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Get Stuck Into The Great Outdoors With Waterproof Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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If you’re looking for self adhesive labels you can use in the great outdoors, why not try our waterproof labels. They’re ideal for traditional British summers (with plenty of rain) as well as not-so-traditional summers like this one!

Why Are Waterproof Labels Perfect For Outdoor Applications?

The main benefit of using waterproof labels for outdoor applications is because they offer protection against water and similar substances. This is especially useful in typical British summers, which tend to involve a lot of inconvenient rain.

Given that this year, we’ve experienced some of the hottest (and driest) weather on record, we thought it was time to acknowledge some of the other benefits of using waterproof labels.

Waterproof labels are made using synthetic materials such as plastics. These materials offer a wide range of characteristics and properties that make them highly versatile and well-suited to more challenging environments.

For example, they tend to be a lot more durable and long lasting than other materials, especially paper labels. They also tend to be stronger and more stable, which is particularly useful outside where environmental factors are likely to change and fluctuate over time. Other materials are more likely to deteriorate quickly in such conditions, making sticky labels illegible or causing their adhesive bond to fail (so they fall off).

Synthetic materials also tend to offer greater resistance to damage from environmental factors such as moisture, solvents, oils, chemicals, oxidation, ionising radiation, abrasion, extreme and/or fluctuating temperatures, and light (including UV light).

What Kinds Of Waterproof Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

We supply a range of waterproof labels to help you find the perfect finish for your project. We have options for laser labels, inkjet labels, matt labels, gloss labels, white labels, silver labels, transparent labels, permanent labels, and removable labels.

RANGE FINISH COLOUR MATERIAL ADHESIVE PRINTER
MTP Matt Transparent Polyester Permanent Laser
GTP Gloss Transparent Polyester Permanent Laser
GTR Gloss Transparent Polyester Removable Laser
GCP Gloss Transparent Polyester Permanent Inkjet *
SMP Matt Silver Polyester Permanent Laser
GWP Gloss White Polyester Permanent Laser
MWP Matt White Polyester Marine Permanent Laser
MWR Matt White Polyester Removable Laser
MWPE Matt (Off) White Polyethylene Marine Permanent Laser & Inkjet
MWPO Matt White Polyolefin Marine Permanent Laser & Inkjet

Three of our waterproof labels have a marine permanent adhesive. This adhesive has met the requirements of the BS5609 part 2 standard for use in marine (outdoor conditions). This internationally recognised standard requires products to undergo a series of tests, including submersion in seawater for three months.

Designed for labelling chemical drums that are to be shipped overseas (where contents must be identifiable even if the drums fall overboard), these are some of our toughest self adhesive labels – making them perfect for outdoor applications.

* Please note that our GCP labels are waterproof. However, if you print them with standard water-based inkjet inks, your print will not be waterproof and will run or smudge when wet.

How Do You Print Waterproof Labels So They Have Waterproof Print?

All of our waterproof labels are – surprisingly – waterproof labels. Or, in other words, all of the materials used to make these sticky labels are waterproof. If you want PRINTED waterproof labels, however, it’s not always so straightforward.

Our waterproof laser labels are perfect for creating printed waterproof labels. Laser printers use a dry printing process (involving heat and pressure) to bond a dry powder (called toner) onto your sticky labels, which results in waterproof print.

Waterproof inkjet labels are a little more tricky. Standard inkjet inks are water-based and will run or smudge when wet. To create waterproof inkjet labels you either have to:

  1. Purchase waterproof inks that are not water-based.
  2. Add a protective layer over your print. For example, you could apply a transparent label over your print OR by use a sealant spray.

This is why the majority of our waterproof labels are laser labels. HOWEVER…

NEW WATERPROOF LABELS COMING SOON

…We will soon be introducing a brand new range called MWPP. These are waterproof labels for use with inkjet printers. These inkjet labels are made from polypropylene and a special top coating, which allows your printing inks to dry quickly and efficiently onto your labels AND acts as a protective (and waterproof) barrier over your print.

We have some stock available to supply as samples. Simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team and request a sample of MWPP.

