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    Default Printing on CD faces

    Sorry if this has been posted before. i tried searching back posts and got about 8000 results - none of which seem to really answer what i was looking for.

    anyhoo i was wondering if anyone knew anything about printing on cd faces. what kind of ink to use? do you have to varnish? tricks?

    i want to do a little series of CDR's and i thought it might be nice to screen print right on the face of the cd but my first efforts with latex ending up with a lot of weird reticulation problems. i want something nice and flat not something that looks like the martha stewart faux finishing guide.

    any recommendations would be much appreciated.

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    CANCER!!!
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    thanks that's exactly what i needed.


    yr the best steve

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    Default opps check out my newest post

    for some reason i made a new post about your question

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    Default Hardcore textile for cdprinting

    Nova days we are using havy textile paint for printing on cdsurface and it works OK, but before we spray on blank cdroms.









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    nice work!

    i've also found that if you spraypaint a background color you can screen over that and it stays pretty well.

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    i've printed on cd's before. i used nazdar 9700, a very versatile vinyl ink. has about a 30 minute drying time and can be used for any sort of non-textile printing.

    i'd print through a >230mesh screen with a very hard squeegee and i got great results on a very consistent basis.

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    Default hmm

    We dont have that paint in europe and the screen [mesch] is 58 lines per centimeter (i dont know how it aply to yours, US sizes).
    we do need to change that paint becouse ok results was for about 10 cds, after that screen get a bit stucked and not whole paint been going thru. sticker paint (plastisle but passyble to wash with water) will be OK for cds too, specialy with no stencil background.

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    Default Re: hmm

    Quote Originally Posted by szczym
    We dont have that paint in europe and the screen [mesch] is 58 lines per centimeter (i dont know how it aply to yours, US sizes).
    we do need to change that paint becouse ok results was for about 10 cds, after that screen get a bit stucked and not whole paint been going thru. sticker paint (plastisle but passyble to wash with water) will be OK for cds too, specialy with no stencil background.
    US size for 58 lines per centimeter is nearly 150

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    I print CDs all the time (hell I will sell you a nice precise Squeegeeville CDscreen printer!)



    and use DRY FILM general purpose ink by ND graphics in Canada. In the USA, the nazdar mentioned or any other GP plastic ink will probably work, just test on a virgin CD (get your ink supplier to test). IN Europe, use (Coates)Weiderhold or Marabu or Sericol general purpose. these are solvent based inks, you need them if you want the ink to bite the surface and stick. I have yet to see a waterbase that will do this, if anyone knows of one that won't flake, let's hear it.

    If your ink is drying in, get some retarder paste/microprint gel (there are different names) and some retarder thinner. Use fine mesh and runny ink. I run mine through 305.
    The pros use UV ink, but you need a $5000 dryer so lets not go there today.

    1. Use blank CDs - if they have any printing on the inks won't stick well

    2. make a little circle jig cutout and you can use this on any vacuum table if you don't want to buy my little press. You want the lip edge of the cd to be slightly higher than your jig, then you won't wear a hole in your stencil/screen where it hits the CD.

    3. Don't try and print full graphics unless you like the spraypaint idea, good for short runs. There are CD art templates avaialble on a lot of pro CD printing sites, just google CD screenprinting and look for the tmeplates on the sites that offer printing. These set your inside and outside print dimensions.

    4. Do multicolour register by printing a small index tick near the edge, or if you have type out at the edge, pick a point you can line up an index mark on your jig to. this allows you to place the CD in register each time.
    Andymac

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