At first sight, it seems that people cannot remove lamination from the paper. However, with some additional steps, you can do this. It is possible to remove lamination from paper, for example, by steaming or ironing it. This softens the film’s adhesion to the paper, so you can carefully take it away.

However, the lamination layer comes off entirely only in exceptional cases. It is more likely that most layers of a laminated sheet will break into large pieces. Then you can separate these pieces from the paper with some difficulty.

Is it easy to remove lamination? It depends on the thickness of the laminate and how much you have stuck it to the paper. In some cases, it’s impossible to do.

In what way can I remove lamination?

There are a few methods you can use to remove lamination from paper. Let’s consider some of them:

Use a heat iron

Turn your iron on its lowest setting. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of your ironing board, place your laminated object face down onto the parchment paper, and then place another piece of parchment paper over the top of it. Move your iron constantly forth and back until you can take away some of the laminations from the item.

Use a hair dryer or heat gun.

These household appliances work well too to heat up and remove the lamination. Just hold them several inches away from your laminated object, using an up-and-down motion. Do it until you manage to remove all layers.

Peel carefully (requires power tools)

You can use a scroll saw, band saw, or a blade designed for wood cutting, cut through the surface of the laminate, and peel it off. Just be careful not to damage your paper in the process.

Using adhesive remover, solvent, or a lamination-specific stripper. Wet the surface of the laminate and let it wait for about 5 minutes. Then, do it until you remove all of the layers!

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Can we damage the paper when removing lamination?

It also depends on the adhesive used to attach the film for protection (lamination). Some are more durable than others. Most of the time, people remove lamination without any problems with the paper.

We can also damage the paper if we don’t know how to remove the lamination correctly.

How to avoid damages of paper during lamination removal?

If you want to avoid any damages, when you remove lamination, you should follow some advise:

  1. Make sure that laminated paper is clean and dry before lamination remove.
  2. Do not touch paper surface immediately after you remove lamination because it can cause scratches and dirt.
  3. Clean blades before lamination removal to avoid damage.
  4. Avoid using the high-temperature heating system to speed up the removal process.