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FAQ – What’s The Difference Between A “Standard” Adhesive & A “Special” Adhesive?

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

All of our products are self-adhesive labels that are made with “pressure sensitive adhesives”; this simply means that the adhesives on our labels are tacky (sticky) under normal conditions and therefore only require the pressure of a finger or hand to create a successful adhesive bond.

Pressure sensitive adhesives can be broadly divided into “permanent adhesives” (designed to hold a label firmly in place and making it as difficult as possible to remove the label) and “removable adhesives” (designed to hold a label in place while it is needed before removing cleanly and easily from a surface without doing any damage or leaving behind any adhesive residue in the process). You may have noticed that we have a variety of labels that we describe as having either a “standard permanent adhesive” or a “standard removable adhesive” – you may also have noticed that we have other products that we describe as having “special” adhesives and you may have wondered what the difference is between these categories.

Essentially, a “standard” adhesive is a general purpose adhesive that has been designed to create a good adhesive bond between two surfaces under “normal” conditions. “Special” adhesives, meanwhile, are designed to create an adhesive bond that is suitable for a particular label application (and the specific set of environmental conditions or requirements that the application entails) – usually because a standard adhesive wouldn’t be able to produce and/or sustain a successful adhesive bond under those conditions.

At Label Planet, we have a variety of “special” adhesives, each of which has been manufactured to produce specific characteristics that make that adhesive well-suited to a particular label application or set of environmental conditions.

SUPER TACK ADHESIVE
This adhesive has been specially developed to create an extremely strong adhesive bond between a wide range of materials; the adhesive has extremely strong initial and ultimate tack, which means that it instantly creates an extremely strong adhesive bond at the moment a label is applied, which will then go on to strengthen and set into a stronger bond. Super tack adhesives are designed for label applications where a standard permanent adhesive simply cannot create and/or sustain a bond between two materials (usually because the materials are unusual in texture and/or the surface is curved or shaped in some manner) OR where there is an important need to make sure that the label is extremely difficult to remove (for example, because the label carries vital identifying information, health and safety warnings, and/or instructions for use).

Our Super Tack Labels (product code: ST) are paper labels with a super tack adhesive and can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer OR they can be handwritten. These labels are made with our strongest permanent adhesive to date and are suitable for label applications that involve unusual materials and/or surfaces, that involve cold temperatures, or that require labels that will remain firmly in place over a long period of time and prove to be extremely difficult to remove.

HIGH TACK ADHESIVE
Similar to a super tack adhesive, a high tack adhesive offers a stronger adhesive bond than that which is created by standard permanent adhesives (although it is not as strong as a super tack adhesive). High tack adhesives have strong initial and ultimate tack and are capable of creating strong adhesive bonds between a wide range of materials and surface types.

Our High Tack Labels (product code: HT) are paper labels with a high tack adhesive and can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer OR they can be handwritten. These labels are well-suited to label applications where a standard adhesive isn’t capable of creating and sustaining an adhesive bond OR where there is a need to make absolutely sure that the labels will remain firmly in place for an extended period of time.

MARINE ADHESIVE
The term “marine adhesive” is applied to adhesives that have been designed to create and sustain an adhesive bond in marine environments. Our marine adhesive conforms to the BS5609 part 2 standard for marine immersions to qualify for this certification, the adhesive undergoes a number of rigorous tests to ensure that it will work in tough marine conditions, including submersion in salt water for three months. This adhesive was developed specifically for labelling chemical drums that are shipped overseas (where the drums MUST remain clearly labelled even if they fall overboard).

We supply THREE product ranges with a marine adhesive; our Matt White Polyester Labels (product code: MWP) are made with matt white polyester and a marine adhesive, our Polyethylene Labels (product code: MWPE) are made with matt white polyethylene and a marine adhesive, and our Polyolefin Labels (product code: MWPO) are made with matt white polyolefin and a marine adhesive. All of these labels can be printed with a laser printer OR can be handwritten; our MWPE and MWPO labels can also be printed with an inkjet printer although this will not create waterproof print as inkjet inks tend to be water-based and so will run or smudge if the print gets wet. These waterproof labels are ideal for a wide range of applications that need tough and durable labels – especially any indoor or outdoor applications that may involve exposure to or immersion in water.

VOID ADHESIVE
This adhesive is used to make security labels in the form of tamper evident labels that leave behind the word “VOID” when a label is removed from an item. There are a variety of void adhesives, which provide visual evidence of tampering in this way – some will leave behind the word “VOID” (or another message) on the labelled item only, on the label itself only, or the adhesive layer will split to leave the message on both the labelled item and the label itself (this is how our VOID labels works).

