Materials FAQs

  • What are the different types of adhesives I can use for my label projects?

The type of label you are quoting will determine the adhesive(s) available. The most common adhesives are permanent, temporary, removable and repositionable. We carry a wide selection of adhesives for indoor and outdoor use.

  • What are the most common label stocks?

Semi-gloss paper is the most widely used label material because it has a great printing surface and is very cost effective. Another popular label material is film because it’s water resistant and works well with squeezable containers.

  • What is the difference between coated and uncoated label stock?

Coated stock is super-shiny paper produced by pressing the paper against a polished metal drum while the coating is still wet. Uncoated stock has a matte or dull finish and will absorb the inks printed on the paper, making them appear slightly duller.

  • What materials can labels be made from?

There are hundreds of label materials. Generally, labels are made from paper, vinyl, polyester, polyethylene and other types of specialty films.

  • What type of label is best for outdoor/industrial applications?

A vinyl substrate is ideal for outside application. Flexographic inks are water-based, so they will fade if they are exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. Please consult with your customer service representative regarding your label’s environment and intended use.

  • What are UV coated labels?

UV coated labels are when we apply a varnish (liquid-based) to labels that are then cured by a UV light. We also offer spot UV coating where we only apply the varnish to parts of the label.

  • What are the benefits of applying a finish to labels?

Labels can have a gloss, matte, UV coating or laminate finish. Applying a finish can add an extra measure of protection for the label’s inks.