So, on my quest to try to find a reasonable price chip to put some custom labels on, I decided on going with a 1000 set of the Nexgen Pro Classic. They are the same mold as the Dunes Commemorative chip. I settled on this chip after getting multiple samples of other composite/china clay chips because they were around 9 grams and felt they looked better than the Progen chinese clay chips.
I ordered 2000 labels from SlamDunk (SUPER GREAT EXPERIENCE) These guys had the fasted turnaround time and great communication. They were also willing to refund me my FULL proce with shipping when I had issues with getting the labels to stick (was not their fault at all !)
I had ordered a sample pack of the Nexgen pro classic and the ones I received had the cheesy labels on them. I removed the labels on the sample chips and the Slamdunk labels looked great and also adhered like glue.
NOW comes the fun part. I purchased a 1000 set of the Nexgen Pro Classic and when I received them, they were shrink wrapped in 100 stack rolls. I noticed that the darker colors had been rolled in some type of mineral oil on the edges before they were wrapped. I tried EVERYTHING and could not get the labels to stick to these chips at first. Below is what I had tried.
1.) Rubbing alcohol
2.) Washing each chip twice in with dish soap.
3.) Heating the chips in an oven to 215 degrees (thinking maybe there was some mold release agent that needed to still be worked out of the chip)
4.) Using oven cleaner on the chip and than washing with soap and water
5.) running some of the chips int he dishwasher.
NOTHING worked. Within a day of installing the labels, they would be peeling off of the chip. I had 1000 labels that I had to remove. THIS SUCKED!
As I had already spent almost $200 on the chips, there was no way I was going to just give up.
I was searching in the garage when I found my can of Oatey clear ABS/PVC cleaner and thought I would give it a shot. I used a q-tip and dipped the tip into the can. Some light pressure and wiped the inset edge with the q-tip (only once per tip as ti did take some of the color off of the insert. Using it more than once caused the edge outside of the inlay to get some discoloration. FLip over, do the other side and put the label on. I now have 1000 labels and they all appear to be sticking GREAT. This was not worth the effort but I was not going to give up.
Take this as an FYI in case you are also looking at these chips. Maybe I got a bad batch??? Again, I know it was the chip and not the adhesive on the labels from SlamDunk as the labels that I placed on the sample chip that had a previous factory label stuck great.
I am attaching pics of the labels as well as a pic of one of the labels lifting the day after applied on a chip that I did not use the PVC/ABS cleaner on.