Our VOID Labels (product code: SVP) are silver polyester labels with a VOID adhesive and can be printed using a laser printer (or handwritten). These labels are ideal for use as security labels on high value items, security seals on packaging or document folders, or as warranty labels on high or added value goods. They improve the security of these items by acting as a visual deterrent against tampering and by providing visual evidence that an item has, in fact, been tampered with or not.

DEEP FREEZE ADHESIVE
As the name suggests, this adhesive was designed to produce a permanent adhesive bond even when the labelled item is exposed to deep freeze conditions. Standard adhesives will usually struggle to produce and/or sustain an adhesive bond in extremely low temperatures, which makes a deep freeze adhesive an ideal alternative for any label application that involves exposure to or storage in colder temperatures.

Our Freezer Labels (product code: DF) are paper labels with a deep freeze adhesive and can be printed using a laser printer OR they can be handwritten (we do not recommend printing these labels with an inkjet printer as inkjet inks tend to be water-based, which means that your print will run or smudge when it comes into contact with condensation). These labels are ideal for any label application that involves deep freeze conditions, including food and drink labels or identification labels on research and/or medical samples. The labels can be applied onto items that are already frozen or that will be frozen at a later date and will maintain a good adhesive bond at temperatures between -40°C to +60°C.

WATER WASH OFF ADHESIVE
This adhesive provides a brilliant solution to the problem of labelling items safely and securely (as with a permanent adhesive) before removing the labels without damaging the items (as with a removable adhesive) so that they can be reused (and relabelled). Water wash off adhesives create a strong adhesive bond that breaks down when exposed to water; this means that a label will remain firmly in place while needed BUT will remove cleanly and easily when the labelled item is washed.

Our Water Wash Off Labels (product code: WW) are paper labels with a water wash off adhesive and can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer OR they can be handwritten. These labels are ideal for use on reusable containers and particularly those used in the food and drink industry (either to hold ingredients or as product containers, such as jars and bottles) – the contents of a container can be safely and clearly identified before the label is washed away when the container is cleaned before being reused.

SUPER REMOVABLE ADHESIVE
Also known as a “glass removable” adhesive, this removable adhesive was developed specifically for use on delicate surfaces – such as glass and paper – which are likely to be damaged when a label is removed. The adhesive makes use of modern manufacturing methods and materials to create a light adhesive bond that will gently hold a label in place while it is needed before allowing that label to be removed without doing any damage in the process.

Our Super Removable Labels (product code: GREM) are paper labels with a super removable adhesive and can be printed using an inkjet printer or a laser printer OR they can be handwritten. These labels are ideal for temporarily labelling delicate items (especially those made of glass or paper) and are brilliant product labels that can be used to display pricing information on (gift) items such as vases and books.

You can view a full list of all of the different adhesives that are used to make our self-adhesive labels on our All Adhesives page; this page gives a brief description of each adhesive, along with information about the product range that it is used to make, and a link to the range page for that particular product, so you can find out more about or place an order for those particular labels.

Make Sure Your Stickers Stick By Choosing A Permanent Adhesive

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

At Label Planet, we supply a wide range of labels, which can broadly be divided into two categories: Permanent Labels and Removable Labels – which, you will undoubtedly not be surprised to learn, are made with permanent adhesives and removable adhesives respectively. This post takes a closer look at the labels that fall into the first category (Permanent Labels) and the adhesives used to make them stick.

PERMANENT ADHESIVES
Generally speaking, a permanent adhesive is any adhesive that is designed to create a strong adhesive bond that is difficult to break. This does NOT mean that permanent adhesives are 100% permanent; any label held in place with a permanent adhesive can be removed if an individual is determined enough to do so – permanent adhesives are simply designed to make the removal of a label as difficult as possible (which means that they will usually leave behind adhesive residue and may damage the surface that they were applied to when they are removed).

Permanent adhesives typically offer good initial tack (this is the strength of the adhesive bond that is created at the moment an adhesive is applied to a surface) and good ultimate tack (this is the strength of the adhesive bond that is formed once the adhesive has completely strengthened and set).

