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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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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 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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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 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 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 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 November 8, 2016
Love my laminater. I had to post a sign on my front door to keep solicitors away. I laminated it with these pouches and it has lasted through wind, rain, heat and cold weather. It still looks brand new.
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on April 30, 2018
I usually buy this at the local Fred Meyer (Kroger ) store. The 3 mil, not 5 is 7.99 and it only has 25 in a pack. This is a much better buy and better quality, being thicker. Same exact brand.
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