How to Waterproof Labels

Written by brenda priddy
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How to Waterproof Labels
Waterproof spray is an excellent way to coat an already fixed label. (warranty warning label image by drx from

Most labels are made from peel-and-stick materials to make it easy to print and apply the label to nearly any object. Because most labels are paper, they can become damaged with water exposure. Preventing this problem is easy when you waterproof the labels. There are two ways to waterproof labels. One way uses packing tape and the other method uses a waterproof label spray. Both methods work equally well, but it may be difficult to find label waterproofing spray outside of a label-specific store. This project will take about five minutes per label sheet.

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Things you need

  • Waterproof label spray
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer

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    Place the label sheet onto a clean, flat surface before you remove the labels from the sheet.

  2. 2

    Tape the corners of the label sheet to the flat surface to secure it.

  3. 3

    Pull a long piece of packing tape from the packing tape roll. Stick the tape about 1 inch from the top of the sheet to the flat surface.

  4. 4

    Pull the packing tape across the top of the label sheet, using the side of your hand to pull the tape evenly and smoothly over the surface of the labels. Stick the tape beyond the bottom edge of the sheet by about 1 inch. Repeat for the rest of the sheet until it is entirely covered in packing tape. Overlap the edges slightly by the smallest margin possible.

  5. 5

    Use a paper trimmer to cut off a tiny portion of each side of the label sheet to even the tape placement on all sides.

  1. 1

    Use the label waterproofing spray to apply to labels that are already fixed to objects. Make sure the object is clean and free of dust before spraying.

  2. 2

    Spray the surface of the label with the waterproofing spray, making sure to spray about 6 inches away from the surface of the label and coat it evenly. Do not allow the spray to drip.

  3. 3

    Wait 15 minutes for the spray to dry before packing or using the objects. You can also use this method to spray entire sheets of labels.

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