SELF-ADHESIVE PERMANENT ADHESIVES
At Label Planet, all of our labels are “self-adhesive”/“pressure sensitive” labels (made with self-adhesive or pressure sensitive adhesives); this simply means that these labels require only the pressure of a finger or hand to adhere to a surface. Other adhesives may require the presence of another substance or specific conditions to form an adhesive bond (e.g. water sensitive adhesives require the presence of water to initiate a chemical reaction that leads to the formation of an adhesive bond, while holt melt adhesives must be melted and allowed to cool back into a solid to create an adhesive bond). Pressure sensitive adhesives, however, are tacky (sticky) in their dry form at room temperature and are applied using only the pressure of a finger or hand.

DIFFERENT STRENGTHS OF SELF-ADHESIVE PERMANENT ADHESIVES
Permanent adhesives are available in a range of adhesive strengths; standard permanent adhesives, for example, will be able to form a good adhesive bond between a general range of surface types and materials, while stronger permanent adhesives (sometimes called High Tack Adhesives) will be able to form a strong adhesive bond between a wide range of surface types and materials – including curved surfaces and unusual materials such as wood, plastics, and metals.

Permanent adhesives may also be designed to provide better adhesive strength under more challenging or unusual environmental conditions, such as Marine Adhesives (designed to create a permanent adhesive bond that can survive exposure to or immersion in water) and Freezer Adhesives (designed to create a permanent adhesive bond that can survive in freezing conditions).

LABEL PLANET’S DIFFERENT STRENGTHS OF SELF-ADHESIVE PERMANENT ADHESIVES
At Label Planet, we try to offer our customers a range of permanent adhesive options so that they can find a label that is suitable for the particular requirements of their individual label application. Our range of permanent adhesives includes:

Standard Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond on a general range of surfaces and materials
Available On: STA, GW, GWPQ, SG, MPQ, C, FC, LG, LS, BRK, GCP, GTP, MTP, GWP, SMP, SVP, TEV

Marine Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond that can survive exposure to or immersion in water
Available On: MWP, MWPE, MWPO

Freezer Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond that can survive exposure to freezing temperatures
Available On: DF

Opaque Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond while also blocking out any existing print work beneath the label
Available On: OPQ

Wash Off Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a good adhesive bond that can be broken down by exposing the adhesive to water (in order to allow these permanent labels to be removed without damaging the item that they were used to label)
Available On: WW

High Tack Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create a strong adhesive bond on a wide variety of surfaces and materials
Available On: HT

Super Tack Permanent Adhesive
Designed To: create an extremely strong adhesive bond on a wide variety of surfaces and materials
Available On: ST

To find out more about any of our permanent labels – or to place an order today – visit our List Of Labels With Permanent Adhesives page.

High Tack Vs Super Tack: Which Sticky Label Has The Stickiest Stick For Sticky Situations?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

One of our newest label products is our range of SUPER TACK labels, which form one half of our “Very Sticky” group of labels (along with our HIGH TACK labels). Both of these ranges feature paper labels (suitable for printing with inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting) with very strong permanent adhesives that are designed to stay firmly in place on a variety of surfaces.

Our High Tack labels and Super Tack labels were designed to be suitable for applications that require labels that are extremely difficult to remove, that can sustain an adhesive bond over a long period of time, that can adhere to materials and/or surfaces that standard permanent adhesives fail to bond with properly, or for applications that may involve (temporary) exposure to lower temperatures.

So what’s the difference between High Tack and Super Tack?
The only difference between our High Tack and Super Tack labels is the adhesive; both are made with very strong permanent adhesives but the adhesive on our super tack labels has been specially formulated and manufactured to maximise its initial tack and ultimate tack.

What’s “initial tack” and “ultimate tack”?
Our labels are all made with “pressure sensitive adhesives” – i.e. adhesives that only require the pressure of a finger or hand to create an adhesive bond. Pressure sensitive adhesives have two stages of adhesion – the initial tack and the ultimate tack. The initial tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond that is created at the moment of contact between the adhesive and a surface, while the ultimate tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond once it has fully strengthened and set.

Therefore, if a standard permanent adhesive has “good” initial tack and “good” ultimate tack, our high tack labels offer “very good” initial tack and “very good” ultimate tack, while our super tack labels offer “excellent” initial tack and “excellent” ultimate tack.

So why choose High Tack Labels or Super Tack Labels?
The strength of the adhesives used to make these labels makes them an ideal choice if you want your labels to remain firmly in place for a long time – even if the label application will involve exposure to lower temperatures. They’re also perfect if you find that standard permanent adhesives struggle to bond with the surface or material that you are trying to label; for example, standard labels may struggle to adhere to curved containers (such as bottles and jars) and fabric or plastic items (such as material swatches and samples or plastic bags and boxes).

