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Old January 14th, 2004, 12:43 AM   #16
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I am fascinated by the fact that some people use labels quite successfully while others get nothing but grief from them.

In my own experience, I have yet to see a single instance where our labelled disk won't play while an unlabelled version will. To date we've distributed close to 400 disks.

I agree that, conceptually, it would be nice to print directly on a disk. Currently, however, it seems that doing so leaves a bit to be desired in the color saturation and smearability categories (Hmmm... I'm not sure that "smearability" is a real word.)

The DVD-R blanks are Ritek G04 and are burned at 4X. We use only Meritline Glossy labels and apply them with a Stomper tool. The printing is done with an Epson C80 printer, which uses pigment inks. Such inks are smearproof, waterproof, and won't fade over time.

After the label is positioned with the Stomper tool we ensure a good uniform bond by placing the disk on a thin cotton cloth (such as an old T-shirt), and place a thicker towel-like cloth on top. We then use a rolling pin, starting at the center of the disk, and roll in three directions firmly. The finished disk looks beautiful and, as mentioned, plays normally.

Peter Moore: I found that you can remove a label completely using the following methodology:

(1) Spray WD-40 on the label liberally and let it sit (outdoors--it stinks) for a while.

(2) Remove the label and adhesive with your fingertips --it should come off quite easily.

(3) Now we need to remove the WD-40. Gently wash the disk with dish liquid soap and rinse; then do it again.

(4) Once the disk is completely free of WD-40, gently dry it using only a soft cotton material like an old T-shirt.

(5) You should now have a nice, clean, shiny disk.
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Old January 14th, 2004, 09:02 AM   #17
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Also see this new technology that is coming for labeling!

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Old January 14th, 2004, 11:48 AM   #18
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Take a look at the Epson R300.
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