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Glue Used to Make Playing Cards

Posted on May 05, 2016 by Maria Verros, Online Marketing Manager
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Chances are, the last time you were sitting at the blackjack table you weren't thinking about paper or glue. But, without paper and glue - there would be no blackjack. Why? Well, there would be no playing cards.

There is a lot of science and technology that goes into making a great deck of playing cards.  Playing cards are made by laminating two layers of thin paper using a black liquid glue, called block-out glue.

Once applied, this block-out glue blocks the light from showing through the thin paper. This is a very important piece of the manufacturing process, as you can imagine - you don't want to be able to see through the cards.

Especially if you're at the casino!

How are Playing Cards Made?

Video Source:
The U.S. Playing Card Co.

Technical Specifications of Block-out Glue
Type            Liquid Glue
Uses Laminating
Film Black opaque film
Viscosity 750-1200 undiluted at 77 °F
Packaging 5 gallon pails, 55 gallon drums, 300 gallon totes
Where else can you find block-out glue?

As you can imagine, block-out glue is useful in a number of application. Here are just a few:

  • Trading and playing cards
  • POP displays
  • window signage

block out glue
Download: Free Liquid Glue Troubleshooting Guide

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