12" x 18" Magnetic Gloss Laminating Pouches (Box of 10)
• Magnetic Backing
• For 12" x 18" Inserts
• 15 Mil Thick (Magnet and Pouch)
• 10 Pouches / Box
|Manufacturer Part Number||G12X18|
|Size||12" x 18"|
|Compatible Equipment||Thermal Pouch Laminating Machines|
Must be 10mil capable and have adjustable speed & heat settings
(Recommendation: 4+ heated roller system)
|Product Type||Magnetic Laminating Pouches|
|Pouch Size||12" x 18" (with added slight border on pre-sealed short edge)|
|Insert Sheet Size||12" x 18"|
|Laminate Thickness||12 Mil Magnet + 3 Mil Laminate|
|Temperature Range||230° - 250° F (110° - 120° C)|
|Adhesive Type||Heat Activated|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||10|
Magnetic laminating pouches are a unique new product that allow you to create custom printed magnets at home or the office, on-demand. All you need is a quality thermal pouch laminating machine that can handle 10mil pouches and has adjustable heat and speed settings (for best results, your laminator should also have a minimum of 4 rollers), your printed designs, and these unique magnet pouches.
MagnetPouches are extremely simple to use-- just like a regular laminating pouch; first, just print your design and place it between the magnet and laminate sheet. Then just run it through your pouch laminating machine, with the pre-sealed edge first. On the other side you will have a quality custom magnet.
These large 12" x 18" magnetic lamination pouch sheets are perfect for take-out menus, documents, calendars, contact sheets, signs, and so much more. They feature a small border on the pre-sealed side, but are otherwise meant to be flush with your sheet. The glossy laminate finish is great for vibrant photographs, as the gloss helps to enhance the contrast and colors beneath it. DIY magnets are 12 mil thick, with a 3 mil laminate sheet that is pre-sealed to one edge of the magnet. The adhesive on the laminate is a low-melt PET film that activates at about 230° - 250° F (110° - 120° C).
How to Use Magnetic Laminating Pouches:
- Turn on your laminator and allow it to warm up. Depending on your paper stock, different heat or speed settings may be required, however, a good starting point is normally between 230° F and 250° F (110°-120° C) with a slow to medium speed. Because there are so many different laminators in the marketplace, you may need to test several different settings to determine what offers the best results for you. It is recommended that you have extra MagnetPouches to allow for testing and any laminator adjustments that may be required to achieve the desired results.
- While your laminator is warming up, print your design using any printer, and any paper stock thinner than 14pt (see professional tips below for information on paper stock).
- Place your printed sheet between the magnet and laminate sheet, centering as desired. One of the edges of the laminate will be pre-sealed onto the magnet.
- Once warmed to the proper temperature, run your MagnetPouch through the laminator, with the pre-sealed edge first. If your laminator requires a carrier sheet, then first place it into the carrier before laminating.
- When the magnet exits your laminator, remove it from the carrier (if used) and place the magnet on a flat surface for cooling. If bent while cooling, this bend may be permanent.
- For the best results, use a pouch laminator with a minimum of 6 rollers that is designed to handle photographs, and with adjustable heat and speed settings. It needs to be able to handle at least 10 mil thick pouches, as well as have adjustable heat and speed settings. While less expensive laminators might work, they could require several passes to seal properly, and the finish might not be perfectly smooth. The Sprinter-Lam 335R6 has been rigorously tested, and works well with this specialty application.
- For outdoor applications that are exposed to weather, it's best to print your image using synthetic sheets, as most synthetic base sheets (PET) tend to act as an insulator and conduct heat at a slower pace. You may need to adjust your laminator settings when using this method, or send the sheet through the laminator more than once. This includes magnets for vehicle signage.
- For short term and indoor use, any standard paper sheet is acceptable.
- Card stock over 14pt thick is not recommended, and may not seal properly. Anything thicker than standard copy paper may require multiple passes to seal properly.
- Multiple pieces of paper/photographs can be inserted into a larger size Magnet Pouch to make a collage, however, small wrinkles may occur. It is best to print your collage onto one sheet instead.
- Depending on your laminator, you may need to run the magnet pouch through the machine twice for proper application.
Popular Applications & Laminate Options:
- Emergency Procedures
- Mail-Out Advertising
- Quotes & Crafts
Magnet Pouch Trouble Shooting:
- Wrinkles in Laminate: This means your laminator is running too slow. As recommended above, a pouch laminator with adjustable heat andspeed settings is highly recommended. If you cannot adjust the heat or speed of your machine, then this problem cannot be resolved. If you can, then try speeding up the laminator and running another test magnet until you achieve the desired finish. If you do not have adjustable speed, but you do have adjustable heat, then you can try decreasing the heat setting and running another test magnet.
- Not Sealing: If the laminate is not sealing completely, then the laminator is running too slow or too cool. Slow down the speed, or increase the heat of your laminator and try again. Sometimes running the pouch through multiple times will achieve the desired results.
