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How To Apply Aluminum Labels, Tags, Decals

April 6th, 2015 by

Aluminum labels are great for use in extreme conditions.  But the longevity of a label has a lot to do with how the label is applied.

Aluminum is a soft metal and will bend easily – care must be taken when removing aluminum labels from their liner AND when applying them to your product.  Bent aluminum labels will retain the shape of the bend and may not lie flat when adhered to a surface (seen below).  This label was peeled “up” away from the liner.  (This surface is powder coated aluminum.)

Bent Aluminum Label with Fingerprint, Removed Incorrectly

Bent Aluminum Label with Fingerprint, Removed Incorrectly from Liner

Here are some tips on how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label and applying the label to the surface of your product.

• Hands must be clean & dry

• The surface that the label will adhere to needs to be clean & dry

• Peel LINER away from labels,  do not peel labels “up” from liner (see video below)

•  If you peel the aluminum label away from the liner, the aluminum will bend “up” and may not adhere to the surface correctly

• These labels are NOT   REPOSITIONABLE.  The positioning of the label needs to be exact when applying because the pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive is very aggressive. Repositioning labels that have already been attached to a surface will bend the aluminum, twist the label, and degrade the adhesive.

Here’s a short video that shows you how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label.

Alum Label Drake Ind

Bent Aluminum Label, Removed Incorrectly from Liner

Bent Aluminum Label, Removed Incorrectly from Liner

 

If you have any questions, or need a quote for durable labels, please give us a call at 800.531.5073 or send an email to quotes@drake.com.

We look forward to hearing about your project!

Applying Aluminum Labels

August 12th, 2014 by

 

Bent aluminum labels may not adhere correctly to surfaces

Bent aluminum labels may not adhere correctly to surfaces

Aluminum labels are great for use in extreme conditions.  Aluminum is a soft metal and will bend easily.  Bent aluminum labels will retain the shape of the bend an may not lie flat when adhered to a surface.  Here are some tips on how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label.

Here’s a short video that shows you how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label.

Alum Label Drake Ind

• Make sure hands are clean

• Make sure the surface is clean

• The adhesive is very aggressive so the positioning needs to be exact when applying. Repositioning labels that have already been attached to a surface will bend the aluminum.

• Peel LINER away from labels,  do not peel labels “up” from liner. (video)  The aluminum is soft and will bend up.

If you have any questions, or need a quote for durable labels, please give us a call at 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com.

Extend the Life of Your Labels

February 7th, 2013 by

Label storage is a simple and extremely cost-effective way to extend the life of your labels.  All it takes is a temperature-controlled room (60 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) and a plastic bag.

Labels should be stored out of direct sunlight in airtight bags or containers.

Labels should be stored out of direct sunlight in airtight bags or containers.

Simply place the sheets or rolls of labels inside the plastic bag. Sealing the bag isn’t necessary. Folding the bag under the label sheets or pushing the bag into the roll are acceptable, as long as air doesn’t circulate around the labels.  Keep the labels out of the sun, and there you have it.

Why a plastic bag?  Keeping the labels in a clean environment prevents tiny dust particles from collecting around the edges of a label.  These particles can give the edges a dirty appearance. A temperature-controlled area is necessary because heat affects the viscosity of the adhesive.  Labels exposed to heat will stick to one another, making a sticky mess of a roll of labels.

Take these simple steps to store your labels properly, and they will last for years.

Quick Fix for Sticking to Smooth Surfaces

February 7th, 2013 by

Flame Corona (200 x 150)

You’ve applied your label to a smooth, plastic surface, and for whatever reason, it just won’t stay put. This scenario is not uncommon. An interesting phenomenon sometimes occurs when applying labels to low surface energy (LSE) surfaces like plastic: labels just won’t stick.

If you could look through a microscope, you would see oils from the plastic substrate left over from the manufacturing process. These oils interfere with the label adhesive’s ability to grab to the surface of the plastic. That’s why cleaning the surface with alcohol won’t do the trick.

Instead, treat the surface with a corona or open flame. The flame will evaporate any surface oils. It will also microscopically roughen the surface, allowing the label to stick.

Of course, there are also particular LSE adhesives that work well on plastic surfaces. Request an LSE adhesive the next time you place an order for labels intended for plastic surfaces.