Paper is the basis of printed documents. Yet, paper can deteriorate over time, when exposed to the elements. When paper gets wet, printed documents will most likely be ruined, especially in the case of ink jet paper, because the ink will smear and run once wet. One way to prevent this from happening is to take the time to waterproof ink jet paper, so that it will last longer. Three ways exist for you to waterproof ink jet paper: waterproofing sealer, the use of sheet protectors and lamination.
Lay your ink jet paper on a piece of newspaper. The newspaper simply protects your work surface from becoming damaged by the waterproofing sealer.
Dip your sponge or paintbrush into the waterproofing sealer can. Gently paint the ink jet paper with the waterproofing sealer.
Allow the ink jet paper to dry completely before touching it.
Slip the ink jet paper into a sheet protector. You can purchase these at most department stores, and you can choose from ones that feature holes for 3-ring binders or ones that come without holes.
Locate the open end of the sheet protector: The open end does not contain a seam that binds the two plastic sides together.
Fit the end of the ink jet paper into the protector, and push it into the protector.
Slip the ink jet paper into a laminate paper envelope. Turn on the laminate machine.
Insert the laminate paper into the laminate machine. Guide the paper through the machine so that it doesn't get sucked through the machine at an angle, but rather straight and even.
Allow the laminate to cool down before cutting any excess laminate with a pair of scissors.
If you use waterproofing sealer, do so in a well-ventilated area, as breathing in the fumes from the sealer can be toxic.
Tips and warnings
- If you use waterproofing sealer, do so in a well-ventilated area, as breathing in the fumes from the sealer can be toxic.