Indeed, creating a fully-functional, protected canvas print takes way more effort than it looks. From crafting the stretcher frame to stretching the canvas, there are multiple production stages your photo reproduction must go through in order to reach the optimal quality. Lamination on canvas prints is just one of the many requisite modifications. With that said, it’s not always clear what exactly this process does to your photo. Does lamination affect the quality or endurance of your canvas print at all? The answer is a resounding yes!
Making Your Canvas Borderline Ageless
Now, before we get into this, note that photo canvas prints from My-Picture.co.uk are printed with special inks that already possess UV and light-resistant properties. You can also clean your canvas with a wet sponge and it won’t, in any way, affect the quality of your print. In short – while lamination is recommendable, canvas prints from My-Picture.co.uk are already protected from all the negative exterior effects and can be safely used without the protective film.
To put it simply, a regular canvas print without any lamination is completely defenceless against the negative effects of time and the environment. Take this into account – the average lifespan of photo canvas is roughly 56 years. If laminated, this expectancy will be increased by no less than one hundred years.
Think of your canvas print as a building project. And now, imagine leaving it half-finished just before the last protective layer gets applied. The moment the next storm comes, your house will receive critical damage. Not only that, it will also look only half as decent as it could have. Once the coating achieves a solid state, you effectively create a barrier that protects your print and enhances its visual prowess.
Above all, laminating canvas prints really isn’t hard or time-consuming. What it means in practice is spraying a liquid coating all over your canvas photo. A very similar laminating technique provides the appliance of a transparent protective film that really serves the same purpose as its liquid form alternative.
So, Can You Laminate a Picture Yourself?
Of course, you can, and frankly, there are numerous ways to do so. Apparently, the most popular method of laminating canvas by yourself is to do it with liquid coating. The utilities you’ll need in this case are:
- Simple foam brush
- Paint roller
- Roller tray
- Liquid laminate
Pour the liquid laminate into the tray and use your paint roller to apply it to the canvas. Make sure to not apply too much pressure – the strokes should be light and straight. Once the first layer is applied, wait 10-15 minutes to lay down the second layer, only this time, in the opposite direction. Two layers are essential for a completely protected canvas. The same two-layer pattern should also be followed if you’re working with a foam brush.
How Do You Laminate with Film?
Laminating canvas print with a film is somewhat even more simple than doing it with the liquid laminate. All you need to do is buy self-adhesive laminating sheets, sometimes known as dry mount adhesives and cold laminate, a product that’s accessible in almost every stationery and art supplies store.
Simply remove the back sheet to expose the adhesive part of the film and proceed to position it onto the canvas. Line up all the edges and apply pressure starting with the top part of the canvas. Secure the film to your canvas, and that’s really all it takes.
There are also numerous types of the so-called cold laminate, a coating solution that not only provides vibrant hues, highlights the sharpness of the print, and adds a delightful gloss, but also protects your print from UV-induced damage, colour fading, and other minuscule surface defects. Cold lamination (just as the name indicates) is not carried out with heat and vacuum lamination devices. Instead, a pressure roll is used to apply the film, creating a perfectly protected wall decal.
Why Is Canvas Lamination a Must?
The process of manufacturing your wall decor does not stop once the canvas print is carried out of the factory. At this stage, it is more like a finished product that has no immune system whatsoever towards exterior stimuli. Laminate, meanwhile, is usually equipped with UV inhibitors that prevent colour fading for decades to come. Lamination also helps to alleviate the maintenance of your canvas. Once the film is on, you can safely wipe clean any grease, dirt, moisture, and other types of particles. More often than not, lamination also provides scratch resistance, making your canvas literally preserved in time.
Photo canvas prints from My-Picture.co.uk are printed with special solvent-free HP latex inks that provide an incredible photo reproduction quality. With that said, they’re also equipped with UV-resistant properties that assure an incredible longevity. To have this beauty lasting for decades, make sure to use any of the lamination methods listed above!