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Old 11-10-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
Oct 2010
Longmont, Colorado
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Is there a particular paper stock that works best for bottle labels? Thanks in advance for any response.

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Old 11-10-2010, 10:01 AM   #2
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Basically I just use regular printer paper. The way I do it is I print out single full sheet of labels - I fit 6 on a page. This is printed at the highest quality setting my printer allows. I take that to my local print shop and get color laser copies, which are the labels I put on my bottles. The reason I do it this way is regular home inkjet ink will run if it gets wet from condensation or whatever. The laser copies are indelible. The laser ink stiffens up the paper just a bit as well.

I stick the labels on with Dennison GluStic, which holds well enough but is easy to remove with a brief soak in water. Someone here said they glue their labels on with milk but I haven't tried that.
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:10 PM   #3
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My home printer ink will run if I get some milk on the ink, I use the one at work and it doesn't run so it depends on the printer. Both use regular printer paper and I've used both and apply them with milk, it works great.
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:40 PM   #4
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I use 3 x 4 shipping labels that are like stickers. I print them on my ink jet. They don't seem to run when they get wet as long as I don't rub them. Eventually since I will bottle the same stuff in the bottles and the labels don't need to change I am going to put a layer of clear laminate over them to hopefully seal them against any moisture.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:41 PM   #5
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Excellent. 'Preciate it!

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:44 PM   #6
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:53 PM   #7
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a little clear spray Krylon works wonders on your inkjet output. No runs when refrigerated. However, if you're going to dunk these in an ice chest and carry them to a friend's - I suggest color laser - Kinko's style.

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Old 10-07-2012, 08:51 PM   #8
Oct 2012
Geneva, IL
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I have used labels from MyOwnLabels, great designs, but difficult to remove when washing the bottles, I'd rather use an easier to remove adhesive (like milk I suppose), but is there a design site to get nice looking labels like I can generate at the commercial vendor?

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:42 PM   #9
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I tried some label paper I bought a my LHBS - it works pretty well. It's gummed and sticks okay, but does run when it gets wet.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:41 AM   #10
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It does mostly depend on the type of ink that your printer uses. I had an HP DeskJet that ran without fail at the slightest drop of water. However, both my wife's Epson NX420 and my Canon ip2600 have color-fast inks that do not run when wet. The type of paper comes into play as well -- if it's glossy, then generally it will be more run-prone.

That being said, this is a page of label stock that I use regularly. I do my own layouts & stuff when I'm creating a sheet for printing, but most of my individual label work these days happens over at Beer Labelizer.
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