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I want to print two photographs, then glue them back to back, and laminate the result. what glue should I use? Is 3M Spray Mount spray suitable?

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3M Spray Mount will do the job, but nothing that involves laminating or gluing (or anything else that isn't reversible without damaging the work) belongs in any discussion of archival materials or methods. –  user2719 Apr 22 '13 at 20:29
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@StanRogers, to be fair, I added the archival tag because I figured the topic would come up in the answers. Maybe Harry can let us know what degree of longevity is required for his application. –  coneslayer Apr 22 '13 at 21:38
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I have done some tests. I made some business card sized images and printed them on Xerox paper, matt coated one side, 95 gm/square metre. To form a two sided image I printed, using an ink-jet printer. The front and back were adjacent so that I could fold the result. I used Staples (the office supplier) glossy 125 micron (each side, 250 micron total) thick pouches and a domestic laminator.

Four tests:

  1. No glue and left a margin of transparent laminate around the paper. This was ok, but I didn't want the margin if I could avoid it.

  2. No glue and cut off the laminate at the edge of the paper. I thought it possible that the laminate glue might penetrate the paper and glue it together. No such luck, it remained as a folded sheet.

  3. I glued the folded paper together with 3M Photo Mount spray and laminated the result. However vapour from the glue made the laminated result bubble up, although it shrank back to a flat card after a while. Trimming the margins off left me with a viable result with the images going to the edges of the card.

  4. Did the same as (3) but I left the glued paper in a warm place (an airing cupboard) overnight. There was no bubbling and the final result was what I wanted.

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Very informative answer about what you tried and what did and didn't work. I just applied some editing to make it a little easier to read –  AJ Henderson Apr 28 '13 at 18:39
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I frequently use 3M Spray mount or similar for mounting photos. There is also a photo specific version that is slightly more friendly to the dies and such in theory.

If you are laminating the result, really even something that is minimally tacky should work and might give a smoother result since it would be a thinner coat and only needs to hold it in place until the lamination.

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Thanks for those answers@Stan Rogers and @AJ Henderson, very helpful. I was mostly afraid that the glue might do something nasty in the heat. I realised after I had asked, that I can find out by experiment, and I will report my findings here as a comment, if that is appropriate. –  Harry Weston Apr 22 '13 at 22:00
    
@HarryWeston - it's actually perfectly appropriate (and encouraged) to report back your findings as an answer as well. –  AJ Henderson Apr 22 '13 at 22:04
    
I have done some tests (delayed by urgent DIY). I made some business card sized images, and printed them on Xerox paper, matt coated one side, 95 gm/square metre. to forma a two sided image I printed the front and back adjacent so that I could fold the result. I used Staples (the office supplier) glossy 125 micron (each side, 250 micron total) thick and a domestic laminater. Four tests: (1) no glue and left a margin round the paper and of course this was ok. (2) no glue and cut off the laminate at the edge of the paper. I thought it possible that the laminate glue –  Harry Weston Apr 28 '13 at 15:37
    
Thanks @AJ Henderson. I started off that comment but it got too long (should have RTFM, you said "answer"). I posted it so that, being lazy, I could copy and paste it as an answer, and then could not delete it, sorry, happy to have these last two comments removed. –  Harry Weston Apr 28 '13 at 16:00
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