apply to the backside of a printed image. They are usually colored to obtain some level of opacity and thicker than over-laminating films so as to prevent curl set when rolled up for extended periods of time.
Heat-activated – An adhesive or film that requires heat to be used in the production process. A single heat or dual heated laminator is required for these types of materials.
Heat-set – An adhesive or film that is constructed similarly to pressure sensitive but requires some heat to be used. Generally these films activate at lower temperatures than heat-activated materials and require a single or dual heated laminator.
Pressure-sensitive – An adhesive or film that requires no heat but simply pressure to be applied in the production process. A cold or heated laminator is required for these types of materials.