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#1 MsDemeanor

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:38 PM

Argghh is contact getting crappier these days or what?

DD has 15 books to cover and DS has 8. God help me. I am such a perfectionist and can't stand the bubbles and lines. Any tried and true methods?

#2 ~dam'sgirl~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:39 PM

You just have to go slow and push out all the bubbles. original.gif

#3 MsDemeanor

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:43 PM

There must be a secret! I do go slow, I use a ruler, DD holds the book and I go slowly, but half the time the contact stuff is just dodgy and gets lines in it.

Please tell me there is a secret.

#4 Jeneral

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:53 PM

Yes, there is a secret... it is called a plastic book slip!

Doesn't help with bigger books..


When I was a kid Mum used to let us buy wrapping paper and brown paper to wrap our books in.  Only the text books got contact.

#5 *BluePinkie*

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:53 PM

If you do get bubbles use a pin and sort of pop the air out and then flatten it.

Hope that makes sense.

Leeanne xxx

#6 ☆kermit☆

Posted 08 February 2008 - 01:56 PM

Ok I worked in a library and used to cover millions of books.  First cut the contact just a bit bigger than the size of the laid out open book leaving about 3/4 inch all the way around.  Fold contact in half then peel back one half of the contact and place spine of book along this folded line in the middle. Turn book over and get a credit card or similar card and push the airbubbles towards each side, then trim the corners and fold over.  Peel off otherside of the contact and do the same.  If you still have a slight bubble get a pin and prick it lets out the air.  Good luck.

#7 RubyInNewYork

Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:10 PM

We would use a ruler and slowly slide the plastic down pressing firmly with the ruler, to help it go down smooth and press out any bubbles.

#8 mmk

Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:22 PM

Cut the contact 2cm or so bigger than the book.  Peel back 1/2 of the contact & put the middle of the spine in the middle of the contact.  Put the book with the side you're going to stick first facing up but holding the contact up in the air so it's not touching the book.  Smooth it out along the spine, starting from the middle of the book to the top/bottom.  When that's done, have the book how you would if you were reading it.  Hold the contact in the air with your right hand, & slowly start from the spine & work your way up & down the book until you get to the edge pushing the contact down.  You shouldn't get any bubbles.  Turn over & do the same thing to the back of the book.  Open the book up & diagonally cut the corners of the contact & also near the spine & along the spine.  Fold the edges starting from the middle out.  All done!  It's not that hard if you do it bit by bit & start from the middle out & then from the middle to the other out.  Maybe get someone to hold the contact in the air for you while you're pushing it down if it's too hard to do with 2 hands.  Good luck!

#9 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:38 PM

I use the ruler method!  I usually start inside one cover and fold the backing paper back as I edge along with a ruler, but the librarian method of starting at the spine sounds good.  I think I will try that next time!

#10 *LucyE*

Posted 08 February 2008 - 03:23 PM

Go to a proper stationery store and buy 'library grade' contact.  It's that little bit thicker than ordinary supermarket contact and is so easy to use.

Also make sure that when smoothing over with the ruler, that you are not pulling the contact too tightly (to remove backing paper) that it stretches and then won't stick smoothly.

#11 ~**SYMONE**~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:01 PM

I feel your pain...I hate covering books. But I have found some brands of contact are worse than others.

#12 Quack Quack

Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:44 PM

no no no ...biggrin.gif you have it all wrong!!!


you need a kitchen bench & a water spray bottle.
spray the cupboard with a mist of water where you plan to work, then cut your contact to size, then spray the shiny side of contact with water.

pull off the back paper with the wet shiney side & the wet laminex together.

you will find the wetness stops all the static and it is as easy as covering books with a sheet of paper.

my 4 kids had 8 books each.... i got them all covered in about 2 hours, no swearing and throwing of books, and more importantly.... NO WRINKLES OR BUBBLES!!!

it is seriously amazing biggrin.gif:D:D:D:D

#13 tweekle

Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:49 PM

After many many hissy fits, screwed up balls of contact and a little (lot) of swearing I now cover with paper (coloured or brown paper then add stickers) and then cover again witn a clear plastic, looks really spiffy!