* Your pouch laminating machine must be able to handle a least 10 mil pouched to handle the thickness of magnet pouches. The heat and/or speed should also be adjustable. For the best results, it is recommended that your laminator have a heated roller system with a minimum of 4 rollers.
Expert Product Review: MagnetPouch by Mallory Morsa
Hi everyone! My name is Mallory Morsa, and I am the product expert at Binding101. I have been a part of the Binding101 team since 2008, where I started out in service and sales, learning our customers' needs and how to offer truly exceptional service. After a of couple years, I moved into a role of product management that required in-depth product research, as well as training of our staff. And in my honest expert reviews, I am proud to share that extensive knowledge with you. Take a look at the product review below, which will highlight both the pros and the cons, as well as identify the ideal customer. If you have any questions or need more information, please call our customer care team at (866)537-2244. Thank you for stopping by, and please check out our Binding101 social media channels by clicking the icons above.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
MagnetPouches are awesome! Because we sell them in small quantity packs, and because they are such a unique and versatile product, we have customers that include individuals who want to use them for photo gifts, small businesses, such as real estate agents, large businesses including dental and medical offices, financial institutions such as banks and insurance agencies, government organizations including public services, and so much more.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MAGNET POUCHES:
① For one, they are DIY capable! This means you can make one individual magnet for an individual design, if necessary. So you don’t have to hassle with promotional website minimum order requirements, or the high prices associated with the sites that offer no minimums. You can just print as many of each design as you need, and make your own magnets without limitations or restrictions.
② They are inexpensive…as low as just $0.59 each, which means you can create a promotional item for clients that they will likely keep for years to come (they are certainly more likely to keep them over a paper mailers). You may be able to find cheaper magnets per piece from a print service, however, then that potential minimum order requirement that I mentioned above may come into play, so you might be required to buy 500+ magnets in a single design to get the low price.
③ There are a variety of options to choose from. We sell sizes from as small as 2” x 3 ½” (for business cards), up to as large as 12” x 18”. This assortment of sizes means you can find exactly what you need for your specific application, without having to use different sources; you can buy them all in one place. In addition to those sizes, most options also come in your choice of either a gloss laminate or a matte laminate; so you can either make your print pop with the gloss, or make it soft and professional with the matte.
④ They are easy (and fast) to use! Creating something custom in-house always sounds complicated on the surface…like it will take special skills or a lot of time…it can be scary to take on. But that is not the case with these magnetic pouches! Literally you just have to print your paper, put it in the Magnet Pouch, and then put that into your laminator. Making magnets is so simple! They can be made as fast as you can design, and as fast as your laminator can handle. I was using the SprinterLam when I was testing samples, so made them in just a couple minutes each.
⑤ They are fun!Simple as that! When I was playing with the pouches before writing this review, I used them on photos, our company business cards, and even made my own photo collage for the larger magnets. I am not sure how to express the excitement of making your own fun projects with magnetic pouches…but any crafter will understand the rush and happiness!
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
One thing to think about before you buy is the pouch laminating machine that you currently have, or that you plan to purchase. You should only use a high-quality laminator that is capable of handling photos, which means it will have a minimum of six rollers, and have adjustable heat and speed settings. These laminators can be a bit of a pricey investment upfront (usually no less than $300), however, will ensure quality pouches for years to come. A cheaper laminator might work as well, however, the quality of the finish cannot be guaranteed, and the laminator may require several passes to get the proper seal. Potentially, the laminator may also be damaged by the thickness of the magnets (15 mil with the magnet and pouch included, plus more if using a carrier), so it is important that you use a machine that can handle this capacity. Without the adjustable settings for heat and speed, your machine might not be able to handle the MagnetPouches, or they might just need multiple pass-throughs. It is hard to say which laminators will work and which won’t, since there are so many hundreds (thousands?) of laminators on the market, it is just impossible to test them all. But a good rule of thumb is to be sure it has those adjustable settings, has at least six rollers, and can handle the magnet pouch thickness.
You also want to be sure to use thinner paper stock for your prints. This is not a negative in any way, because the magnet and pouch itself are nice and thick, so a basic 20 lb. paper stock between them will not look cheap. We have used up to a 14pt paper in them, but I personally didn’t see the purpose of using anything other than basic paper. So just be sure you have the paper you want on-hand.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Aside from the couple of considerations to think about before you buy, the MagnetPouch magnetic laminating pouches are simply amazing. I loved being “forced” to test them for work (teehee). They are inexpensive, easy to use, can be DIY’d quickly, and make great looking finished magnets.
Magnetic laminating pouches feature a very slight border, most notably on the pre-sealed edge, measuring approximately 1/16". Though most customers choose not to, depending on your application, you may choose to trim the outer edges after laminating.
The magnet itself is about 12 mils thick, and the laminate sheet attachment is another 3 mil thick. In total, MagnetPouches are 15 Mil thick + your inserted document.