RE: CD-Rs vs. Store-bought CDs (WAS: Do Burned CDs Have a

Subject: RE: CD-Rs vs. Store-bought CDs (WAS: Do Burned CDs Have a
From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 15:38:35 -0500


Is the SHARPIE marker safe for writing on CD's?

Sanford has used SHARPIE markers on CDs for years and we have never experienced a problem. We do not believe that the SHARPIE ink can affect these CDs, however we have not performed any long-term laboratory testing to verify this. We have spoken to many major CD manufacturers about this issue. They use the SHARPIE markers on CDs internally as well, and do not believe that the SHARPIE ink will cause any harm to their products.

Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
tjohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com

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Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 2:58 PM
Subject: RE: CD-Rs vs. Store-bought CDs (WAS: Do Burned CDs Have a

Fred R. Byers' NIST Guide says: "To eliminate the risk, water-based
markers are recommended for CD labeling. As a solvent, alcohol is
generally less damaging than xylene and toluene, which are common in
aromatic solvent-based markers. According to anecdotal reports,
alcohol-based markers can be used to label CDs without causing
performance problems. However, there are no explicit lab test results to
show what effect solvents in markers have on different CDs or DVDs,
particularly over the long term."

Are the Sharpie markers alcohol-based? How would you tell? What about
other brands?



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