#14 jckalilvi

Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:09 PM

ok well i used to be the "queen"  tongue.gif of covering books when i was at school ... many moons ago!!  

there were two different types of clear contact back then, a cheap and nasty version and a slightly more expensive one, the dearer one is thicker and goes on like a treat!!

1. cut the contact about 1.5cm wider than the book is, before you peel the backing off, fold the contact in half to create a crease that goes down the spine of the book.

2. peel back contact on one side until you reach the crease mark, stand books spine along the crease and roll it down on to the sticky contact, if you are using the dearer contact you should have no bubbles, if you are using cheap and nasty version you may get bubbles.

3. cut corners off contact, snip the contact at the spine on both sides, fold edges of contact onto book.

4. stand book on its spine and pull the backing of the contact on the reverse side and same as before roll front of book onto contact. cut corners off and fold contact edges onto book.

#15 writestuff

Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:42 PM

Excuse my ignorance, but what's with covering books in contact? This was not something my mother ever did! Won't they survive if you don't?

#16 ~flaxen~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE
After many many hissy fits, screwed up balls of contact and a little (lot) of swearing I now cover with paper (coloured or brown paper then add stickers) and then cover again witn a clear plastic, looks really spiffy!


My mum did this for all our books in primary school. She used patterned wrapping paper and then the clear plastic over the top. We had the best looking books in the district, and when the other kid's contact was cracking around the edges at the end of the term ours still looked as good as the day she did it. In fact she's kept some of our old workbooks and they still look great today. She later went back to uni and studied to become a librarian...so all that book-covering practice came in handy original.gif

Edited by mummy~mel, 08 February 2008 - 06:45 PM.


#17 mumto3princesses

Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:19 PM

Yep, I do it like stayathomemum and never have a problem at all. Rarely even get one bubble.

#18 ~♥~Mia~♥~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:49 PM

5*little*ducks may I kiss you????

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  

For the first time ever, I have contacted books without bubbles and without me swearing. It was easy as pie and done in half the time. I did not even use a ruler.

#19 ~A2~

Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:57 PM

I just covered 25 books  ohmy.gif  wacko.gif  with the method used by just about everyone here although I use a tissue (soft cloth) to smooth.

Might try the wet kitchen bench next time.

Ali

#20 hawkchick

Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:14 PM

QUOTE
Go to a proper stationery store and buy 'library grade' contact. It's that little bit thicker than ordinary supermarket contact and is so easy to use.


I agree with this.

My local newsagent sells contact-type stuff, but it's quite thick and it's much nicer than contact. Sorry I can't be more helpful with a name or brand, but you can ask your newsagent if they sell this stuff.

#21 summermum

Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:46 AM

Yeah, go out and buy the expensive stuff.  Definitely worth the money.  I had terrible luck with the cheap stuff but the 'thick' contact covered flawlessly every time.

#22 Quack Quack

Posted 09 February 2008 - 12:29 PM

blush.gif yes ~♥~Mia~♥~ you may kiss me LMAO happy to be of service

#23 Sally ®

Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:07 PM

Wow, thanks for posting this topic.  We have a few books to cover this weekend.  DP always cracks it with the contact!  rolleyes.gif

#24 nyrrek

Posted 09 February 2008 - 01:11 PM

QUOTE
Yes, there is a secret... it is called a plastic book slip!

Doesn't help with bigger books..

We use the disposable book covers by 'Marbig' available at Officeworks. They come in exercise and A4 size (that is big enough for many work/textbooks too). You just slip them on, peel the strip and stick...too easy. I do contact project books etc and use the library grade contact.

#25 Daisy Chain

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:00 AM

QUOTE (goomie @ 04/11/2012, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hello there, I've come across your post after much frustration with this process myself and since discovering 'contastick' I've never had this problem again.

I know this post is a few years old, but if you still have kids in school, you might have to witness good friends and family suffer the same as we did, don't, tell them to go and see how easy it is on youtube....it's A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! biggrin.gif

Sorry Goomie, you had me until the postage. I will keep going with my ruler.




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