Our HIGH TACK LABELS are available in fourteen stocked sizes (available for same day despatch in packs of 25 sheets) and thirty made to order sizes (available to order in boxes of 500 sheets), while our SUPER TACK LABELS are available in eleven stocked sizes and thirty-three made to order sizes.

Remember, you can always use our free sample request service to request a sample of our high tack labels and/or super tack labels to find out which of our sticky labels have enough stick for your sticky situation!

The Language Of Labels – A Quickfire Guide To Our Label Categories

Monday, January 30th, 2017

At Label Planet, we often group our labels into categories based on specific qualities and many of our product ranges take their names from the qualities that those labels possess. If you’re new to the world of labels, however, it can be a bit confusing if you aren’t sure what some (or all) of these terms mean – or at least what they mean in the specific world of labels and labelling. This short guide should help to make it clear what we mean when we use the following terms to describe our labels:

Permanent:
We use the word permanent to refer to labels that are made with a permanent adhesive; permanent adhesives are designed to create a strong bond between a label and an object that is difficult to break. It does NOT mean that these labels are impossible to remove; if someone is determined enough to remove a permanent label they will be able to do so (albeit with a serious amount of intent and effort and the likely result that both the label itself and the labelled item will be damaged in the process).

High Tack:
This refers to labels that are made with extremely strong, permanent adhesives; “tack” refers to the property of materials that allows them to adhere to a surface immediately upon contact – in other words, it describes how “sticky” a material is in a fluid or semi-fluid state. High tack labels, therefore, are highly sticky labels!

Removable:
We use the term removable to refer to labels that are made with a removable adhesive; removable adhesives are designed to create a bond between a label and an object so that the label can be removed cleanly and easily (without doing any damage or leaving behind any adhesive residue) when it is no longer needed. For this reason, removable labels may also be called “Temporary Labels”.

Finish:
This term refers to the qualities and properties of a material’s surface, including its appearance and texture. We supply three types of finish:

  • Gloss: gloss surfaces are generally very smooth and are highly efficient at reflecting light, which produces a decorative bright and shiny appearance.
  • Matt: matt surfaces are very poor at reflecting light, which creates a dull and non-shiny appearance.
  • Semi-Gloss: as a compromise between gloss and matt, semi-gloss surfaces do reflect light (but less efficiently than full gloss surfaces), which creates a more subtle shine.

Opaque:
Opaque materials do not transmit light; light cannot travel through these materials, which means that opaque materials cannot be seen through. Opaque materials are used to create “Blockout” labels that will prevent any existing print or design work from showing through a label, even if it is applied to a highly decorative surface. They are ideal for covering up existing print, recycling packaging, covering up errors, or simply to create a completely blank background onto which a new design or print can be added.

Transparent:
Transparent materials are extremely efficient at transmitting light; light travels through these materials, which means that you can see through transparent materials. Our transparent labels are not 100% transparent because they use an adhesive, which means that they may trap small air bubbles or particles of dust during application. Please note that we also use the term “clear” to refer to transparent materials.
If a material only transmits some light, then it will not be completely transparent – these labels are usually known as Transluscent or Frosted labels.

Waterproof:
Waterproof materials can survive exposure to or immersion in water – which means our waterproof labels are the best option to choose if you need labels for an application that may involve water, for example outdoor labels or labels for use on items that will be stored and used in kitchens or bathrooms.

Splashproof:
This is a term that we use to describe our GW (gloss laser labels) and SG (semi-gloss laser labels); both of these products are paper labels, which means that they are not waterproof BUT the coatings applied to these labels to give them their gloss and semi-gloss finishes do provide limited protection if the labels are lightly splashed with water or get slightly dirty (hence splashproof). These labels provide a compromise between using standard paper labels (with no protection against water damage) and our synthetic labels (which are completely waterproof) – especially if you need to work within a limited budget.

Compatible:
Essentially, when we describe one of our labels as being “compatible” with a label product from a different company, we mean that the label size and layout (but not the materials used to make the labels) are the same for our labels as they are for the other product. For example, many of our label products are described as “Avery Compatible” and we provide “Compatible Avery Template Codes” for customers to use when printing their labels. All this means is that the label size and layout of our labels is the same as those of Avery labels and you can therefore use the same template to print both our labels and Avery labels.

Special Use:
Also known as “Media Labels”, these labels are a group of products that were each originally created to suit a specific purpose but can also be used for a wider range of label applications. They tend to be sizes that were designed for use on storage devices and folders, such as CDs and DVDs, box files and lever arch files, or videos and data cartridges.

