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Best way to label?

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/BD Blanks' started by Hweeksjr, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. Hweeksjr

    Hweeksjr New Member

    i've heard, and experienced first hand that stick on labels make discs freeze and jump so i wanted to try a new way to label my dvd's. can anyone tell me first hand anything about which way would be a better way to go.? either lightscribe or print directly on the dvd using a photo printer? i want to upgrade but don't know which way i should go?
  2. mmdavis

    mmdavis Well-Known Member

    Generally, an extra fine point sharpie is best. Might check out this thread and this thread for other options.
  3. jvc

    jvc Well-Known Member

    The "R" series Epsons do an excellent job printing on "printable" discs. I have the R200, and love the job it does. The copies look as good as the originals. Generic ink for the Epsons is pretty cheap too. That's all I've used for the past two years.

    The R200 is discontinued now. It was their original one. Not sure what model they're up to now.

    I'm not a fan of lightscribe. I prefer full color, over it's monochrome look. On non printable discs, I just use a "Sharpie" marker.......... :)
    Good luck!
  4. customshopkv1

    customshopkv1 Well-Known Member

    I use an Epson RX580 and printable TY discs or a sharpie.
  5. Whisperer

    Whisperer Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I just use a marker too. It's only a backup and you already have the artwork on the original DVD you bought.

    I don't use Sharpie brand though ... the strong petroleum based smell always made me wonder if there might be a long term chemical reaction with the plastic to worry about (I don't really know). And the sharpness of the point always dulls quickly too. I use Staedtler Lumicolor Permanent markers in Medium, Fine, and Sharp points (depending on what info and how much info I write onto the backup disk). They are available at most art supply stores or at least they can order them.

    If you just gotta have the artwork on your backups, printable media (costs more) and epson printers with the disk printing feature is the way to go. But what I am unsure about is that, when you inevitabley have to clean a dirty disk with alcohol in a little sprayer bottle, whether any alcohol that accidentally gets onto the printed side (via overspray, your fingers or just a drip-over) will damage the printed artwork. ... or whether using water/dishwashing soap to clean a printed disk will damage the artwork.

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2007
  6. jvc

    jvc Well-Known Member

    I have never had to clean a burned disc, or any other disc, that I bought new. The only ones I've had to clean were rentals. I handle the discs by the edges, and am very careful with them. I'm sure the ink will smear if it gets wet. A lot of people worry about this. Why does everyone else have their discs near so much water? What are y'all doing with them, that you're worried about them getting wet? If it's kids handling them, make their copies with the Sharpie marking the titles............
  7. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    If you want pretty, use a printer. If you don't, use a sharpie.