Getting the adhesive right is essential to ensure your labels & stickers don't lift and look bad, giving your brand a bad image.
Luckily, there are only three categories of adhesive to pick from; removable, permanent, and high-tack.
For each adhesive, we have listed suitable materials each will stick on below.
(only suitable for very short-term applications)
- Painted plastic surfaces where you're worried about peeling paint
- Galvanized or powder-coated metal
- Plastic bottles or tubs (ABS, PET/PETE/polyester plastics)
- Low energy plastic (polypropylene and polyethylene) (water bucket, wheelie bin, MX fairings)
As the list above shows, the permanent adhesive will be suitable most of the time. If in doubt, we recommend going permanent or speaking to your supplier. Most will be able to send you a sample to test for minimal cost.
Tip: if you want stickers for handouts or to sell individually, choose a permanent adhesive. It the best all-rounder and won't go ruining anything they're stuck to.