Plastic:
Plastic is a general term that can be used to describe any synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers. We have three plastic materials; polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl (our Tamper Evident Vinyl). When we use the term “Plastic labels”, we are referring to our polyester and polyethylene (and vinyl) labels.

Tamper Evident:
A type of security label; security labels are labels with special features that are designed to improve the security of the items they are used to label. Tamper evident labels have features that allow them to provide visual evidence that someone has tampered with an item. We have TWO tamper evident labels; our Silver Void Labels leave the message “VOID” behind when they are removed from an item, while our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels will disintegrate into tiny pieces if someone attempts to remove them.

You can find even more label terms (along with their definitions) in our online Glossary. If you have any questions or queries about what a particular term means or if you need any assistance choosing the right label for your specific label application, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or email to find out more.

Have A Summer Sort Out With Labels From Label Planet

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

With the summer holidays coming into view, you might be planning on taking advantage of the longer days to finally get around to doing a few jobs that you’ve not yet got around to doing – and we have a some brilliant labels to help you get your errands done and dusted that little bit faster, so you have more time to relax and unwind.

Labels To – Colour Code Your Boxes & Belongings
Coloured labels are a quick and easy way to divide (and conquer) your mountain of stuff, whether you’re sorting out what belongs to whom or even deciding what’s “To Keep” and what’s “To Throw”. Our coloured labels can be printed (with an inkjet or a laser printer) or can be handwritten and you can choose between labels with a permanent adhesive (for permanent organisation) and a removable adhesive (for temporary labels that you can remove without damaging your belongings).
We Recommend: Pastel Coloured Labels & Removable Pastel Coloured Labels OR Fluorescent Labels (for a colour coded system that really stands out)

Labels To – Fine Tune Your Filing System
Whether you’ve got a wonderfully organised filing system already in place or you’ve got a stack of papers that desperately needs sorting out, we’ve got a great range of paper labels in all sorts of shapes and sizes that are perfect for labelling up files and folders, boxes and wallets, or whatever other devices you’re using to keep your paperwork under control (or perhaps just out of sight). All of these labels are made of matt white paper with a permanent adhesive and many are made with shapes and sizes that were designed specifically with storage and filing systems in mind (for example, we have three label sizes which were designed specifically for use on lever arch and box files).
We Recommend: Media Storage Labels

Labels To – Get Your Boxes & Storage Containers Sorted
If you’ve decided that the best way to get your stuff organised is to get it put into boxes, bags, and any other storage container you can find, it can be all too easy to forget what stuff you’ve put where. Adding a simple category label (or even a contents label) makes it quick and easy for you to see at a glance what you’ve got in each box.
We Recommend: Standard Paper Labels (for a basic label), Gloss Paper Labels (for a more decorative finish), Coloured Paper Labels (for a creative finish), or High Tack Paper Labels (for use on plastic or fabric containers that standard labels may struggle to stick to).

Labels To – Organise A Big Move (Around)
Whether you’re on the move this summer or you’ve decided that you want to shift everything around, getting your belongings organised makes things go a lot smoother, and we have a wonderful range of temporary labels that will help you get everything labelled neatly and clearly for the duration of your big move (around). These temporary labels are made with removable adhesives that provide enough grip while you need your labels to stay in place but then remove cleanly from the surface once they are no longer needed (without doing any damage or leaving behind any sticky adhesive residue).
We Recommend: Standard Removable Labels & Removable Coloured Labels

Labels To – Sort Out Your Digital Archive
Whether you’ve got a mammoth collection of CDs and DVDs to sort out or you simply want to get your all-important files backed up safely and securely, we got a variety of media labels to suit all sorts of storage devices. Many of our media labels were designed specifically to suit a particular type of storage device and we have label sizes for use on CDs and DVDs, data cartridges and diskettes, and even some to suit more traditional storage media, including audio cassettes and videos! So even if your collection includes a few old mix tapes and home videos, you’ll still be able to find the perfect label to get everything labelled up properly.
We Recommend: Media Storage Labels

Labels To – Take Control Of Your Diary
Whether you’ve got a notebook stuffed with “To-Do-Lists” or a chaotic family calendar hanging off the fridge, labels are a great way to take control and remind yourself of the big things (and little things) that you absolutely have to remember to do. Our smaller label sizes are perfect for giving yourself easy to spot reminders of important dates and “things to do”; especially our small coloured round labels, which are an ideal addition to any busy calendar or diary. You can choose between permanent labels (to make sure your reminders remain firmly in place) or removable labels (so you can update your calendar or diary as you get things crossed off your list!).
We Recommend: Pastel Coloured Paper Labels & Removable Paper Labels

To find the perfect label for your big summer project, get started by searching for your perfect label material on our “List Of All Label Materials” page or your perfect label size on our “Search By Width” and “Search By Height” pages.

