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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
I normally use the Con-Tact clear matte shelf liner to "laminate" my paper items, flash cards, etc (and I always buy the Con-Tact from Walmart. It's cheaper there). I really like the Con-Tact, but I was curious about this product. I will compare the two products in my review, as the Con-Tact brand is my only other point of reference.
1. The Duck Laminate is glossy and crystal clear. The Con-Tact is matte and clear also.
2. Duck is very thin, think paper thin. Con-Tact is thicker like a real laminate would be.
3. Duck is very easy to work with. It is sticky, but extremely forgiving. Con-Tact is more difficult to work with, because of the thickness and it is even more sticky than Duck. It's a little more difficult to work with.
4. Duck's adhesive smells so awful, that it gave me a headache, while I was using it. The Con-Tact clear shelf liner has zero smell.
Would I purchase again? Maybe, I'd say it depends on the project. I like the Con-Tact clear better, because it seems more heavy duty to me. Most of the stuff I "laminate" is stuff that is used to teach young children. So, the items are handled quite a bit. I did love the ease of use of the Duck laminate, as it cut down on the time it normally would take me to "laminate" things. However, I wonder if it will be able to hold up under the normal use of little hands picking up, pulling, bending the items etc. I think this product would be great for "laminating" pictures to be put into a scrapbook, book pages that are not frequently read, or something that won't be handled a lot. I'd say if you're thinking about it try it and see what you think.
It's not a terrible product, it just wasn't completely what I hoped for after having gotten used to using the Con-Tact clear shelf liner.