Waterproof Labels

Waterproof labels are made from synthetic materials which are weatherproof, water and oil resistant. There are many different synthetic materials available that are suitable for waterproof labels which include:

  • Polyester
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyolefin
  • Polypropylene
  • Vinyl

Read more below to find out which material is suitable for your application.

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Waterproof labels are weatherproof, water and oil resistant labels and suitable for outdoor, industrial and chemical labeling use. There are many choices within the synthetic range of materials. All have different properties to suit different situations. Below are the three materials that belong to the stock range and are suitable for most eventualities.

Lasertuf is the brand name for the stock range of labels. These come in A4 die-cut sheets in the three materials Polyester, Polyethylene & Polyolefin. So, what is the difference between them? The points below & the summary table will help.

  • Lasertuf Polyester has good tear resistance, good weathering and does not stretch. Overall, the product prints well because it is thinner than the polyethylene & polyolefin. It can be susceptible to static which can give problems for the user with print feed and handling. It is recommended to separate the sheets prior to printing. (See our stock range of A4 Sheets or SRA3 Sheets)
  • Lasertuf Polyolefin (MWPO): This material is flexible and stretches but it is not as thick as Polyethylene, so is more printer friendly. It is also very good to handle for the user and sticks very well. Also, conforms to shapes better than polyester, but not quite as well as polyethylene. (See our stock range of A4 sheets online)
  • Lasertuf Polyethylene (MWPE): This material is also flexible and stretches and has proved to be easier to handle for the person applying the labels. The thickness of the material can present some printer issues. It has good resistance to static so that is an advantage in the handling. It conforms to difficult shapes better than polyester.

The above labels are all approved to BS5609 which is a rigorous standard of regulation for labelling hazardous goods for the marine environment. This is to ensure that if a container of goods is recovered from the ocean any hazardous goods will still be clearly labelled and the print is legible. Consequently, those recovering the goods will be able to deal with them in a safe manner. The durability of the labels is rigorously tested in harsh environments. The regulations have two main technical sections – Section 2 & 3. Section 2 applies to the pressure-sensitive base material to test if the adhesive and the label can withstand the correct conditions. Section 3 covers the finished printed product including the print. So how this material is converter and finished may affect it overall performance. [see pdf for more details]

There are many other different types of synthetic labels, which are either supplied on rolls or sheets. Two common roll materials are vinyl and polypropylene. The latter is available in White, Clear and Silver although this is not all by any means.

View our stock range of A4 weatherproof labels online.