How You Can Use Waterproof Synthetic Paper

Wondering how you can use waterproof synthetic paper? Well, we’ve got ideas upon ideas – some from us and a few from our favorite customers! Think menus, parking passes, indoor/outdoor signage, maps, manuals, tags, labels, cards, tickets and more…

REVLAR Products In Use

As we mentioned in this blog post, when folks are first learning about waterproof synthetic paper, they often ask how it can be used. Most prospective customers want to hear about how others have used synthetic paper first, which sparks their own ideas. In the printing industry, these project ideas are called “applications.” Applications are examples of the ways that a material (or “printing substrate”) can be used in the real world as a finished, printed piece.

More brand options means more application options

The expansion of our REVLAR waterproof paper line now gives our customers more application options than ever! Each REVLAR product has unique characteristics that make it better suited to certain projects. For example, Soft’s silky smooth feel translates well for guides and brochures, while Premium’s FDA compliance makes for ideal food-safe deli picks and menus. Select, on the other hand, is a great alternative to Premium when cost is the priority.

Based on these considerations, we created a table to share some tried and true examples of how to use REVLAR. Please keep in mind, these are just ideas to get you thinking. The pairings of these applications and particular REVLAR products are just suggestions. It’s always best to reach out to one of our specialty paper experts to talk through your options and get a recommendation catered to your specific needs.

REVLAR Application Ideas, menus, food-safe menus, folded menus, recipe cards, placemats, ID tags, ID cards, Fishing licenses, Signage, posters, notices, temporary license plates, door hangers, removable labels, event passes, shelf wobblers, shelf strips, shelf sliders, race bibs, parking tickets, parking passes, hanging parking passes, charts, service tags, keg collars, maps, folded maps, blueprints, chemical drum labels, growler tags, emergency guides, food-safe deli picks, bottle neckers, retail tags, loyalty cards, reward cards, bookmarks, medical lab logs, medical forms, training manuals, field manuals, parts manuals, maintenance manuals
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Stand out customers

Now that you’ve seen some general applications, how about some customer spotlights?

Playing cards from Ryan Rud-Cloud
Photo by Ryan Rud-Cloud

Ryan Rud-Cloud from White Rabbit Copy Service and Digital Printing in Indiana recently shared this photo with us. He’s using REVLAR to make playing cards! Rud-Cloud told us:

“We use REVLAR 10.7 mil for playing cards, business cards, and small outdoor signs. People love the fact that we have playing cards that they don’t have to worry about getting wet or even dirty because they know they can clean them. Make a great gift for kids or for being outdoors. I am a BIG fan of RELYCO.”


Sign photo by Patti Feeley
Photo by Patti Feeley

Patti Feeley from Ideal Concrete Block in Massachusetts is using our REVLAR labels as signage at her business. Because these labels are waterproof and weatherproof, they hold up outdoors! Feeley said:

“We use the adhesive backed REVLAR for product display signs, which allows us to customize signs as needed. Great customer service!”



Thanks for sharing these examples, Ryan & Patti! It’s always great to see our products in action.

Have we gotten those creative juices flowing with these applications? Do you have some ideas for how you can use waterproof synthetic paper? Request a full portfolio here to receive samples, datasheets and a waterproof paper guide. Ready to buy? Visit our online store.

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Is Waterproof Paper Worth the Investment? A Cost/Benefit Analysis

Is waterproof paper really worth the investment? Check out this cost comparison chart outlining the savings with waterproof paper vs. lamination.

When folks are first learning about waterproof synthetic paper and all of its benefits, they tend to assume that it must be prohibitively expensive. But that simply isn’t true!

How is that possible?

Yes, synthetic paper is initially going to cost more than regular copy paper. But when you take a broad view of your expenses, you just might see that the initial cost of synthetic paper is well worth it for the time and cost-savings down the line. This is especially true if you’re constantly reprinting pieces or undertaking a lamination process to increase durability.

What’s so great about synthetic paper?

REVLAR synthetic paper is waterproof, tear-proof and durable right out of the box. It’s designed to withstand high and low temperature fluctuations and is impervious to grease and chemicals. This product is actually made of plastic, which is what gives it all of these durable characteristics, yet it has the appearance, smoothness and printability of standard paper.