Stay tuned to the Label Planet website to find out more!

Buy Waterproof Labels From Label Planet Today!

To view all of the waterproof labels available from Label Planet, please visit our LIST OF WATERPROOF LABELS page. Use the “View Products” links to find out more or to order waterproof labels today.

Remember you can also Request A Sample of any of our self adhesive labels. If you need a template, simply visit our Label Template home page to download a Word or PDF template free of charge.

MWP vs MWPE vs MWPO – Which Waterproof Labels Will Win?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

If you’ve been searching for waterproof labels, you may have noticed that we supply three marine labels that are very similar. Our polyester labels (MWP), polyethylene labels (MWPE), and polyolefin labels (MWPO) ARE very similar. They all have a matt white finish, are all waterproof labels, and all have a marine standard permanent adhesive. So how do you know which waterproof label is the right one for you?

The answer lies in your label application. Each material has its own properties and characteristics that are better suited to certain applications compared to the others. It just depends on what you need your waterproof labels to be able to do…

Waterproof Labels That Will Stay Stuck

While all three have a marine standard adhesive, the different materials cause slight variations in the level of tack (stick). This is most noticeable when labelling more unusual materials and surface types.

For example, if you apply all three onto a completely flat, clean metal surface you would see very little difference. On rough materials or curved surfaces, the polyethylene would cope the best with any surface variations. The polyolefin would be next best, followed by the polyester.

If your label application involves a curved surface or unusual materials (such as fabrics or building materials) you may wish to choose polyethylene.

Waterproof Labels That Will Bend & Stretch

One of the most notable differences between these three materials is how well they bend and stretch. Polyester is a rigid material and will not stretch at all. Polyolefin offers better flexibility and stretch, while polyethylene is the most flexible and stretchy material of the three.

The material you choose depends on whether you need waterproof labels that ARE flexible or ARE NOT flexible. For example, to label curved surfaces you need waterproof labels that will conform to the shape of your items. If you apply a rigid label material to a curved surface, one of two things will happen:

  • Your sticky labels won’t conform to the shape of your items. You may find areas where your labels aren’t stuck to the item. Alternatively, there won’t be sufficient contact to allow a successful adhesive bond to form at all and your waterproof labels will fall off immediately.
  • You will be able to temporarily force your sticky labels to conform to the correct shape BUT the memory of the material will cause them to return to their original flat state – overcoming the strength of the adhesive bond and resulting in your waterproof labels slowly peeling away from the surface.

Alternatively, you may be looking for waterproof labels that won’t tear or deform easily, even when used as long life tracking labels on items that are regularly moved or handled a lot. In this case, you will need waterproof labels that offer good resistance to tearing and stretching.

If your label application involves curved surfaces you may wish to choose polyethylene (as the most flexible option), while polyester is the best bet if you need tough and durable waterproof labels that will resist the wear and tear of long term applications.

Waterproof Labels That Will Print Out Perfectly

While all three printer labels are suitable for use with standard desktop printers, some are easier to print than others.

First you need to consider whether you have an inkjet printer or a laser printer. MWPE and MWPO are laser labels and inkjet labels; they can be printed with a laser printer or an inkjet printer. MWP are laser labels and can ONLY be printed with a laser printer.

Next you need to take into consideration the specification of your printer. Waterproof labels are thicker than standard paper labels and so you need to check that your printer has a media bypass tray (a secondary tray designed specifically for thicker materials) as well as the weight of materials that your printer will accept. If your printer cannot handle heavier materials, you will need to choose a thinner material to ensure that you can print your waterproof labels.

Polyethylene is a VERY thick material and requires careful handling; if your printer is not designed to handle very thick materials, you may find that you struggle to produce a consistent print quality on your waterproof labels (if you manage to print them at all). Polyester, however, is much thinner making it a much easier and more reliable material to print. Polyolefin is a thicker material BUT not as thick as polyethylene, which makes it a perfect compromise between MWP and MWPE.

