Preventing Label Peeling and Curling Issues in the Labeling Industry

Labels that peel or curl after application can be a common issue in the labeling industry. Here are some fixes and preventive measures you can take to address this problem:

1. Surface Preparation:

Ensure that the surface where the label is applied is clean and free from dust, oil, or any contaminants. Use a mild cleaning solution if necessary and allow it to dry completely before applying the label.

2. Label Material Selection:

Choose label materials that are suitable for the surface and environmental conditions. For example, if the product is exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures, use labels designed to withstand such conditions.

3. Label Adhesive:

Make sure you’re using the right adhesive for your labels. Permanent adhesives are ideal for most applications, but if your labels need to be removed later, consider using removable or repositionable adhesives. We suggest using aggressive adhesive for the following, narrow tubes such as containers and blunt tubes, refrigerator/freezer products, and any label using soft touch lamination.

4. Application Technique:

Apply labels smoothly and evenly, avoiding air bubbles and wrinkles. Use a label applicator for consistent and precise placement.

5. Pressure and Contact Time:

Ensure that you apply enough pressure to the label to create a strong bond with the surface. You can use a roller or your hand to press the label firmly onto the product. Allow the label to adhere for a recommended “dwell time” before moving the product.

6. Label Size and Shape:

The shape and size of the label can affect how it adheres. If possible, choose label shapes that minimize edges or corners that might lift.  

7. Storage Conditions:

Store labels in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Exposure to extreme temperature and humidity changes can affect label performance. 

8. Use Over-Laminate or Varnish:

Applying an over-laminate or varnish to the label can protect it from moisture and physical damage, reducing the chances of peeling and curling. Suggested for soft touch lamination to order labels with aggressive adhesive material.

9. Quality Control:

Implement a quality control process to inspect labels before they are applied to products. This can help catch any issues with labels before they reach the production line.

10. Environmental Factors:

Be aware of the environmental conditions where the labeled products will be stored or used. Extreme temperature fluctuations or exposure to humidity can impact label adhesion.

If labels continue to peel or curl despite these measures, it may be worthwhile to consult with us as your label supplier or a labeling expert to identify specific issues related to your label material, adhesive, or application process.