General Advice for Applying Labels for Best Results

Applying labels – Some General Advice

It might sound like the simplest thing in the world, but how you apply your labels can make a huge difference on how they perform, especially when it comes to high adhesion asset labels. The adhesive on labels will vary depending on the type of label and where it is going to be used.

Shipping labels will have a good permanent adhesive so that they do not come off a box in transit, where as something like a price label on a book may have a low tack adhesive so that it can be removed and not leave any residue and damage the product.

We have a wide range of label materials available which include specialist 3M label materials where UL and CSA standards need to be met. We have standard paper labels for packaging and even freezer labels with cold application adhesives. Regardless of what label material you use, correct handling of your labels will ensure they perform to the highest standard.

5 Steps to applying your labels

  1. Ensure the target surface is clean and dry, remove any dirt or grease. Neat Isopropyl Alcohol can be used on many surfaces as a cleaning agent (please test your surface by cleaning a small area first)
  2. Ensure you have clean, grease free fingers. Remove the label from its backing paper, hold the label edges and do not touch the adhesive on the back of the label. Contamination can reduce adhesion of the label.
  3. Once applied on the target surface, apply pressure on the label, this will help the label grab the target surface.
  4. Do not remove or reposition the label – Try and get the position right the first time! If you remove the label you will reduce the effectiveness of the labels adhesive.
  5. Allow minimum 48 hours for the label adhesive to cure – resist the temptation to try and peel the label to test how well its stuck down. Be patient and you will get the best results!