Top tips for applying labels
It’s not difficult to apply Avery WePrint labels. But depending on what you’re labelling, it can require some skill. So if you need to stick labels to a surface that is not flat, getting your labels smooth and straight can take a bit of practice.
Fortunately, Avery WePrint labels use a special adhesive that allows for re-positioning before it takes hold. You can even re-position on paper and thin plastic bags, as well as smooth surfaces like glass and plastic.
Generally speaking, the smaller the label, the simpler it is to apply. But with the quality and thickness of Avery WePrint labels, they do not flop onto the surface, making it much easier to achieve a smooth surface without ridges or bubbles.
Whether you’re labelling glass bottles, jam jars, plastic bottles, bags or cardboard boxes, here are our top tips to help you get them on right.
Choose your container carefully
Some bottles and jars have lips or ridges. These can get in the way or limit the surface area available for your labels.
Be wary of jars and bottles that taper. While these types of containers can be OK with small round labels, they may not work for rectangular, plaque, straight oval or even oval labels.
Get the shape and size right
Carefully measure the area available for your label. And then measure it again to be sure!
A tailor’s tape measure is more accurate for measuring the circumference of bottles and jars than a stiff tape measure or ruler.
Before you start
Make sure your bottles are clean, dry and room temperature. Also make sure your hands are clean. The surface for your labels should be dry and free of oil, dust or rust. If the surface is clean, give it a final wipe with a clean dry cloth or paper towel.
For bottles and round jars
There are several different techniques for applying labels to bottles and you can choose the one that suits you. The challenge is getting the label horizontally straight on a rounded surface.
Start by laying the bottle or jar sideways onto the work surface. Then affix a side edge of the label and smooth it round.
To make sure you get the label straight and, if you’re labelling lots of bottles, in a uniform position, you can:
- Lie each bottle on a sheet of paper with guidelines
- Use fixed blocks of wood or a single block of wood with markings
- Lie the bottle next to a bottle that’s already labelled to use it as a guide
- If the bottle or jar has a seam, this can be useful to help get the label straight, but do not try to put the front label over a seam.
Labeling boxes and bags
If labelling lightweight boxes, simply affix the labels while they are flat, before folding them into boxes. For paper and plastic bags, make sure the surface is smooth and flat before you stick on the label.
CD, DVD and Blu-ray labels
It can be tricky to line up the round edge and hole in the middle. If you’ve got a lot to label, consider investing in an Avery CD/DVD label applicator.
Take extra care with clear labels
With clear labels, you have to be careful you don’t leave fingerprints as well as air bubbles. Always handle the edges to avoid fingerprints. Once on, press and smooth out towards the edges to remove any air underneath.
Allow time for adhesion
Your labels should achieve maximum adhesion after X hours. If possible, it’s best not to move them around or put them in damp, hot or cold conditions until the adhesive has had a chance to fully bond.