What are the different types of adhesive label?

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There are two basic types of sticker adhesive: permanent and removable. Each type can be made from a variety of materials; the choice of material depends on the surface to be labeled, the conditions the label will have to withstand, the required longevity of the label and its purpose. The most popular types of sticker adhesives are acrylic, rubber, and water-based.

If a label is exposed to a very humid environment, such as a freezer, refrigerator, or refrigerator, water-based adhesives are not practical. They break and labels can fall off products regardless of the surface they are applied to. Water-based adhesives should only be used in dry environments.

Adhesives composed primarily of rubber are preferred for their tackiness. They are subject to failure when exposed to ultraviolet rays for long periods of time. If the labels are not exposed to sunlight, this type of adhesive works well.

Acrylic based bonding agents are easy to work with during application as they can be easily moved. Once the acrylic glue dries, however, the bond is permanent. This type of label adhesive is suitable for long-lasting products that need labels to withstand time and frequent handling.

Depending on the surface to be labeled and the lifespan required for the label, there are six types of adhesives commonly used. Some types can be purchased at stationery stores or office supply stores. Other more specialized labels and stickers must be ordered based on the specifications of the items to be labeled.

The six main types of adhesive labels include permanent, removable, ultra tear-off, freezer or ice correction, high tack and static tack. Before choosing a sticker sticker, many factors must be considered. These include the size of the label, the texture of the facade to be labeled, and the level of mobility required; some, such as retail labels, must be removed at some point, and others, such as shipping labels, may be left untouched indefinitely.

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If a label is glued on with the intention that it will never be removed, or if only a solvent is going to remove it, it is called permanent. In some cases, before a tag reaches permanent status, it has a short period of time before it can be moved. These labels are often called repositionable.

A tear-off label is just that: it can be easily detached. The outer surface is not damaged and no adhesive residue is left behind. Typically, this type of label can be used two or three times and does not lose its tackiness. An ultra tear-off label is popularly used on book covers and glass, where no residue is acceptable. These stickers can only be used once, before the sticker disappears.

For labels that will be exposed to freezing temperatures, freezer or frost fix adhesives are preferred. They withstand extreme cold without peeling or cracking. If a label is required to securely adhere to a dirty, warped or rough surface, a high tack glue is required. Static adhesive labels do not use a traditional adhesive, but rather cling to very smooth surfaces, such as glass, using only a static charge.

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