Silly question about laminating...

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  1. Teach'em

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    I bought a $1 mural from Dollar Tree (it's very thin plastic and can easily tear)...I was wondering if it could be laminated to help it hold up for years to come, or if the heat of the laminator would melt it? :unsure::confused:
     
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    I'm not sure, but you could take it to kinkos and ask.
     
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    I always like to make my papers more sturdy by gluing it onto a construction paper backing before laminating, but I'm not sure if you can glue plastic to paper?

    At any rate, if it's only $1, you might give it a try?
     
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    I thought about just trying it since it's not a big investment, but I can just picture a bundle of plastic melted in the machine with no way out. :eek: I really don't want to buy a laminator...:lol:
     
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    I've laminated something that already has lamination on it before without a problem. I don't think it would hurt the laminator any since there would plastic on either side of your mural so if it melted it would be sandwiched between the lamination.
     
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    I would turn the laminator setting to SLOW... as slow as possible, then try laminating it. That way as it is going through you can keep an eye on it and easily stop it before it causes much trouble if there is a problem.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, everyone! I think I'll take a chance and try it! Fingers crossed! :p
     
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    Well, you can't leave us hanging and not tell us if anything happened!
     
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    It may be too late, but you can also buy self-adhesive laminate. It might be hard to keep the plastic from bunching up, but you wouldn't have to use heat.
     
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    I would run it through fast, so it doesn't have time to melt!

    There are cold laminators too.
     
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    Lol your responses are funny! Well, I hung the mural on the wall the other day because we were having a party today. I put tape behind it to stick it to the wall. Today, when I was taking it down, the tape stretched out the platic :(. Oh well, it was only $1...guess I can just buy a new one each year. Maybe I'll try next year BEFORE I hang it up! :)
     

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