How to Eliminate Glare on a Laminated Classroom Word Wall

Are you looking for an easy way to get rid of the glare coming off your laminated classroom word wall and bulletin board references? I searched and searched for matte laminating pouches but came up empty! In this post is a simple - and even better - solution to eliminating glare from lamination so that your word walls can be easily read by students anywhere in your classroom!

That glare from a shiny, laminated word wall is killer. Between the florescent lights and the windows, there's always somewhere in the room where the glare coming off the lamination blocks sight of the references underneath it.

Are you looking for an easy way to get rid of the glare coming off your laminated classroom word wall and bulletin board references? I searched and searched for matte laminating pouches but came up empty! In this post is a simple - and even better - solution to eliminating glare from lamination so that your word walls can be easily read by students anywhere in your classroom!

I've been on the search for flat lamination pouches for a while now. I even tweeted Staples, who replied that they'd send the idea to their corporate office. To date, there are no flat laminating pouches at Staples. Or anywhere else. 

But there is an easy solution! I finally figured this one out today and I want to share it with you! 

So what's the solution?

Clear, flat spray paint!

Are you looking for an easy way to get rid of the glare coming off your laminated classroom word wall and bulletin board references? I searched and searched for matte laminating pouches but came up empty! In this post is a simple - and even better - solution to eliminating glare from lamination so that your word walls can be easily read by students anywhere in your classroom!

Here's the how-to...

1) Start with a laminated word wall. This is especially great if you already have your word wall laminated and are super bummed about it being shiny. 

I used this Testors brand, but I'm sure you can use any clear, flat (or matte) finish spray paint. My husband does a lot of hobbying so happened to have this brand.

Laminated and not sprayed word wall reference. Notice the glare. The solution in this blog post will eliminate that lamination glare!
laminated only (not sprayed)
This Sales Tax reference is laminated only. I did not spray paint it. You can see how much glare is coming off of it.

2) On a warm dry day, spray a thin coat of clear, flat spray paint on your laminated word wall references.

If the weather is too wet, the spray paint won't easily dry. If it's too hot, the paint will dry before it hits the lamination. I'm one to throw caution to the wind so spray painted today in close to 100% humidity... then used a hairdryer. This works, too, but a lot more work. If I were to do an entire word wall, I'd wait until a dry day.

3) Let dry. It's done!

Laminated and spray painted word wall reference. The glare is gone!
laminated and sprayed with clear, flat spray paint

This calculating tip reference was laminated and then sprayed with the clear, flat spray paint. The glare is completely gone!

I hope this has been helpful. I felt really bad hearing that teachers were feeling defeated after putting so much work into their word walls only to have the references often unreadable. Spraying everything is a little more work, but I feel the end result is worth it and your word wall will be protected for a long time to come. And be glare-free!

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10 comments:

  1. I've also used clear shelf liner rather than lamination. It's already matte finish and it's cheap :) I just sandwich the papers between the clear shelf liner. (The stuff in the kitchen area of a store that has a peel off paper backing). It's actually all I used before owning my own laminator.

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    1. Oh this is an awesome tip! Thank you! I hadn't thought of this. I wish they'd just make matte finish laminating pouches. There must be some reason they can't...

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    2. I have used the shelf liner as well, before getting my laminater. I thought I was the only one that did that. LOL

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    3. I feel like the shelf liner is still the best option for posters that won't fit in a laminator. So this is an awesome tip. Thank you for sharing you have used it, too!

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  2. Hi there, we have "matt" laminating pouches here in Ireland, they have no glare and leave a nice finish on posters. They are just a little bit more expensive than the regular pouches. You can see them at these links:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fellowes-Laminating-Pouch-Micron-Matt/dp/B000WL3PJU


    https://www.vikingdirect.ie/en/office-depot-laminating-pouches-150-microns-transparent-100-pieces-p-3385239?cm_mmc=Google-_-TRM_BRA_VIKING_brand_-_-DSA+Viking-_-DYNAMIC+SEARCH+ADS&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy_HUpLex4wIVWeDtCh34JQadEAAYASAAEgJT2PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    I will definitely try the spray as it seems like a good cost saving option!

    Hope this helps! Eva😊

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    1. Thank you! I am going to look into these! So strange they were nowhere to be found on US Amazon.

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    2. Maybe if more teachers in the USA requested matte pouches, they would start carrying them. I will spread the word.

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    3. I feel like they definitely should be available everywhere. We definitely have Office Depot here.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. I will have to use this tip.

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