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Old 04-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default Need Water Proof Labels!

I’ve googled, I’ve searched here, and I still can not find a clear answer. I need labels that will stand up to hours in coolers. Is there a paper out there that I can print on that will do this? Perhaps peel and stick labels? I went to OfficeMax last Friday and found some perfect size peel and stick type but wasn’t sure if they would stand up to the water and cold. Didn’t want to spend $38 if they weren’t going to work. Please help if you can. Thanks.

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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I think all real waterproof labels have a clear masking over top after the paper has been printed.

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Wow, so I just got an estimate on waterproof labels from a local shop. This is the email I got back. "100 of these printed at3x4 inches onto a waterproof, adhesive backed material & die-cut will be $90 + tax. It will take 3-4 days to turn-around." That is crazy in my opinion.

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Make up a code to put on the caps. BA = blonde ale, GP = German Pilsner, etc. Put a cheat sheet next to the cooler so people know what they are taking. Midwest Supplies sells colored caps, which could serve the same purpose.

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If you cant find a digital friendly vinyl stock the next think I would try is a cast coated. I work at a print shop and we have produced short run wine labels with cast coated pressure sensitive where a flood varnish was cost prohibitive. Worth a shot if you can buy 1 sheet form a local print shop and test it

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I used Sticker Paper (30 sheets for like 14$ at staples- i can put about 6 labels on each sheet) and they are water resistant-- appear to be at least.

EDIT: Second though I don't actually think they're water resistant, sorry.

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I have used clear acrylic gloss spray sealer from the arts & crafts supply stores on inkjet Avery labels and it seems to weatherproof them pretty well.

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Thanks everyone. Its funny to me that I have come this far and the thing I'm having the most trouble with is finding something for the labels. Grrr.
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Michael, did that keep the paper from falling apart if it got wet?

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Michael, did that keep the paper from falling apart if it got wet?
I use the 3/4" round labels on caps, and have found that they hold up to splashing. I haven't stress tested them with continuous dunking, nor with larger side labels, but it's worth a try. Do it in a well ventilated area, as the spray fumes are pretty obnoxious.
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