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…
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.
“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.”
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.
Fred Montoya worked with Relyco’s creative team to produce a custom pressure seal marketing piece for his stationery store that revealed surprise deals to his potential customers at a trade show. The piece was a successful icebreaker and it enabled Fred to start conversations and gain leads.
Ecru is a retail stationery store located in Portland, Maine. They focus on personalized wedding invitations, stationery, gifts and fine paper. Fred Montoya, Ecru’s owner, worked with Relyco’s creative team to produce a custom pressure seal marketing piece that revealed surprise deals to his potential customers at a trade show. The piece was a successful icebreaker and it enabled Fred to start conversations and gain leads.
So how did a “boring” pressure seal mailer become a trade show hit?
Fred wanted to do a creative piece for promotion at a trade show, but he didn’t have the time to design it himself and needed it quickly. Enter: Lyndsay Vachon, one of Relyco’s Account Representatives.
A unique spin on a traditional product
Lyndsay suggested that Fred work with our creative team to produce a flip-tab pressure seal mailer. (It’s worth noting that pressure seal mailers are not our flashiest products – some folks might even call them boring – so Lyndsay’s suggestion was pretty unconventional.) But she predicted that the peel-back tab would make opening that type of mailer a fun and different experience for trade show attendees. Spoiler alert: she was right!
Relyco’s creative team designed and printed the piece and Fred brought a basket of mailers to the show. The mailers were anything but boring; they were beautiful and the inside of each mailer revealed a discount percentage! There were three levels of discounts, which included a grand prize $1000 wedding suite with invitations printed in-house. According to Fred:
“The product was amazing at the show. Most people had drawings of some sort, but with me, it was different, it was instant. It created this atmosphere of anticipation and excitement every time someone approached my booth. I was very happy with it.”
Play the video above or click here to see the mailer and learn more about how and why Ecru used this marketing piece.
How did working with Relyco on this marketing piece benefit Ecru?
Fred’s time was freed up to prepare for the trade show – we took care of the promotional piece, from idea to finished printed product
A tight deadline was met on time and within budget
Ecru received more leads than expected by using the pressure seal mailer
If you find yourself in Fred’s position, where you need design help and/or you’re facing time constraints, consider utilizing Relyco’s design team. We can help you get the same results on your custom project. Click here or on the button below to request a consultation with our design team.
Watch the video to learn why Atlantic Grill uses waterproof menus! Atlantic Grill is open year-round, but because they are located in a seasonal community, they receive an influx of customers during the summer months. As the number of patrons increases, the need for durable menus becomes even more critical.
Atlantic Grill is situated in the coastal community of Rye, New Hampshire. They’ve been in business for three years and they specialize in fresh seafood and traditional fare with a creative twist. The restaurant is located just minutes from Rye’s beautiful sandy beaches.
They are open year-round, but because they are located in a seasonal community, they receive an influx of customers during the summer months. Their hours expand and they begin to offer both lunch and dinner 7 days per week. As the number of patrons increases, the need for durable menus becomes even more critical.
For Atlantic Grill, their interest in waterproof menus originated for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Becky Donovan, Atlantic Grill’s General Manager, explains:
“We didn’t like the look of paper menus in plastic sleeves. That’s what we had when we first opened. We wanted something that was just a little more different. We needed something durable, that didn’t need additional protection. We wanted something that could handle a lot of use, especially in the summer when we have a high volume of customers.”
Learn more about how Atlantic Grill uses waterproof menus by watching the video above. Click on the play button or click here.
Our most recent Photo Applications Contest submission came in from Christina Weiss, the Aquatics Director at YMCA of South Hampton Roads in Chesapeake, Virginia. Christina explained that they use our REVLAR waterproof paper for their swim lesson program, where the instructors need to be able to use their printed guides right in the water.