Adopt An Appropriate Adhesive So All Your Labels Adhere!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

From a purely practical point of view, the most important part of a label is the adhesive; if you choose the wrong sort of adhesive for your particular application then you may well find that your labels simply won’t do the job that you need them to do.

Many people don’t realise that there are different types and strengths of adhesive – although for most applications a simple standard permanent adhesive will do the job. The problem is that there are a handful of label applications that require the use of a different kind of adhesive because a standard permanent adhesive simply doesn’t meet the requirements of that application.

These alternative adhesives tend to be designed specifically for a particular kind of label application and will therefore have properties and characteristics that allow them to function efficiently in that application. The most common reasons that you might need to use something other than a standard permanent adhesive are:

  • You Need Temporary Labels
    If you need labels that will stay in place for a fixed (short) time only, you may find that standard permanent adhesives are not a suitable choice. Instead you should look at removable adhesives, which are designed to provide a good adhesive bond while a label is needed before peeling away cleanly from a surface without doing any damage in the process.
  • You Need Labels That Will Survive In More Challenging Environments
    While standard permanent adhesives will function efficiently on a range of surfaces in “normal” or “standard” conditions, you might need labels that can survive in more challenging environments; for example, your application might involve different or fluctuating conditions, such as high or low temperatures or even exposure to water. These conditions will most likely cause a standard adhesive to fail, which means you would need to choose a special adhesive designed to cope with more extreme conditions.
  • You Need Labels That Can Adhere To Unusual Or Curved Surfaces
    Certain materials and surfaces may prove too difficult for standard permanent adhesives to bond with properly, which means that if you want to make sure your labels stay in place you’ll have to choose a stronger permanent adhesive.

So how do I go about choosing the right sort of adhesive?
Adhesives are primarily classified as “Permanent” or “Removable”, so the first choice you need to make is whether you need your labels to be “Permanent” or “Temporary”; choose a permanent adhesive for permanent labels (to make sure they stay firmly in place) and a removable adhesive for temporary labels (to make sure they can be removed without damage when you no longer need them).

Once you’ve narrowed your search to one of these two kinds of adhesive, you need to take into account any environmental factors that might require the use of a more specialised adhesive; try to think of anything in your label application that might cause a problem for a standard adhesive – if you can’t think of anything then you should be okay with a standard adhesive BUT if there are specific requirements that you need your labels to cope with then you should take a look at more specialised adhesives with specific properties that make them better suited to your application.

For example: Choosing The Right Permanent Adhesive
We have twenty two products with permanent adhesives, which can be grouped as follows:
Standard Permanent Labels (STA/MPQ/GWPQ/BRK/C/FC/GW/LG/LS/SG)
Simply choose the label product with the colour and/or finish that you like best.
Durable and/or Waterproof Permanent Labels (MWP/MWPE/GWP/SMP/GCP/GTP/MTP)
Choose one of these if you need your labels to be durable and/or waterproof, especially if you’re looking to create long life tracking labels.
Strong Permanent Labels (For Unusual Surfaces) (Mega Tack/HT/MWP/MWPE)
Choose one of these if you need a label that will stay firmly stuck or you need to label an unusual surface that standard adhesives struggle to bond with.
Freezer Labels (DF)
Choose these labels if you need to label items that are to be stored or used in freezer conditions (for example, food and drink products or medical and research samples).
Outdoor Labels (MWP/MWPE)
Choose one of these if you need a label that can survive in outdoor conditions, particularly if those conditions include exposure to or submersion in water.
Security Labels (SVP and TEV)
Choose one of these if you’re looking for a label product that will improve the security of your items by providing evidence if an attempt is made to tamper with the labels (and therefore your items).

For example: Choosing The Right Removable Adhesive
We have five products with removable adhesives, which can be grouped as follows:
Standard Removable Labels (REM and REMC)
Choose one of these if you need a basic temporary label (in white or colour).
Durable and/or Waterproof Removable Labels (GTR and MWR)
Choose one of these if you need temporary labels that are more durable and waterproof.
Removable Labels For Delicate Surfaces or Long Term Use (GREM)
Choose these labels if you need to label delicate items (e.g. those made of paper or glass) and/or it is absolutely vital that no damage is done when your labels are removed.

