Here at Frontier Label, we make all of our products with materials that have pressure sensitive adhesive. That means that there is no need for anything but to apply some pressure against the label as it is applied to whatever surface you choose.
With our adhesives being pressure sensitive, sometimes it is necessary to sustain pressure slightly after the application of the label to ensure that the adhesive has proper time to set up. All of our materials have a solvent based adhesive, which means that it takes a little bit of time for the adhesive to reach full strength. Gum-based adhesives are full strength immediately, but are usually not as strong in the long term.
We recommend making sure that any surface to which you apply labels is thoroughly cleaned. If you sense oils or dirt, try cleaning the surface with something like rubbing alcohol that won’t leave residue. You can test for oily substances on your product surface by wiping a piece of plain printer paper or notebook paper over the surface and giving it about an hour or two to sit. If there is a greasy looking spot on the paper, you know you need to clean the surface.
Any oils or other substances on the surface can cause the solvent adhesive to adhere improperly. If the surface is wet, that can interfere with the bonding process as well.
We also recommend that you apply the custom labels or stickers to a flat, smooth and hard surface. The principle that makes ridged, non-stick surfaces work, can work against your labels when it comes to sticking. The elevation changes can cause a smaller amount of the solvent to adhere to the surface. Less contact is less permanence and the less strength of the bond.
If you have any questions about how to help make sure your labels adhere properly, feel free to call us at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” Link at the bottom of this page.