Clear labels are here to stay. They not only create a professional no-label look for your products, but also allow customers to sneak a peek and see your product through its packaging. But clear labels can be tricky to apply. There are many different ways to apply clear labels on products, and the most important part is making sure the labels are correctly aligned and secured. In this article, we will discuss some of the best strategies for applying clear labels on products.
1. Choosing the right adhesive
The first step in applying clear labels is to choose the right adhesive. There are several different types of adhesives available, and it’s important to choose one that will work well with the type of surface you’re labeling. If in doubt, choose a permanent adhesive. This will stick to most flat surfaces, is waterproof and will last even outdoors.
2. Preparing the surface for labeling
Once you’ve chosen the right adhesive, it’s important to prepare the surface for labeling. Before applying the label, it’s important to clean the surface. This will remove any dirt or dust that may prevent the adhesive from sticking properly. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the surface and make sure it’s completely dry before applying the label. If you are using your labels for jars, put them in the dishwasher before.
3. Applying the label correctly
Once the surface is clean and dry, it’s time to apply the label. Peel off the backing and place the label in the desired location. If it’s not positioned perfectly, don’t worry – you can still adjust it before it dries. Use a ruler or a straight edge to help ensure that the label is aligned properly. Then, press down on the label firmly with your fingers or a blunt object until the adhesive sticks to the surface.
4. Securing and protecting the label
Once the label is in place, you can use a clear sealant or a UV-resistant coating to protect it from fading or peeling. This will keep your labels looking professional and new for years to come. But even if you do not want to do this, be sure to let the label sit on the surface for at least 24 hours. This is especially important for something like drinks labels that will quickly come in contact with water.
5. Troubleshooting common problems
If you experience any problems while applying your custom labels, such as bubbles or wrinkles, here are a few tips for troubleshooting:
- Try re-positioning the label until it’s aligned correctly
- Gently smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles with your fingers or a credit card
- Use a squeegee to apply your labels like a pro
- Apply heat with a hair dryer if necessary
Clear labels are a great way to give your products a professional look. By following these tips, you can ensure that your labels are applied correctly and will last for years to come. Do you have more tips we can include? Let us know in the comments.