To help you work out which adhesive is the best option for you, we’ve created a “Complete List of all our Label Adhesives” page, which lists all of our products according to the type of adhesive they are made with, along with a description of the characteristics of each adhesive. Remember, you can also request a sample of any label products that you are interested in so you can test them to make sure they will work for you before you go ahead and buy. We recommend that you replicate the conditions of your application as closely as possible with your samples so you know for certain that they are the right labels for the job.

Prepare For A Truly Spooktacular Halloween With Labels From Label Planet!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Halloween is on the way, which means that if you’ve got exciting plans for creepy celebrations we might just have the labels for you! Whether you’re wanting to send out invitations to a monster bash or create spectacularly spooky decorations, we’ve got some fabulous label products to help you get things started with a bloodcurdling bang!

FREAKY FLUORESCENTS: these brilliantly bright labels are a stunningly simple way to add a burst of colour to your Halloween inspired projects. Featuring a Revolting Red, a Gruesome Green, a Yowling Yellow, a Malevolent Magenta, and a perfectly seasonal Outlandish Orange, this range of labels will really add a wicked burst of colour to your event.

CREEPY KRAFT: we’ve got a wonderful Kraft Label, made with ribbed Kraft paper for a subtle touch of putrid patterning and terrifying texture for all your homemade finishing touches!

HOWLING HIGH TACK: these paper labels have a supernaturally strong adhesive, which makes them perfect for sticking onto bursting bags of Halloween treats or for adding a label to your Halloween decorations or those all-important trick or treat buckets.

TAUNTING TRANSPARENTS: these transparent labels will add a touch of magic by “disappearing” into thin air, leaving behind “floating” text and images on your items. They’re also a brilliant way to make some fabulously frightening window stickers (but make sure you choose our Removable Transparent Labels, so you don’t end up with a frightful mess once the celebrations are over!).

FAQ – What’s The Difference Between All Of The Adhesives On Your Website?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

There are all sorts of components involved in choosing the right label for the job and one of the most important factors is using the correct adhesive. So, we’ve put together a short guide to our adhesives, to help our customers find the adhesive that’s perfect for their particular labelling application.

INITIAL TACK: how strong the adhesive bond is at the moment a label is applied to a surface
ULTIMATE ADHESION: adhesives continue to strength after the initial application; ultimate adhesion refers to the strength of the bond once the adhesive has fully set
REMOVABILITY: the ease with which a label can be removed from a surface
SUITABLE FOR: the kinds of applications, surfaces, and temperatures the adhesive works best with
USED ON: the product ranges available from Label Planet that are made with this kind of adhesive

