How To Age Laminated Cards?

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eltee

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I want to give some laminated WWII era identification cards an aged look. They are laminated in heat sealed plastic and look too new and not old and worn. I was thinking about fine steel wool or super fine sandpaper or something along those lines.

Thanks for any ideas.
 

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RobertMuldoon

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Steel wool or sandpaper would scratch them up a bit and you could soften the edges.

How about also using paint to add some age?

As an aside, were ID cards laminated in WWII? I've seen some of my grandad's IDs, and my dad's from when he was a kid, and they were just card.
 

Pocko

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Hmm, even 20/30 year old plastic becomes yellow and brittle. I'm not sure how to simulate that, but personally I'd try heat. Maybe a long period in a low oven?
 

breen2057

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Steel wool or sandpaper would scratch them up a bit and you could soften the edges.

How about also using paint to add some age?

As an aside, were ID cards laminated in WWII? I've seen some of my grandad's IDs, and my dad's from when he was a kid, and they were just card.

There are laminated 1944 dated US military ID cards. Don't know when they changed from the card ID's
 

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eltee

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Steel wool or sandpaper would scratch them up a bit and you could soften the edges.

How about also using paint to add some age?

As an aside, were ID cards laminated in WWII? I've seen some of my grandad's IDs, and my dad's from when he was a kid, and they were just card.
Copies of 1940's cards.

Many IDs had plastic lamination back then but many were not laminated. I've seen both.
 

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