REVLAR waterproof synthetic paper characteristics

Waterproof paper vs. lamination

When you laminate traditional paper products in an attempt to achieve the characteristics inherent in REVLAR waterproof synthetic paper, you’re adding a time-consuming and expensive step after printing is complete. Plus, lamination can peel, bubble or crease, which allows moisture to penetrate over time and damage the finished piece. Once the material’s clean, professional appearance is compromised, there’s no turning back.

With REVLAR, you print once and you’re done; no extra steps, no hidden costs and no fuss!

Still skeptical? Check out this cost comparison chart:

For many users, particularly those concerned with look and feel, the final decision often comes down to the cost of REVLAR vs. the cost of lamination. This cost comparison illustrates that all three of our REVLAR products are a highly cost-effective solution.

This example calculates and compares the cost per sheet for 1,000 8.5” x 11” signs for outdoor use:

Laminating with
Standard Paper
REVLAR Premium
4.7 mil (155 gsm)
4.7 mil (150 gsm)
8 mil (200 gsm)
Printing Estimation$0.11 $0.11 $0.11 $0.11 
Paper Price$0.01 $0.38$0.34$0.28
Lamination Material$0.55 ¹N/AN/AN/A
Lamination Labor ²$0.33 ³N/AN/AN/A
Estimated Total Cost$1.00$0.49$0.45$0.39

¹ Cost per 5 mil pouch of lamination film from leading office supplier
² Most laminators from leading office supplier process one sheet per minute, totaling 16.67 hours for 1,000 sheets
³ Assuming labor is $20 per hour

This cost comparison does not even take into account other factors, such as the cost of purchasing and maintaining lamination equipment or the amount of time required to heat up lamination equipment. Both of those factors could significantly add to the overall cost of lamination.

To Learn More

To learn more about REVLAR waterproof synthetic paper, request free samples or more information by clicking below.

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*This blog post was originally published on Jan 9, 2015, it was updated and republished on August 23, 2018.

Waterproof Restaurant Posters: A Recipe for Long-Lasting Success

As a restaurant owner or manager, one of your biggest priorities should be your staff. They are your biggest asset. Ensuring safety in the back of the house with posters and signage not only improves working conditions, it can also create a more efficient kitchen.

It’s commonly understood that restaurant owners and management staff are very busy. From the day-to-day details to larger concerns about staying relevant and responding to changing demographics, they have their plates full. (Pun intended!) It can be a volatile and stressful industry; there are a lot of aspects that go into opening and maintaining a successful restaurant. But as an owner or manager, one of your biggest priorities should be your staff. They are your biggest asset. You can have a great menu, but without the staff to run your restaurant, it won’t matter.

The importance of staff safety

Your staff’s well-being and safety should be critically important to you. Of course, it’s also the law for employers to provide a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists “color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards” as a key employer responsibility. Ensuring safety in the back of the house not only improves working conditions, it can also create a more efficient kitchen.

Reduce risk with restaurant posters

Safety notices aren’t just about keeping your staff safe, they can also be used to protect your patrons – and, by default, your restaurant’s reputation. To reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses, educate your staff about improper food storage and healthy habits. According to Learn2Serve, risk-reduction signage that is “easy to understand, informative, attention-grabbing and memorable” will reinforce training sessions. It may sound basic, but it works! ServSafe offers some downloadable restaurant posters on the resources page of their website, which you can print off. Alternately, you can create your own posters with catchy lines and funny images to mix things up!

Restaurant Posters

Here are a few more signage ideas:

  • Food safety posters
  • Handwashing station reminders
  • Opening/closing procedures
  • Instructions on how to safely operate an appliance

Find a suitable material for the kitchen

Restaurant posters or signs on standard paper aren’t going to hold up long in a busy kitchen. That environment can be pretty extreme for basic signage. We’re talking temperature fluctuations, moisture, grease and splashes galore! Using a waterproof, tear-proof paper eliminates the need to laminate standard paper, which reduces cost, time and annoyance.

REVLAR waterproof paper is a great option for restaurant kitchens. It is safe to use in direct or indirect contact with food and you can use your own dry toner laser printer! You can also find it in eye-catching vibrant colors. Try out waterproof paper for yourself! Click here or on the button below to request free samples.