Label problems with DVDs

BaysideBas

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You can get printable media that is water proof/resistant. It usually has the added benefit of a really slick glossy surface, makes the printing really stand out.
 

smaye

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You can get printable media that is water proof/resistant. It usually has the added benefit of a really slick glossy surface, makes the printing really stand out.
Thanks Bayside. I will have to try those out AFTER I get through these 100 Verbatim printables I just bought. Ouch!
 

phd

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One question on printable DVDs. Is there a way to seal the surface from moisture so the ink will not run if a drop of water hits it?
You can also purchase water resistant inks for some printers.

Also I remember a discussion on another forum about using a spray fixative or something to spray over the printing. It's available in art and craft supply stores. I can't vouch for the quality as I never tried it. You might perfom a Google search.
 

Anole

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the life of a printable DVD

Couple of years ago, I was demonstrating some printed discs to my buddies at lunch.
None of them had ever seen 'em before.
Everyone was quite impressed with the beautiful colors, etc.
One guy decided to see how resistant it was to handling, and tried to rub the colors with his finger.
Getting no where, he moistened is finger...
... and only after rubbing really hard, he finally got some of the blue to smear his finger.
The disc at first didn't even show the damage, and only after more aggressive scrubbing, did it appear smudged.

Now, this may not be the norm, as the disc was mostly blue and black.
And , it may have been well dried - even baked for days.
They are more touchy the first day, though they're certainly handleable after 5..10 minutes.
I live where the average humidity is 50% or less, your mileage would vary in more tropical settings.
Never rush to put them in the paper sleeves - That cellophane window can cause a problem !
I let mine dry in DVD boxes or get heated in a DVD player first.

Yes, standing water droplets will damage the printing.
Never use one as a coaster. :rolleyes:
However, for use by adults, I consider the discs quite durable.
So, I've never considered any experiments with sealants.

I'll be on the look-out for the glossy surface white discs.
I get a lot of extra look-quality, when I have artwork that'll do justice to the silver printable media, so I can imagine the glossy white would be nice, too.
 
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phd

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You should be aware that the cellophane can attach itself to the DVD after a long period of externded storage and actually delaminate the top layer of Polycarbonate and foil when you try to separate them.

(I've had a few of the old CDs manifest this issue.)
 

Anole

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I haven't seen that exactly, but I did see where one cellophane stuck to a printed DVD, and when ripped away, the disc looked wrinkled for lack of a better word.
It was more blotchy than wrinkled, but the effect was most disgusting.
The cellophane had some ink on it.

Oh, and I asked my buddy how many DVDs he thought a set of cartridges were good for.
He said he'd printed about 165 discs on one set of cartridges.
So, I guess my 100+ estimate was conservative.
Yes, his were in glorious full-color, full-coverage, too.. :)
 
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smaye

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You should be aware that the cellophane can attach itself to the DVD after a long period of externded storage and actually delaminate the top layer of Polycarbonate and foil when you try to separate them.

(I've had a few of the old CDs manifest this issue.)

When you say "cellophane" are you referring to paper sticky labels you are trying to remove? You are saying they are harder to remove if they are on a long time?
 

phd

Super Moderator
No. I am referring to the paper envelope/sleeve that you put the CD into with the cellophane circle so you can see the CD inside the paper sleeve.
 
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