LexJet expands line of print protection products with 20 new ClearShield thermal laminates

LexJet ClearShield Laminate menu application.
Menu application using LexJet’s ClearShield Thermal Laminate.

LexJet’s ClearShield Thermal Laminates now include 20 new products with a variety of thicknesses and finishes, ranging from 3 mil to 15 mil with luster, matte, gloss, smooth, textured and opaque finishes. This laminates provide extra protection for a wide range of applications, from menus to tradeshow graphics. Many of the laminates replace previous products – and the new line has been re-engineered to provide higher quality and clearer finishes at a lower cost.  Two of the new products include ClearShield 3 Mil SoftFeel Low Melt and ClearShield 5 Mil SoftFeel Low Melt. Both provide an elegant, scuff-resistant finish to luxury packaging, fine art prints and menus.

Kara Work.
Kara Work.

“With our expanded line of print protection products, we’ve got our customers covered with the largest variety of thermal, liquid and pressure-sensitive products available on the market,” said LexJet Product Specialist Kara Work. “And the great news is that with ClearShield, we’re offering better low-melt products at lower prices – to the tune of a 30% to 50% cost reduction. With our new SoftFeel thermal laminates, we can also offer printers the option to produce customized, shorter runs with a zero-glare, non-textured, soft velvety feel that they could only get with high-volume graphic finishing in the past.”

LexJet’s thermal laminates provide high clarity, increased bond strength, superior resistance to abrasion, water, oil, acid and alkali, and are ideal for high-production runs on bond inkjet paper, microporous-coated inkjet paper, electrostatic and continuous-tone photographic prints. Thermal laminates work on any microporous coated paper/polyester and are also suitable for hybrid and microporous coatings. The new ClearShield products include:

  • 3 Mil Luster UV Standard Low Melt
  • 3 Mil Matte UV Standard Low Melt
  • 5 Mil Gloss UV Standard Low Melt
  • 5 Mil Luster UV Standard Low Melt
  • 10 Mil Gloss UV Standard Low Melt
  • 3 Mil Gloss UV Premium Low Melt
  • 5 Mil Gloss UV Premium Low Melt
  • 10 Mil Gloss UV Premium Low Melt
  • 5 Mil Textured Hard Coat Low Melt
  • 10 Mil Textured Hard Coat Low Melt
  • 5 Mil Smooth Hard Coat Low Melt
  • 10 Mil Smooth Hard Coat Low Melt
  • 1.7 Mil Gloss UV Standard Low Melt
  • 5 Mil White Backer Low Melt
  • 10 Mil White Backer Low Melt
  • 5 Mil Opaque Backer Low Melt
  • 10 Mil Opaque Backer Low Melt
  • 15 Mil Opaque Backer Low Melt
  • 3 Mil SoftFeel Low Melt
  • 5 Mil SoftFeel Low Melt

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.