We can’t stress enough the importance of using the right inkjet label for your printer, because of the sensitivity of inkjet printers to water. To explain inkjet printing in the simplest way, we’ll say that inkjet printer sprays ink onto a label through tiny nozzles and these microscopic spots of ink create an image. They smear easily if there’s water present, so it helps when the label is coated with a type of top coating that holds the ink in.
If you’re using paper label, make sure it’s smooth and has a waxy coating. Otherwise it will smudge and curve, so you’ll waste the money spent on that order. Coated paper will allow labels to go through inkjet printers twice, which results in a visually more striking, better-resolution image on the label.
Type of stocks most commonly used for inkjet labels are:
• White coated gloss or semi-gloss paper
• White coated matte paper
• Fluorescent labels
• Water-resistant vinyl labels
• Clear polyester film
Most of these labels can be made with either permanent or removable adhesives, depending on how durable and “long-term” you want your labels to be. Permanent adhesives are usually chosen for labels with a longer shelf life. Inkjet labels’ life span on the average is 10 – 15 years.
Many of these inkjet labels can also be printed using laser printers, but top coating them and printing them with inkjet printers guarantee a photo-finish quality that cannot be matched.