Need help finding high-quality inkjet glossy label paper

Discussion in 'Inkjet Paper' started by Mars, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Mars

    Mars New Member

    Apr 2017
    Austin, TX

    I'm hoping some of the experts here will be able to give me some advice.

    I print relatively small labels (~ 3" x 4" and 3" x 1") that are applied to ABS plastic (video game cartridges). For years I had been using 8 1/2" x 11" inkjet sheets, which had my label designs die cut into the paper. This worked out great, as the paper label material resulted in a high-gloss output, was fairly thick, with vibrant, accurate colors.

    Then one day the paper mill changed the paper. I didn't know this until I ordered another 1,000 sheets, printed a sheet of labels, and was wondering what the heck was going on. The new paper was thinner, had a much duller gloss, and worst, colors were way off and washed out. Black in particular prints as not a deep black as it previously was, but as a dark gray. Cannot get an accurate red out of this paper, either. And, probably due to its thinner nature, labels tend to peel up on the edges (especially in areas of heavier ink).

    I've tried several printers (including high-end inkjets from Epson and Canon), and they all result in the same, poor output.

    While I sometimes order large runs of labels from third-parties, I need the ability to print labels for custom projects from my customers. Sometimes I need to print a single label, other times short runs of up to a hundred labels.

    I have requested samples from many different companies, and it seems most everyone is using this same type of inkjet paper now. And if not that, I've had people send me even worse paper.

    I am desperately looking for a high-quality inkjet stock that I can have die-cut and then print myself. Ideally from the same company (that is, they stock the paper and can cut it for me after I purchase a die).

    Thanks in advance for your help!!

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