Waterproof Labels That Will Fit Into Your Budget

If you’re ordering fewer than 500 sheets there is absolutely no difference between the three options. If you’re looking to buy in bulk (and on a budget) there is a difference in cost; MWP is the most expensive option, followed by MWPE, and then MWPO.

Waterproof Labels From Label Planet

To find out more about any of our waterproof labels – or to place an order – simply visit our List of Waterproof Labels page. You can also request a sample of our waterproof labels (to test them out for yourself) or get in touch with our Customer Service Team for further advice. If you need a label template, visit our Label Templates Home Page, or take a look at our Help Section, which contains links to our label templates, step-by-step guides, and troubleshooting tips.

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.

Ester, Ethylene, Or Olefin: Which Poly Will Make You Jolly (Happy With Your Label Purchase)?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

If you’ve taken a look at our range of waterproof labels, you may have noticed that we offer THREE different types of Marine Labels; MWP, MWPE, and MWPO.

You may also have noticed that all of these labels are waterproof labels that are extremely tough and durable, and suitable for a whole range of label applications – including both indoor and outdoor uses.

All of which may have left you confused as to which of these waterproof labels would be the best for you – this post aims to give you a quick fire guide to the differences between these three materials to help you make up your mind.

THE MATERIALS
The principle difference between these three label products is the face material used to make the labels; MWP is made with polyester, MWPE is made with polyethylene, and MWPO is made with polyolefin. All three are similar synthetic materials but have slightly different properties that give each label certain advantages (or disadvantages) over the others depending on the application you have in mind.

The key differences are as follows:
MWP: this material is white in colour, less flexible, and thinner than the other two materials (it also offers slightly better chemical resistance than MWPE and MWPO, although all three offer excellent resistance to most common chemicals).
MWPE: this material is slightly off-white in colour, is the most flexible, and the thickest of the three materials.
MWPO: this material is white in colour, is more flexible than MWP but less flexible than MWPE, and is thicker than MWP but thinner than MWPE.

THE ADHESIVE
All three of these labels are made with a marine adhesive, which conforms to the BS5609 part 2 standard for marine immersion – this standard is awarded to adhesives that are suitable for use in marine conditions and is also considered a marker for high quality adhesives that are tough, durable, and suitable for a variety of applications and environments.

Due to the flexibility of each material type, however, under certain circumstances the adhesive strength of these labels does differ slightly – making MWPE the stickiest of the three, followed by MWPO, and then MWP. This is because MWPE and MWPO have the flexibility to allow these labels to conform better to different surface types – including rough, curved, or unusual surfaces – while the rigidity of the MWP can cause it to struggle slightly on certain surfaces. Therefore, while you would see very little difference between the three if you were to apply them all to a clean, flat metal surface, you may get different results on a curved metal surface.

THE PRINTING EXPERIENCE
While MWPE and MWPO can both be printed on inkjet printers or laser printers, MWP can only be printed using a laser printer. The MWP labels are the easiest to print, however, because the thickness of MWPE and MWPO requires a little more care when printing (with some smaller printers being unable to process materials of this thickness at all).

THE PRICE
If you are looking at smaller quantities (i.e. less than 500 sheets), there is absolutely no difference between these three product ranges so the label you choose will entirely depend on the characteristics and properties you want your labels to possess. Once you move into bulk boxes of 500 sheets, there is some slight variation in price with MWPO being the most cost-effective choice and MWP being the most expensive choice.

If you’re still confused, we’ve put together a simple table to show the differences between our marine labels (with 1 being the best option for that particular feature).

Feature

MWP  (Polyester)

MWPE  (Polyethylene)

MWPO (Polyolefin)

How Well Do They Stick?

3

1

2

How Thin Is The Material?

1

3

2

How Flexible Is The Material?

3

1

2

How Well Do They Resist Exposure To Chemicals?

1

2

2

How Easy Are They To Print?

1

3

2

How Much Do They Cost?

3

2

1

You can find all of our Marine Labels on the Waterproof Labels page or you can take a look at our List of All Labels page to find out more about all of the different self adhesive labels available from Label Planet.

If you’re still not sure which marine label is the best one for you, remember, you can always request a sample to give each one a try before you buy!