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Unable to use Markers with Xyron Laminator

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RobBartel
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I picked up a Xyron 900 cold-laminating machine from Michael's the other day (they often put out 40% off coupons in their flyers, which is excellent when buying a 'big-ticket' item like this). Overall, I'm very happy with the machine and it makes laminating cards and tokens very quick and easy.

It does have one downside, however - unlike other cold- and hot-laminators I've used, the Xyron plastic doesn't take well to wet- and dry-erase markers. =o( I've tried Expo-brand dry-erase so far and Staedtler Lumcolor wet-erase markers. For both, the ink 'shrivels' and beads substantially before drying. Wax pencils work okay but are better for lines than points and grow dull rather quickly.

I've solved my particular problem by relaminating the cards with a more marker-friendly plastic but thought some of you might be interested in this unfortunate downside of the Xyron. If anyone knows of an erasable marker brand that works with the Xyron (or an alternate Xyron cartridge that works with eraseable markers, for that matter), I'd love to hear it.

Thanks,
Rob

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Unable to use Markers with Xyron Laminator

It is indeed highly repellent.

China markers work really great, however. The marks are very clear and stay, but rub right off with a paper towel or what have you. I bought something like 8 different colors online at either Officemax or Staples (don't remember which).

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RobBartel
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Unable to use Markers with Xyron Laminator

Thanks. I'm hitting a Staples tonight and will look for them. I tried a white wax pencil that seemed to work reasonably well but was too thick for my needs. Maybe I can find something finer.

Cheers,
Rob

RobBartel
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Unable to use Markers with Xyron Laminator

Close but still not quite meeting my particular needs. China Markers (aka grease pencils) definitely do mark the Xyron laminate and wipe off clean. Unfortunately, because they're a pencil and not an actual marker, they require friction to apply. That makes them excellent for line work (writing, sketching, etc) but not for making dots (in my case, filling in a small 'hit point' square).

All the same, thanks for the help,
Rob

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Unable to use Markers with Xyron Laminator

Ah, I see. Bummer.

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