So, you may be wondering ‘why on earth do I need to read a blog about label application? Isn’t it pretty self-explanatory and…easy?’. Well, to quote Donald Trump…WRONG.
It’s not that it’s the most complex thing to do but if done incorrectly you won’t get the full potential from your labels. Applying labels can be tedious and time consuming so you need to make sure you know exactly how to do it first time, so you’re not getting stressed and throwing tantrums…we have ALL been there.
So, whatever the type of label you’re using; from GHS and CLP labels right up to high-end bespoke retail labels, we have a few simple rules to help you.
Make sure that the surface you’re applying the label to is clean, dry and as smooth as possible.
Sticking labels to dirty surfaces means you’re sticking the label to the dirt/dust which results is a poor bond. Wet/damp surfaces have a similar problem. If the area you are applying to is unclean then clean it with a flash-drying solvent and leave to dry for a moment before applying. The smoother the surface, the better the bond and glass, metal and smooth plastics are easier to apply to than moulded rough plastics or uneven surfaces. Even hazard warning diamonds (which ours carry a BS5609 marine grade adhesive) need a decent surface to stick to.
A common mistake is not realising that all our adhesives are pressure sensitive.
This means the adhesive is activated by being rubbed down. Apply the label and make sure firm even pressure is applied (either by hand or by your applicator). Slapping a label on without rubbing it down is no good. It’s also particularly important for clear materials as rubbing down will get rid of air bubbles.
Most adhesives take around 24hrs to reach full bond strength.
Whether you choose an adhesive with high initial grab or prefer one that can be repositioned for a while after application then don’t be fooled into thinking applying and taking straight off will give you an idea of what the label will be like in the field. Also, ‘stickiness’ is no indication of final bond strength as some adhesives have very little initial tack but then form an awesome bond over time.
If you have any questions about our labels then our expert team are here to help and advice you.