Which Adhesive is Best for your Application?

At Custom Labels Ltd we are proud to offer some of the most durable label solutions available. Our under-surface printed tags are suitable for the harshest of environments and are comparable in specification with over-priced metal alternatives. Our Ultimate Asset Tag is printed under-surface, but we can also offer this type of label as durable fascia’s, labels for machine membranes, or also Peli/flight case label for those in the AV industry. All of these options can be produced with cut-outs, windows, or adhesive free areas, and can also be printed with any logo, sequential information, or QR code.

The tags are printed on the reverse side of either a thick Mark-Resistant Vinyl, Autotex Polyester, or Polycarbonate top layer. This process makes the ink impossible to reach without excessive force and protects against chemicals/abrasion. We then add a choice of industry standard adhesives, including some from the well-known 3M brand. Our range is listed below – which is most suitable for your application?

  • 3M 467 – From the popular 3M 200MP range, this adhesive is best used for smooth surfaces. Examples of this could be glossy plastics, such as PC monitors. The strength of this adhesive is unyielding and it is our best performing option when left to cure over a long period of time (weeks – months)


  • 3M 468 – Again from the 3M 200MP range, this is a thicker version of the above. It is best used for applications that have rough surfaces. The thicker adhesive will sink into the textured surface to enable excellent long-term adhesion. Again, this adhesive provides a strong bond and is our best performing option when left over a long period of time.


  • 3M 300LSE – Solvent-free, this adhesive has a higher initial-tack and has a shorter curing time when compared with 3M 467/3M 468. It is perfect for applying to low-surface energy plastics, such as Polypropylene/Polyethylene that have little texture, thus less ‘grab’.


  • FLEXcon – A great general-purpose adhesive that has strong adhesion to much types of surfaces. This is popular as it has a stronger initial tack and takes less time to cure compared to 3M 467/468.


The 3M adhesives are loved due to their excellent quality and consistency. They also have a great resistance to chemicals and a very wide temperate range. If you require any further information, or would like specification sheets on any of them, then we will be happy to provide you with this.

If you are interested in the Ultimate Asset Tag, then we have our own design-your-own feature enabling you to easily order your customised tag in minutes. If you are looking for anything more technical, such as a fascia’s, labels for machine membranes, or Peli/flight labels, then please do not hesitate to contact us. You can do this via email sales@customlabels.co.uk or telephone 01278 433800, alternatively you can fill out our enquiry form and a member of our sales team will get back to you.