FAQ Time: Chemical Resistant Labels—What Works?

One of the top questions we get from new customers is, ‘Do you have labels that will survive XYZ chemical?’ After all, no one wants to fork over the dough for high quality labels only to have THIS happen (note: image pictured is NOT of a chemical resistant label!):
What happens when chemicals spill on your label...
Fortunately, we have a LOT of chemical resistant labels that are capable of handling exposure to harsh agents and staying intact. Here are the top 13 we get asked about and labels we typically recommend if you’re labeling objects that may come into contact with them.*
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Chemicals like Bleach, IPA, MEK, Hydrochloric Acid, and Acetone can wreak havoc on run of the mill labels. But they’re no match for our ChemDefend labels! ChemDefend’s specialized thermal transfer print allows important text and barcodes to stay intact longer if exposed to chemical agents.**
Laboratories’ important patient information must survive testing processes, freezing temperatures, and exposure to substances like Ethanol, DMSO, Formalin, and Toluene. All chemicals our trademarked CryoLabel® materials are ready to stand up to. We even have special slide labels that are formulated to work well with Xylene.
In the automotive industry, contact with Gasoline, Diesel, and Brake Fluid may deteriorate label print. Luckily we have a whole suite of automotive and OEM ready label options on hand!
Is the chemical your label may be exposed to not listed here? Reach out to The Label Experts and we’ll help create a customized label that will work for your unique situation!
*It’s always a good idea to talk directly to a member of our team before deciding on labels to purchase. The suggestions in this blog are broad recommendations, and don’t account for everything in your particular labeling situation. The surface you’re labeling and the conditions of its environment, as well as incidental chemical exposure, can all drastically impact what type of label will work best for you.
**As with all of our labels, we recommend testing ChemDefend before buying. The recommendations here are not a guarantee of suitability. Always test the label in the environment it will be used in, against the harsh agents it may be exposed to, to ascertain that it will work for your specific situation.