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What makes a label weatherproof?

12 May 2022

Weatherproof labels are resistant to all forms of weather conditions. When designed for outdoor or rugged use, the materials used must be reliable and perform under even the most extreme conditions.

DEPENDING ON the application, weatherproof labels can be made from several different materials or undergo processes that aid their weatherproofing properties. Three of the most popular types of weatherproof labels are:

Plastic Labels

Plastic labels are a cost-effective method for achieving weatherproofing and are particularly popular for exterior product warning labels. In addition, we have tested all our materials and inks to ANSI specifications for UV durability, guaranteeing legibility for a minimum of five years.

Anodised Aluminium Labels

The anodising process – which involves electrically charging aluminium with a sulphuric acid solution to open the pores of the metal – allows for ink to be printed into the aluminium before sealing in, rather than just onto the surface providing a more durable finish. Anodised labels are an excellent choice for weatherproof applications as the ink cannot be worn away by exposure to the elements.

Screen or Digitally Printed Domed Labels

Domed labels can be screen or digitally printed onto plastic or aluminium. The labels are then covered with a clear, high gloss polyurethane resin, giving the label its domed effect. Domed labels have UV stability, making them ideal for outdoor applications where exposure to sunlight is a concern.

GSM’s weatherproof labels are available as self-adhesive or with fixing holes, allowing for versatile adhesion to any outdoor surface or equipment.

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