What are the Differences Between Water Resistant & Waterproof?

Waterproof, weatherproof, and water resistant are common descriptions of custom stickers and labels, but what do they really mean? Let’s take a look at some qualities of our waterproof and weatherproof stickers vs. water resistant labels, and how it applies to your choices of custom stickers and product labels, so you can find out what will work best for your business.

Water Resistant Custom Product Labels

Water-Resistant-Stickers-from-StickerGiantGlossy White, Matte, and Clear Labels are all printed on a durable polypropylene material and finished with a water and oil resistant laminate for long lasting applications. The durable material used for these custom product labels won’t peel, curl, or fade if exposed to oils and liquids in your products. These custom labels will also hold up in the dishwasher, so they can be used for packaging, such as nice jars for specialty juices, your customers will love to reuse.


Custom-Labels-Hold-Strong-Through-Exposure-to-WaterA strong adhesive also makes these custom labels an easy choice for labeling products that will be stored in a refrigerator or freezer, such as ice cream. They apply smoothly to bottled or jarred products such as juices or specialty sauces that can be exposed to oils and water from your products in the packaging process. With custom shapes and sizes available you can get a product label that matches your brands, and packaging dimensions. Check out our page on finding the right size sticker or label for tips on finding the perfect size for your products and packaging.

Waterproof  and Weatherproof Custom Stickers


Your custom stickers can be applied just about anywhere by your fans. With a waterproof sticker your designs will look great whether they are applied in an indoor setting, or outside on the window of a car experiencing all of the elements.


Once applied to a clean dry surface, waterproof stickers will stay applied for long periods of time, and hold up with exposure to water. Our Glossy Die Cut, Glossy Kiss Cut, and Clear Stickers are printed on an outdoor durable polypropylene and finished with a UV laminate for a long lasting application in outdoor settings with regular sun exposure. These types of stickers work great as bumper stickers or window stickers on exterior surfaces. Kiss Cut Stickers can also be finished on a roll  for an easy way to label your products that will spend a lot of time outdoors.


Waterproof-Stickers-Work-Great-on-Water-BottlesMatte Die Cut and Kiss Cut Stickers are printed on an outdoor durable material and will be waterproof with a strong application that will last through rain, snow, and wind. These custom stickers work great for products that will be used outdoors or submerged in water, including custom water bottle stickers that will get washed with soap and water. For humid environments this also means your custom stickers will hold up well, even on high humidity days without peeling, or curling after they have been applied.


We see a lot of informational stickers rolling through the shop, and they can be some of the most valuable types of stickers around. Waterproof and weatherproof stickers are ideal when you need to apply these types of stickers to your products, such as safety warnings on outdoor equipment, or instructions for using your products. Compared to water resistant labels, outdoor durable stickers are able to withstand more rugged conditions, keeping important safety information visible for a long period of time.


Ready-for-the-Sun-with-Weatherproof-Silkscreen-Stickers-from-StickerGiantFor the ultimate durability, Silkscreen Stickers are ideal for outdoor applications where your stickers will be exposed to constant sunlight, such as the exterior of a south facing window. Silkscreen Stickers are printed on a strong vinyl material with UV ink with 40 standard ink colors available. These stickers are also printed with a traditional spot color method, which you can learn more about on our page about spot color printing vs full color process printing.