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.

Stop Laminating Paper: 6 Reasons to Use Waterproof Paper Instead

Laminating paper is a practice that is widely used to help preserve and strengthen paper. It’s a great way to help paper products last and withstand exposure to water, chemicals and rough handling; however, it is also a time-consuming and sometimes costly practice.

laminating paper fail

Laminating paper is a practice that is widely used to help preserve and strengthen paper. It’s a great way to help paper products last and withstand exposure to water, chemicals and rough handling; however, it is also a time-consuming and sometimes costly practice. Thanks to advances in paper technology, durable paper solutions have been developed and manufactured to help!

Waterproof papers are synthetic: meaning that they are commonly made out of polypropylene resin and inorganic fibers, not wood pulp or natural fibers. Compared to laminated paper, waterproof paper is durable, tear-proof, chemical proof and fade-resistant right out of the package, so there is no additional process necessary.

We put together a list of the 6 reasons you should stop laminating paper and use waterproof paper instead!

1. Laminating paper can get expensive

We’ve found that one of the most common misconceptions about waterproof paper is that it is too expensive and that laminating paper is a cheaper option. Well, that just isn’t true. In fact, using waterproof paper instead of laminated paper reduces costs by 50% in this example.

Looking beyond the fact that waterproof paper is initially less expensive than lamination, you also need a product that you can easily print on, that will support your project/needs and that does not need to be continually replaced; to have one product that can do it all is key.

2. Time savings

One of the ways waterproof paper saves our customers time is by removing the need for additional finishing after printing. Once a sheet of waterproof paper runs through a dry toner laser printer, it’s ready to go. If you were to laminate a sheet of standard paper or card stock, you would have to perform the additional steps of inserting the paper into a pouch and running it through a laminating machine. This may not seem like it takes too much time, but when you combine all of the seconds it took to perform those extra steps, they quickly add up. Using waterproof paper offers you the convenience of printing your documents, menus, posters, signs or anything on demand!

3. Durability

Due to its synthetic composition, waterproof paper is super durable. Laminated paper is not as strong. It will eventually break down as peeling occurs and moisture seeps in. Waterproof paper, on the other hand, can withstand tearing, pounding rains, complete submersion under water, sub-freezing and high heat temperatures without even blinking. It also deters greases, solvents and chemicals.

4. Appearance matters

When it comes to a printed product, how it looks is crucial. Aesthetics are important and, let’s face it, lamination doesn’t look good in the long term. The initial appearance of a laminated piece is subjective; some people would say lamination always looks tacky, while others might say it looks shiny and fresh at the beginning of its life. But, as we discussed above, the piece will not hold up over time and will eventually crack or peel. Everyone can agree: that isn’t a great look.

5. Print & image quality

Images and text printed on synthetic paper are crisp, clean and easy to read. Waterproof paper bears the appearance, smoothness and printability of standard paper. That’s right! You can load it into your dry toner laser printer, just like you would with any standard paper. It comes in various weights, sizes, colors and can be punched or die-cut as needed. Waterproof paper can also be scored and folded – setting it further apart from laminated paper, which does not tolerate folding.

6. Versatility & variety of product types

Waterproof paper can be used for any product that would normally be printed on traditional paper, but could use more durability and a longer lifespan. It is perfect for menus, ID/membership cards, signage, door hangers, maps, license plates, passes, labels, manuals, permits and so much more. Waterproof paper is easily customizable and up to any challenge!

To learn more about waterproof paper and to order samples to try, visit us here. Know what you want and ready to buy? Visit our online store.

*This blog post was originally published on February 6, 2017, it was updated on May 9, 2018