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Old Oct 9, 2006, 12:10 AM   #1
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Just curious as to how many of you are spraying your printed CD/DVD's with a fixative after printing or just leave them without spraying? I just got a CD/DVD capable printer.

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Old Oct 9, 2006, 4:05 AM   #2
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Just curious as to how many of you are spraying your printed CD/DVD's with a fixative after printing or just leave them without spraying? I just got a CD/DVD capable printer.


One batch of printable DVD discs I had about a year ago remained very slightly "tacky" after printing and I elected to use a proper fixative spray (glossy).

This did give a nice protective finish to the disc and the printed surface is then impervious to any fingerprints or water. I have only needed to do3 or 4 discs , if I knew they were going to be frequently handled by young children I would definitely use this spray. Addition of the spray on a "white" or "silver" disc that has been printed on does enhance the print dramatically !.

Here are a few tips to avoid problems:-

The disc should be placed on a piece on 2 foot square (approx) card. A similar piece of card (with a cd sized hole ) can be placed on top of the first card and the disc sat "in the depression". This will prevent stray spray getting on the playing surface.

Spray 3-4 times with light "dustings" .......allow 5-10 mins between coats. The duration of the dusting need only be 5-10 secs. the last coat can be up to 15-20 secs.......but its up to the operator`s choice.

Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before putting in a drive, make absolutely sure there is no stickiness. The reason I have not done this more frequently is because of these necessary precautions, the result is well worth the trouble though for a perfect , functioning , hard wearing result.

All of the printables I have had since have had good surfaces, but if moisture/water gets onto an untreated surface it will smudge/go sticky, if this is likely , I would use the sparay everytime.

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Thanks for the tips. I just found out from another newsgroup that Imation has some new CD/DVDs called "Aquaguard". They are supposed to be moisture and smudge resistant. So far I have not found them in my area. Did find an online dealer, but don't know how good they are. They sound promising.

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They are supposed to be moisture and smudge resistant. So far I have not found them in my area. Did find an online dealer, but don't know how good they are

Yes , more of the manufacturers are producing good surfaces now , I don`t have experience of Printable Imations, but I `m sure they will be fine.

The best are reckoned to be Taiyo Yuden (the most expensive). I am currently using Datawrite and Ridisc which seem ok. Verbatim have brought out a real glossy Photo surface , but again they are a bit too expensive for me at present.

IfI wanted a glossy surface (for a photo) on the disc I would spray .......(you can also get the spray in Satin type)
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