The DomeTag Expertise
Creating a domed label or as some people might like to call it, bubble stickers involves a two-part process.
First, prepare and print the customer’s artwork – whether it’s in spot colors or multiple colors – we use digital printing to get a quick response time.
The best stock for this purpose is vinyl or poly that is then printed in high resolution with durable, non-smudging digital inks. This combination of substrate and inks ensures that the inks does not get damaged nor the substrate gets saturated in doming stage.
Once the printing is done, printed sheets are cut down into more manageable pieces for weeding. Weeding is simply removing the excess waste and material around the rows of printed and cut decals.
We then prepare the sheets for doming by applying a light grade adhesive to the back liner paper, which keeps the individual sheets flat and secure on the doming plates.
The doming material we use at Dometag is an eco friendly polyurethane resin that is free of lead, mercury, solvents and phthalic derivatives. This ensures the safety of our doming technicians plus it is more environment friendly. It starts out as a liquid when it is applied. The liquid material flows to the edges of the decal and stops by surface tension – much like a raindrop or bead of water on flat surface.
Once the material is applied to the decals – the glass plates are carefully moved to a perfectly level drying rack where they cure overnight. The whole doming “lab” is a dust and lint free clean room where particles and debris have no chance of finding their way into the domed stickers.
The domed labels are inspected the following morning by our doming technicians who do a thorough quality control check on their handiwork and count and package up the new domes for shipment. When they do the quality control they look for overflow, bubbles and any other imperfections in the decals. These are discarded. We like to send the customer a few extras with their order.