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What is the best label material to write on?

Labels are the perfect way to add extra information to something, particularly service labels, PAT testing labels, or when a date needs to be added to something. Use this guide to find out more about the range of different label materials to write onto, and what may work best for your application. 

Matt paper is a standard option for labels that need to be written on.

The best label material for writing on with pencils and crayons is definitely matt paper. This can be particularly problematic when using pencils. Gloss synthetic materials such as gloss polypropylene is definitely a material to avoid with ballpoint pens. This is because the matt texture is able to hold ink much more successfully than a gloss synthetic surface.

Labels compatible with Permanent Markers Permanent markers have the ability to write onto a range of non-synthetic labels and synthetic labels . As permanent markers have a much thicker tip than biros or pencils, the ink is able to be transferred much more successfully.

Write and Seal Labels are a popular option.

Just because a label needs to be written onto, doesn’t mean that it can’t be durable. This is a specialist option in which a plastic layer is only part stuck to the base material, enabling you to write onto the label material, such as paper. Then a backing paper can be removed and the rest of the laminate adhered to the label, creating a highly durable seal.

What is the best label to write on?

There are a range of options for any application and use-case, with some providing a more bespoke solution, but typically we recommend one of two options. If your label needs to be durable, we would suggest a write and seal matt synthetic label. If your label isn't being exposed to any sort of harsh conditions, and is just being applied to a normal surface such as a box or paper sheet, then a standard matt paper is likely to meet your needs well. These labels can cope with typical office use, and are quick, easy and cost effective.

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