Is lamination required for framed posters?

Laminated posters are more sanitary than plain paper.

Air, light, temperature, and humidity all reduce printed color lifespan. Hermetically sealing prints protects color from some of these elements. Hence, laminated posters last longer. But not all lamination is the same. Thicker lamination might reduce peeling. But more expensive lamination with Ultraviolet UV light filters preserves colors. Despite the laborious manual process, our cumulative 4.7mm UV lamination for optimum protection with 15% more vivid colors.

Won’t the frame protect the poster? Airtight museum quality archival frames protect print from elements. Ideally, there should be a UV coating on the glass overlay. These type of frames each cost hundreds of dollars and must be assembled by a professional framer in a dust-free environment. Top-load DeuPair Pocket frames have an open edge to transpose contents without removing the frame from the wall so are not airtight. View hanging instructions. ▿  Front-load DeuPair Flip Frames don’t have an open edge but the hinges are not hermetically sealed. Either style offers an easy-to-hang, aesthetically pleasing way of storing and displaying posters. Since they are not impervious to moisture, air or fluorescent lighting, we recommend UV lamination.

When ordering a large quantity of 1000 or more anatomy posters, they are mechanically laminated from the manufacturer so do not include UV protection. Optional grommets should not be used if framed (and are bulkier to ship). This cumulative 3mm lamination still preserves colors and guards against surface abrasion on posters handled frequently. Laminated posters can be wiped clean.

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