Custom labels, typically, have the following parts:
• Lamination. This is top layer and optional. Lamination adds to the cost of a label and is generally only used when the application requires special durability. This lamination (sometimes called an “overlamination”) is clear and typically made from clear polyester, acrylic or polypropylene. In most cases, the lamination is glossy and the lamination is not writable.
• Base Material. This is the main label component (and is often called the custom label’s “face stock”). Paper is most common, but other base materials include vinyl, paper, polypropylene and polyester.
• Adhesive. The next layer is the adhesive layer. Common adhesives are either solvent-based (more costly and, generally, better performing) or water-based (more affordable). The range of adhesive choices can quickly become rather daunting – so please call up our LabelLab
experts if you want to learn more.
• Liner. The bottom layer is [most often] a throw-away paper liner. The liner has a “release coat” on one side that allows the liner to be removed from the adhesive easily.