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Re: Printing to NON inject printable CDs and DVDs

Posted by Arthur Entlich on 10/31/25 12:01

Basically, as I understand it, there are two types of printable CDs/DVDs
which will work with standard inkjet printers, one with a white surface
and one with a transparent surface, both specially designed for this
purpose. Some people have found the clear surface a hassle, as it is
slow to dry and finicky with some inks, and with getting the right look.

Standard non-printable disks have a synthetic lacquer on them which doe
snot accept water based or even pigment inks. It isn't porous, so the
ink sits on the surface and VERY slowly dries, but will rub off or smear
if it gets wet.

There are special solvent inkjet printers which use a special
formulation of ink that "sets" with UV light exposure or with heat.
This keeps the heads from clogging because the ink will literally not
harden without UV or heat. I don't think standard inkjet printers will
tolerate these inks, but maybe someone has experimented and succeeded.

Art

Rod Speed wrote:

> Keith <noname@nowhere.com> wrote
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>>Rod Speed wrote
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>>>I want to be able to print to *NON* inkjet printable CDs and DVDs.
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>>>You can write on these fine with a Sharpie etc but when you use normal ink,
>>>it takes a hell of a long time for the ink to dry enough so it doesnt smudge.
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>>>I just want to put a little bit of text on the CD or DVD, not full artwork etc obviously.
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>>>Has anyone seen anyone offering ink thats similar to whats in a Sharpie etc ?
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>>>Better if the ink is meant for an inkjet printer, because most printers that will
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>>print on CDs and DVDs have a separate print head and since I dont want to
>>have to fart around flushing the heads after every print on a CD or DVD...
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>>From Maxell's web site:
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>>Question: What's the best way to Label CD-R Media?
>>Answer: Use a felt-tipped water based pen such as the Maxell Disk
>>Writer (CD-P1, Item #190705).
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>>I suspect that Office Max or Office Depot would have such pens.
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> I already said I use Sharpies and want to use an inkjet printer instead.
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