Lamination is the process of applying a thin layer of plastic to paper or card sheets to enhance and protect the printed matter. Common types of laminate are gloss, matt and silk. Lamination is often used for packaging, book covers, brochures, business cards and other printed items.
Thermal lamination is a laminate where the film is supplied with a glue already applied, then the laminate is heated, thus activating the glue element and the laminate is applied to the paper. Cold lamination, also known as wet lamination is a process where wet glue is applied to laminate and then laminated to the paper, the glue is heated in the laminator so the term cold isn’t strictly true.