HOW TO – CDR painting

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Matthew writes – “When it comes to making a good impression with booking agents and fans, nothing can compete with a professionally recorded and replicated CD in a jewel case with full color art work. Unless you are an ace soundman and own your own recording equipment, there isn’t much you can do about getting around the cost of recording a CD. However, there is a novel technique you can use to make a CD that you burned look more professional than a simple CDR. Here’s how to spraypaint a CDR and the jewel case to make it more professionally looking.” Link.

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  1. another tip – go to your local hardware store, pick up a roll of cheap, plain contact paper or shelf paper. try to get one that has a width close to a multiple of 5 inches.

    before painting your discs, cut a piece of contact paper big enough to hold the discs you are painting, set it sticky-side up, and put the discs recordable-side-down on the contact paper.

    the contact paper sticks to the discs, preventing paint from getting on the recordable side. once the paint is dry, the discs can be peeled off, and the contact paper doesn’t leave any appreciable residue on the disc surface.

    bonus – the contact paper is strong enough to hold the discs even when the paper is held vertically, so with some clothespins and rope, you can hang them up to dry! I tested this with six discs that stayed up for 72 hours with no signs of pulling away from the contact paper.

  2. you wouldn’t want to hang them vertical in fear of drips, or running. Also saran wrap could be used as a cheep alternative, becouse it clings to most plastics.

  3. I’ve had a bad experience with the CD-R spray painting in the past – It may be due to more pigment-heavy spray paints, but after two coats of a florescent pink paint the CD-R was rendered a bit thicker than my car stereo’s slide-in CD player was built to handle. It got stuck in the player and I had to fish it out with various implements. Light coats of standard colors should be cool, but beware, dudes.

    The contact-paper tip sounds great, though.

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