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Different adhesives for different applications


The labelstock manufacturers have developed a range of solvent free adhesives, based on acrylic-dispersion, hot-melt or UV-cured melt adhesives that suit every type of material and are suitable for every application.


The main adhesive types are:


1. Permanent adhesives which are the most commonly used and are not designed to allow the label to be removed once it has been applied.

2. Peelable adhesives which are designed to allow the label to be removed within a short time after application, but will tend to leave a sticky residue on the application surface.

3. Ultra-peel adhesives are the weakest adhesives and are useful for example for labelling high value goods where the label must be very easily removed without leaving any residue.

4. Deep freeze adhesives which are useful for products that are stored at cold temperatures.

5. Marine adhesives which can withstand protracted submersion under water.

6. Security adhesives have various properties that indicate tampering of the label.

Recommendations for adhesives


The adhesives on self adhesive labels are sensitive to temperature and moisture, and to optimise their performance, we recommend that you apply the labels in accordance with the following conditions:


1. Ensure that the application surface is smooth, clean, dry and free of dust, water, oils, waxes and silicone sprays and is preferably above 10 degrees C. If necessary and appropriate, clean the surface using a little Isopropyl Alcohol, available as a fluid or convenient disposable wipes from a number of suppliers such as 3M.

2. Make sure that the storage, application and service temperature / humidity are correct for the adhesive being used. Most correctly stored labels should have a shelf life of 2 years. The most common problem affecting label adhesion is the label storage temperature being too low ( less than 10 degrees C) which detrimentally affects the label adhesive. In general, warmer storage and application temperatures give better results.

3. Generally adhesives take at least 24 hours to "set" and gain their full strength. If the label does not stick for any reason, then check conditions in step 1 again as it is most likely that there is a problem with the application surface.

4. Finally do not clean the labels with any organic solvents, cleaners or anything but a gentle wipe with a damp cloth. The use of organic chemicals may harm the label material, adhesive or print.

You can download full product specification sheets of our adhesive products here

"Tips of the trade" ~ Recommendations to remove self adhesive labels

When removing the label, take your time. Firstly, warm up the label with a warm air hair dryer to lower the viscosity of the adhesive. Then peel the label slowly slowly, rotating all around the label evenly rather than tying to remove the label from a single point.

Once the label has been removed, it may have left a residue. Try washing it off with warm soapy water first. If that doesn't work (not all adhesives are soluble in water) try using a little Isopropyl alcohol or metholated spirits, testing beforehand on an unseen section of the surface to make sure that the solvent will not damage the surface.

As a last resort, a stronger organic solvent such as acetone (similar to nail varnish remover) could be used, but will probably mark many synthetic surfaces permanently.

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