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on May 16, 2015
I use a Scotch brand laminator with these Scotch laminating sheets. Works perfectly. I have used both the 3 mil and the 5 mil thicknesses. While you wouldn't think there's much of a difference between the 2 thicknesses, there is! The 5 mil thickness gives a significantly more durable result. It feels a lot stiffer than the 3 mil. I like having both thickness on hand so that I can choose between them for each application.
Due to the additional thickness of the 5 mil laminating sheets, I ended up running them through the laminater TWICE for best results. The package directions suggest doing this!
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on October 20, 2014
The Scotch Thermal laminating pouches , when used with the Scotch ( 3M company) thermal laminator, do a fine job of encapsulating photos and documents to preserve them and protect them . The 5 mil thick pouches make for a stiffer encapsulation than do the regular 3 mil pouches . However, the 3 mil pouches are fine for most uses. I noticed that the package for the thicker 5 mil product states that it's 5 mil, but the package for the thinner 3 mil does not state the thickness. One limitation of these laminating pouches is that the final result is not entirely flat, but always has some slight curvature or wavy appearance . For something like a scrapbook or photo album where numerous pages are next to each other, these laminations may not be flat enough. I use the non-thermal laminating sheets , which have a room temperature adhesive inside , for applications where flatness is required.
The thermal laminating pouches are fine if you're going to hold down the sheet with thumbtacks or magnets, or a small amount of curl is acceptable.
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on August 19, 2017
These things are fantastic! I am a teacher and it is so handy to have the 5 mil available for my TPT's! Our school's laminator is a very thin guage (for which I am thankful) but sometimes you just want a heavier - not quite so bendy finish. I will say do not cut close to the edge because the laminate will come apart. Cut with some space around your paper. And - it's a stinker to cut because it is heavy. But the heavy is what makes it so durable! I totally recommend this product!
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on October 5, 2016
Only used about 15 pouches so far, but they are working great. No issues with adhesion or sealing. 5mil adds a nice stiff thickness to standard weight paper. I prefer to use 5 mil for 'cheat sheets' or stationary posters. 3 mil for handouts or guides. My laminator is an Apache AL13P, which appears to have disappeared from amazon. I set it to around 180F and run it though twice. Up then down, although once seems to do the trick.
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Top Contributor: Yogaon March 24, 2018
I always have good results with Scotch brand laminating pouches. I'm a teacher, and I use them to laminate game cards to use in the classroom. I like the 5 mil sheets because they provide an extra thick covering so that the pieces are more durable. I am able to laminate sheets of cards and cut them apart after laminating without any trouble. I rarely have any issues with the sheets not adhering to what I am laminating. If this does ever happen, I simply run the piece through the laminator again to reseal it. I am able to laminate things printed on both paper and cardstock without any trouble. These are my favorite brand of laminating pouches.
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on June 30, 2017
These give you a nice thick lamination. I use them with cardstock for covers of notebooks that I put together with my proclick binder. I can't believe they are so inexpensive. I wish I would have bought the machine and pouches much sooner.
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on March 28, 2016
I really like the quality of the Scotch laminating pouches. There was none of the fidgeting to get the sheet aligned. It dropped into the pouch exactly where I wanted it and stayed put through the sealing process. There were no bubbles or blemishes.
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on December 11, 2016
These are 5mm pouches that work great in a Scotch brand thermal laminator. I have laminated dozens of pages flawlessly without an bobbles or creases. Just be sure to insert the sealed end first and support the pouch until it's half way through the machine.
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on February 27, 2018
I laminate so many things. Sometimes I use a label maker on them too. So organized. Wow. 3M does a great job here. The lamination is a little thicker but my old school Purple Cow laminator isn't slowed down. So many memories saved.
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on June 29, 2018
Check your packaging... What I received was TP3854 which is 3 mil thick -- not 5 mil as advertised. TP5854 is the 5 mil version. I hope this was an honest mistake... It's being returned, that's for sure.

Update -- Just received the replacement -- same problem. TP5854 is the 5 mil version and is what the specs say we should be getting when we order this. I received (AGAIN!) TP3854 which is the 3 mil thick version.
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