Pros and Cons of Lexan® Labels

img_PolyLabelsIf you desire a great looking label, look no further than Lexan®. Any designer will confirm that texture adds a richness to design of any kind. Lexan® is a polycarbonate belonging to a group of thermoplastic polymers.  The labels are usually reverse printed on the rear side. This gives the printed image added protection from abrasion and fingerprints.

The Lexan® materials we stock have a velvet texture on the surface. There is very little glare and while the texture may appear matte, it is very unique in appearance. Commonly seen on everything from exercise equipment panels to appliances, Lexan® labeling is rich-looking. Colors can appear slightly muted but rather than take away from the overall appearance, in my opinion, it enhances it.

We stock a 10 mil thick Lexan® for reverse printing with digital UV inkjet. It comes without an adhesive which is an advantage. Most label stocks come with adhesive already on the rear side direct from the material manufacturer. When using a non-adhesive backed material we have total flexibility to add the appropriate 3M adhesive for your application. This polycarbonate only comes in clear so all color, including backgrounds, must be printed.

There are 3 considerations when specifying 10 mil Lexan® for your labels. One, this material is more costly than a vinyl or polyester. Two, the color may not be as solid or opaque since the base material is clear. Third, the labels may discolor over time when exposed to UV light.

To address these concerns, we often suggest an alternative that provides labels with the exact same look of a pure Lexan® label. An outstanding alternative is our 5 mil Velvet Lexan® overlaminate. We print on an adhesive-backed, solid white, silver or clear vinyl or polyester and then overlaminate the label with 5 mil Lexan®.

This laminate has excellent heat stability and resistance to scratches. It is rated 5 year UV stable with UV inhibitors to prolong the color of the graphics.

The suggested temperature range of both the 10 mil Lexan® and the 5 mil Lexan® overlaminate is -40F to 212F.

If within your budget, Lexan® labels go beyond product identification. They make quite an impression.

If we can be of assistance, please let us know!

Susan Willens