  • Standard Permanent Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Good initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Good ultimate adhesion.
    REMOVABILITY: Difficult to remove; if removed, it tends to leave behind adhesive residue and damage may be done to the surface and/or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: General use applications where a label needs to stay in place. This adhesive suits a range of surfaces and temperatures BUT may struggle with unusual or curved surfaces and may fail to function in environments with more extreme conditions, e.g. highs or lows in temperature.
    USED ON: Standard Paper Labels (STA), Coloured Paper Labels (C), Fluorescent Coloured Paper Labels (FC), Gold and Silver Paper Labels (LG/LS), Gloss White Paper Labels for Laser & Inkjet Printers (GWPQ), Gloss White Paper Labels for Laser Printers (GW), Matt White Premium Quality Paper Labels (MPQ), Gloss Clear Polyester Labels for Inkjet Printers (GCP), Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels for Laser Printers (GTP), Matt Transparent Polyester Labels (MTP), and Silver Matt Metallic Polyester Labels (SMP).
  • High Tack Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Very good initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Very good ultimate adhesion.
    REMOVABILITY: Very difficult to remove; if removed, it will leave behind adhesive residue and damage will be done to the surface and/or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: General use applications where a label needs to stay in place on a curved or unusual surface (e.g. fabrics) or where it is very important that a label is difficult to remove. This adhesive works on a wide range of surfaces at a wide range of temperatures and is also compliant with the German BgVV for indirect food contact and short term contact with dry and moist food.
    USED ON: High Tack Paper Labels (HT)
  • Mega Tack Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Excellent initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Excellent ultimate adhesion.
    REMOVABILITY: Extremely difficult to remove; if removed, it will leave behind adhesive residue and damage will be done to the surface and/or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: Applications where a label needs to stay in place on a curved or unusual surface or where it is very important that a label is difficult to remove. This adhesive works on a wide range of surfaces at a wide range of temperatures and is most often used on materials that are otherwise difficult to label, such as items made of fabric, metals, wood etc.
    USED ON: Mega Tack Paper Labels (Please note that this item is only available to order by phone)
  • Marine Quality Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Very good initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Very good ultimate adhesion.
    REMOVABILITY: Very difficult to remove; if removed, it will leave behind adhesive residue and damage will be done to the surface and/or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: Applications requiring a waterproof label that is highly durable and permanent even when exposed to wet or outdoor conditions. This adhesive works on a wide range of surfaces at a wide range of temperatures and is primarily used to make “long life” durable, tracking labels.
    USED ON: Matt White Polyester Labels (MWP) and Matt White Polyethylene Labels (MWPE)
  • Removable Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Low initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Low ultimate adhesion.
    REMOVABILITY: Easy to remove; when removed, it should require little effort, leave behind no adhesive residue, and do no damage to either the surface or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: Applications that require a temporary label; the label should remain in place during the length of the application and then remove cleanly and easily once the label is no longer needed. This adhesive works on a range of materials at a range of temperatures, but it should be noted that the removability of the label may be affected if certain factors reach an extreme level (e.g. extreme temperatures).
    USED ON: Removable Paper Labels (REM), Removable Coloured Labels (REMC), Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels (GTR), and Removable Matt White Polyester Labels (MWR)
  • Super Removable Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Very low initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Very low ultimate adhesion.
    REMOVABILITY: Very easy to remove; when removed, it requires little effort, leaves behind no adhesive residue, and causes no damage to either the surface or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: Applications that require a temporary label to be applied to a delicate surface; this adhesive is ideal for use on temporary labels that will be applied to items made of glass or paper. The adhesive is designed to lightly hold the label in place for the duration of the application and then remove cleanly and easily once the label is no longer needed. It works on a wide range of surfaces at a range of temperatures.
    USED ON: Super Removable Paper Labels (GREM)
  • Freezer Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Quite good initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Good ultimate adhesion.
    [NB: it should be noted that the permanent freezer adhesive acts like a removable adhesive at room temperature; however, in freezer conditions, the adhesive will create a strong permanent bond.]
    REMOVABILITY: Difficult to remove; if removed, it tends to leave behind adhesive residue and damage may be done to the surface and/or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: Applications where a label is applied to items that will be stored or used in freezer conditions. This adhesive is most commonly used when labelling food and drink products (and is compliant with the German BgVV for indirect food contact and short term contact with dry and moist food) or labelling samples in medical and/or research facilities; in both cases the adhesive must provide strong, permanent adhesion even during exposure to low temperatures.
    USED ON: Freezer Labels (DF)
  • Opaque Adhesive
    INITIAL TACK: Good initial bond strength.
    ULTIMATE ADHESION: Good ultimate adhesion.
    REMOVABILITY: Difficult to remove; if removed, it tends to leave behind adhesive residue and damage may be done to the surface and/or the label being removed.
    SUITABLE FOR: Applications where the label must completely cover up (or block out) any existing print or design work on the surface being labelled. This adhesive suits a range of surfaces and temperatures and is most commonly used when replacing out of date information, reusing existing packaging, or covering up errors in existing print.
    USED ON: Opaque Labels (OPQ)

You can view our range of adhesives on our website.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Label Planet

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

We’d like to wish all of our customers a Happy Halloween! We hope you get lots of treats (and no tricks)!

To celebrate, we’ve picked out a few of our labels that remind us most of Halloween (Beware! Bad puns and alliteration ahead!):

FRIGHTFUL FLUORESCENTS – They’re Shockingly Bright!
These coloured labels are available in five wickedly bright fluorescent colours. We’ve got a Rotting Red, a Ghoulish Green, a Yowling Yellow, a Monstrous Magenta and (most fittingly for a Halloween themed post) an Ominous Orange. These colours really jump out and capture your audience (or their attention anyway).

TERRIFYING TRANSPARENTS – You’ll Never Know They’re There!
These tricky transparents will disappear into thin air and make it look as though your text and images have appeared from nowhere, as if by magic. Our transparent static cling labels are also a brilliant way to make wonderfully weird window stickers.

HORRIFYING HIGH TACK – They’ll Never Let Go!
These unassuming labels have a hidden strength and once they’ve taken hold it’s a nightmare to escape their clutches! They’re supernaturally good at sticking onto bags of sweets, which makes them a spooky success for Halloween treats!