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#1 Posted : 10/17/2019 9:15:36 PM(EST)
bbdesigns

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I usually print car decals for a local HS, i would love to just print the picture of my creation and print it on labels instead of using Oracal 651 Vinyl, printing out and weeding each color...they hold up great & are weather resistant, but so much easier if I could print and go. is there a way to do this with these labels?
#2 Posted : 10/20/2019 8:49:36 AM(EST)
Dave Carmany


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Most car window stickers or car decals are printed using silk screen printers with UV resistant ink and a UV laminate to help reduce fading due to sun exposure. It's not an easy process to replicate at a reasonable budget or with a typical desktop laser or inkjet printer. Most companies that offer custom printed labels are running a large press dedicated to screen printing and are capable of producing stickers at extremely high volumes. I'm unaware of a similar printing process that would be available at a scale that is suitable for smaller businesses or at-home printing.

I am not sure what type of printer you have - laser printer or inkjet printer. The problem with inkjet printing for this type of application is that the ink itself won't have UV resistant capabilities and that it's ultimately left exposed on the surface of the labels. The inkjet topcoating featured on our weatherproof glossy label material does an excellent job of protecting against contact with moisture, but direct and consistent exposure to sunlight will cause the ink to fade over time. The effects of consistent UV exposure can be limited to some degree by using a UV protective spray like the Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Coating, but this will likely just delay the rate at which the labels fade rather than make them fade-resistant permanently.

You may want to consider doing some testing with laser printing. Some of the same issues are still there - namely, that the toner from a laser printer will still be left exposed and unprotected from UV exposure when in direct exposure to sunlight. I do expect that toner will hold up considerably longer in direct sunlight than ink from a desktop inkjet printer. If you have access to a laser printer for testing purposes I'd recommend trying our weatherproof vinyl laser material. This material is typically meant for labeling chemical drums for maritime shipping applications, so it's one of the more durable options that we provide. You can view the full sheet configuration in this material type at the link below:

https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/OL3536LV.htm

If you're interested in trying this product you can request a few free sample sheets at the following link:

https://www.onlinelabels.com/general/SamplesSelectItems.aspx

The weatherproof vinyl laser material will probably offer the best solution for labels that will be exposed to consistent and direct sunlight, but it is important to note that they are not likely to provide a permanent solution to the problem. Fading will still likely occur after enough exposure, though I do expect that they'll last for a while longer than comparable inkjet products.

I hope this information is helpful.

Dave C.
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