Polyester vs. Vinyl: When to Use Which Self-Laminating Label

product labelVarious industries are no strangers to the different types of labels, including self-laminating labels. These are used to protect the printed area from exposure to elements like oil, water, solvents, and abrasion. They come in polyester and vinyl materials, but do you know which one to use for which application?

For flat surfaces

Both polyester and vinyl labels can be used for flat surfaces, particularly in UV light, oil, water and chemical-resistant environments. If you need to colour code in any of these environments, it is better to use vinyl labels. For environments that are susceptible to heat and cold, use polyester labels.

For curved surfaces

Curved surfaces require label materials that are more flexible. Hence, self-laminating vinyl labels must be used in all environments—hot, cold, oil, water and chemical. It is also perfect for colour coding. Other than that, vinyl labels have the highest levels of precision.

For textured surfaces

Again, you can also use vinyl labels on textured surfaces on most environments because of their versatility and durability. However, if you are dealing with textured surfaces within hot or cold environments, you had better use self-laminating polyester labels instead due to their rigidity that offers high industrial performance. Polyesters have more polished finish than vinyl.

For cables and wires

Vinyl labels are mostly appropriate for cables and wires exposed to various conditions. Aside from offering moisture, vinyl labels are chemical-resistant. Hence, they can be used for both indoor and outdoor cables and wires, particularly those that are handled and moved frequently.

The right self-laminating labels generally depend on the surface and condition of the environment. It is better to assess your labelling needs first before you buy either polyester or vinyl labels.