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    Default Weatherproof Labeling

    I found a company that sells weatherproof, outdoor rated labels. The labels are similar to Avery labels and are on a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" and are available for laser or inkjet printers. I kind of think the laser label would work better but that is my opinion. I bought 100 sheets with 40 each 2" x 1" labels per sheet. When means I bought 4000 blank labels for $54.90. I have attached a template for 16 channel controllers. There are other sizes available.

    Discussion of weatherproof label:
    http://www.worldlabel.com/Pages/weatherproof-labels.htm

    The labels that I bought (select weatherproof vinyl for laser printer or other for inkjet):
    http://www.worldlabel.com/Pages/wl-ol5125.htm
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    Default Re: Weatherproof Labeling

    Al, when you print your labels you will need to cover up the label with clear tape to slow down the degradation of the print. In other words the label will outlast the print.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof Labeling

    Maybe, I saw some tests that Brady Labels made with similar labels that had a military specification for permanent outdoor applications. We shall see.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof Labeling

    Update:
    I printed out a sheet of labels and put them in the sun for 3 days. Then, I washed them very well under the faucet and put them back out in the sun. It has been a week now and they look brand new. The label have been horizontal to the sun. The testing will continue. Please note that I used a laser printer and not an ink jet. Laser ink is a form of plastic and not ink. I will report again in a few weeks.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof Labeling

    I posted last year about the thermal vinyl outdoor label maker I bought. I am at YMCA camp with the boys and can't remember the brand and model. But those labels have been awesome. No degradation at all for the first year. I would use at least two thirds of those wires this year. I like being able to install the ends, print the label and mount them .. all at the same time. No advanced prep required...
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    Update: it has been 2 weeks since I put the labels outside. A good portion of the time the labels have been wet from rain. The labels are showing no signs of discoloration or degradation.

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    Default Re: Weatherproof Labeling

    The test ended today. The labels have faded a small amount but for the most part are unscathed. I printed a sheet of labels and they were laid flat on a deck chair in direct sunlight and the elements for 4 months. The labels were placed so that water would drain away and not pool. This test is probably the equivalent of 6 or more years with the label vertical, less sunlight, and used for a month or so each year during Christmas. I plan to bring the labels (new and test subject) for show and tell for the convention. The labels were not tested for permanent installations.

    Walter and myself are now using the labels for our controllers as I am satisfied that the labels are weather resistant enough for a Christmas display.
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    Default Re: Weatherproof Labeling

    Almost as good as the strobe light under the flower pot test. Anyone else remember who that was? Old skool baby

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    Default Re: Weatherproof Labeling

    Since they survived fairly unscathed (post #7) subject them to a real test. Have your ex-wife look at them with her most scathing look. Then report back to us, if you survive that yourself.

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