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Can you use markers on on top of DVDs?

Discussion in 'DVD±R media' started by bluebate, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. bluebate

    bluebate Member

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    I am wondering if it is ok to use a sharpie on top of dvds, instead of printing up labels?
     
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    StanH1000 Regular member

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    Markers better than labels! No peeling off, easier, no heat build up in burner/drives. Sharpie type marker works best for me.
     
  3. bilbo65

    bilbo65 Regular member

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    Sharpies are much better than stick on labels.
     
  4. bluebate

    bluebate Member

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    I've seen some stores sell specific markers for CD/Dvd's. Are they no different than sharpies?
     
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    saugmon Senior member

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    Both sharpies and cd/dvd markers work very well. I use them both and I also use inkjet-printable dvd+r media. Be cautious if you decide on paper stick-on labels later down the road. There can be many playback issues with them.
     
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    im a sharpie guy myself...1,000+ burns w/ sharpie markings only...no playback issues whatsoever. highly recommend it if you don't need to have exact duplicate of the cover of original dvd. sharpie to the rescue.
     
  7. aabbccdd

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    yeah sharpies here too much less hassel
     
  8. pulsar

    pulsar Active member

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    Sharpies all the way. There are people who use labels & report no probs (although few & far between). Personally, I prefer not to take the risk! Sharpies are cheaper & a gazillion times faster!
    Pulsar
     
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    definitely agree, the efficiency of the sharpie blows away the time it takes to load, scan, etc...the labels for dvds. unless you must have an exact duplicate, cover included, for your dvds...then all the power to you. i buy sharpies in bulk from local costco or office depot, can never have enough in different colors. :)
     
  10. tomdelany

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    yeah, i once had a problem using a sharpie on a dvd because the disc looked the same on both sides and being the idiot i am i wrote on the read-side of the disc and ruined it. but thats besides the point. :)
     
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    Sir-Age Regular member

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    Can't you just use a normal marker pen?
     
  12. bilbo65

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    Whatever!......:)
     
  13. Nephilim

    Nephilim Moderator Staff Member

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    The CD specific markers use an ink that contains no acids since acidic ink supposedly will deteriorate the reflective layer on a CD which is an urban legend if you ask me. Even if that were completely true it wouldn't affect DVDs anyway since they're constructed differently than CDs. Unlike most CDs where the reflective layer is unprotected from the top DVDs have two protective layers over the reflective layer. Here's a link that shows what I'm talking about:

    http://www.videointerchange.com/dvd.htm#DVD
     
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    Neph, thanks, very informative article, and I to use Sharpie.
     
  15. vike

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    I use the fine point sharpie when I don't use a printable disc. Works great. Never use labels, they suck big time.
     

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