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How to Make Film-Based Labels Waterproof after Printing

When it comes to film-based labels, there is a way to add extra durability to them after printing. The goal is to ensure these labels are more resistant to moisture, contact, or submersion. You will want these labels that last for as long as possible, whether they are exposed to water or other elements.

In the following section, we’ll tackle how to choose a good base material for your film-based labels and how to add extra durability to them. Keep on reading to learn more.

How to look for the right waterproof label

There are certain waterproof or weatherproof labels for both inkjet and laser printers for your choosing. These types can endure moisture, heavy-handling, and more. When choosing, it’s important to start with a strong base. Here are label options based on printer type:

  • For inkjet printers: Select weatherproof materials with bright white face sheets. They are ideal for creating vibrant, colourful designs while offering weatherproofing features. You can opt for either a matte or a glossy coating.
  • For laser printers: When it comes to laser printing, there are a few more options you can select. You can opt for a white polyester featuring slight satin sheen. For unique options, you can go for clear matte with a frosted feature, clear gloss with an entirely transparent look, or silver polyester with a silver finish similar to brushed metal.

How to have extra durability for additional protection

There are two things you can resort to in adding extra durability after the labels are printed. You can choose between the two methods below:

Spray Krylon: The first option is the spray Krylon, which is a top coating product. It’s easy to find this spray product in any hardware store. Just follow the simple steps below:

  • After printing, wait for the label to dry
  • Remove the face sheet material from your label sheet
  • Place labels on a clean surface
  • Shake the spray can for about a minute
  • Start spraying in a sweeping motion about 10 to 12 inches away from the surface
  • Continue to spray until the entire label sheet is fully covered
  • Dry the labels for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Peel your labels off the sheet and apply

Overcoat sheet: The next option is to apply an overcoat sheet. The clear gloss laser labels are ideal for laminating your labels. The secondary label will help protect the edges of your label to ensure that the designs are safely sealed. Follow the simple steps below:

  • Choose a size slightly bigger than that of your label. 
  • Apply the clear label over the top of your existing label. 
  • Let it set. The longer it can sit, the better it will perform.

When it comes to printing film-based labels, choosing the right base material, and knowing how to add durability to them can make a difference. By following the advice mentioned above, you can ensure that your labels will be waterproof after printing and that they will last for a long time. Using this in your company can also help you become more cost-efficient.

If you’re looking to know more about waterproofing your label, get in touch with Print Pal London, a label printing service in London, to see how we can help!