YMCA Creates Durable Guides with Waterproof Paper
Our most recent Photo Applications Contest submission came in from Christina Weiss, the Aquatics Director at YMCA of South Hampton Roads in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Christina explained that they use our REVLAR waterproof paper for their swim lesson program, where the instructors need to be able to use their printed guides right in the water:
“At the YMCA we are currently revamping our swim lesson program to a new, more streamlined program. The use of waterproof paper in the water during our lessons will help us provide a more consistently delivered program. I share that with you because I honestly believe you’re helping us make a difference in many children’s lives. I use the Canon IR V to print the lesson guides and skill guides to be able to use them in the water. So far they’ve lasted over 8 hours in the water consistently.”
REVLAR is not only waterproof, it’s also durable. It is ideally suited for printed materials that will be subject to extreme environmental conditions or grease and chemicals. Check out this brochure to learn more about REVLAR’s features and benefits!
For this particular application at the YMCA, it was important that the printed guides be able to withstand not just water, but chlorine and frequent handling as well. REVLAR proved that it was up to the challenge.
Christina’s glowing report made quite a splash here at Relyco! We are currently working with other YMCA Aquatics Programs around the country and Christina was one of our first YMCA customers! We are so pleased to see that she’s happy with REVLAR.
Click here to read the full YMCA customer story. Contact us to learn about how Relyco’s print solutions can address your business needs.
How one UCSC Ph.D. student is using REVLAR waterproof paper to take notes for marine surveys, a creative use of Relyco’s durable paper.
When we say that our REVLAR paper is waterproof, we mean it.
Our latest creative testimonial comes from Rachel Zuercher, a Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology with the University of California, Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!). Here’s how she’s utilizing REVLAR in the field, er, ocean for marine science surveys:
After testing many different brands and searching for underwater paper strong enough to withstand the day-to-day abuses of marine science and of high-enough quality to record data on, we finally found Relyco’s REVLAR Waterproof Paper. My marine research group uses this paper while SCUBA diving to record information about fish, algae and marine invertebrates in the kelp forests of California. The paper never tears, our pencil records don’t smear, and we’re able to print data sheets using a Canon Super G3 scanner/printer. I highly recommend this paper to anyone working underwater!
REVLAR waterproof paper is engineered to hold up to a great deal of stress and immersion, including the salinity of the Pacific Ocean and curious marine life. Attached to a clipboard, it provides the perfect medium for scientists working in SCUBA gear to record their observations in and out of the water without needing to lug additional technology into the ocean with them. We love that our synthetic paper is finding use in a scientific context, particularly such a cool one.
This is just one of thousands of possible uses for REVLAR, albeit one of the cooler ones we’ve heard about, so don’t forget to experiment. We’ve seen the paper used to craft menus, weatherproof signs, license plates, identification cards, and even wineproof glass tags for parties.
Contact us today to learn more about how our durable paper can work wonders for you.
Bonnie Chase Designs has some creative uses for REVLAR waterproof paper. She makes wine-proof party supplies, with great success!
Our latest Photo Applications Contest submission comes from Bonnie Chase Designs.
Bonnie told us her brain was “swimming with ideas” when she learned about our contest, but one experience using REVLAR waterproof paper stood out to her:
“I made some very original wine glass tags for a Halloween party, with the guests names. They loved them and wanted to take them but they were not made to last as wine dripped all over my ‘witches.’ Fast forward to your ‘wine proof’ product! I am on a roll making them in a variety of themes, and people are loving them. Today I made a matching set of coasters and tags printed on my HP Color Laser jetpro252 with beautiful results.”
REVLAR waterproof paper is virtually indestructible, tear-resistant and durable, as well as impervious to grease and chemicals. Oh, and according to Bonnie Chase Designs, wine-proof as well. The fully synthetic paper is perfect for printable coasters and wine tags as it can fend off the darkest of vintages.
The possibilities with REVLAR waterproof paper are endless. In addition to coasters and wine tags, it can be used for things such as menus, license plates, outdoor signs, brochures, id cards, wristband, etc. Be as creative as you want. REVLAR is valuable for thousands of applications. No matter what your use for REVLAR is, you can be sure that the image quality of your design will never be compromised.
Contact us today to learn about how Relyco’s print solutions can fuel your creativity.
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