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The Write Stuff: Handwriting on Labels

If you plan on handwriting on your labels, choosing the right material can go a long way towards improving your success. Here are some tips to help you keep your favorite pen’s ink on the label instead of your sleeve:

  1. Determine what is an acceptable dry time–are you looking for something that’s almost instantly drying or are no smudges after 20-30 seconds acceptable?
  2. Different styles and brands of pen make a difference. Solvent and alcohol-based inks dry much quicker than water based versions such as gel pens. Figuring out what type of pen you are most likely to use will can make a difference on what type of material makes sense.
  3. Keep in mind what sort of finish you are looking for. Uncoated, followed by matte coated materials typically dry the easiest without smudging. Gloss looks nice, but can be challenging for ink adhesion. As a rule, matte finishes are usually much more ink receptive than a gloss finish on the same material.
  4. Paper labels typically perform better than synthetic and film materials with regards to dry and smudge tests. That said if you need a durable option, we carry synthetic materials that are formulated to be “smudge proof.”
  5. Does your writing need to be protected? We offer custom write & seal labels, that include a lamination layer that folds down and seals in the handwriting. Perfect for when you need extra durability or to prevent tampering to the writing.

If you have questions about how to address your specific handwriting needs, please feel free to reach out to the Label Application Specialists here at Coast Label.