Ok, here is the situation. I am posting here becuase so many have experiance with using this printer here and, while it is not DISC printing, it is inserts which some may have done before. Also, sorry for spelling issues, I am on my GF’s MAC and you can’t just click on the underlined error word to fix it (silly MACS).
I am trying to make some CD Inserts for a customer. I have the Canon MP610 printer I am using to print on the discs. He wants some CD inserts and is not happy with what he got from the last place he tried.
I got some HP Brochure paper (48 I think) and it is glossy. I like this stock because it has the glossy finish the customer wants and it has some weight to it. It is also not too expensive when pruchased in bulk. I am attempting to print front AND back on the paper. I am also using Nero Cover Design to print.
When I went to select paper stock in the printer properties before print, I had to select plain paper. If I picked any other stock such as glossy, glossy pro, glossy photo paper, etc… the image did not print properly (Blacks were a blueish tint). When I set it to plain paper, the image printed properly…BUT, the ink does not dry to the paper (I think it is using the pigment black). Even a day later I can rub the ink off, mostly only the black.
Now, I am not using Canon inks, currently using G&G’s (they are printing good on the discs, not as dark as the canons, but hey for the price I can set the printer to dark and still save a boat load).
So, what I need to know is a few things:
First, anyone know a paper setting to set for this HP Brochure paper to get the printer to use the small tank black (shouldn’t rub off on a gloss)
2nd, if paper is the issue, anyone reccommend a similar thick & gloss paper, easy to purchase in quanity and comparable in price ( I got 50 sheets for 11 with tax as a test pack, the 150 boxes sell even cheaper per page…and I can print 2 inserts per page). Also this paper is double sidded, so I have the option to do a back side of an insert (its for a slim case). This stuff seems fesable for me from the supply side. I could end up printing hundreds a weeks.
3rd, now this may be realted to the ink not drying issue, When I flip the page over, and print the back, the rollers or the something in the printer rub the side already printed and cut up the picture. Is there a way to prevent this?
4th, what about a a clear, maybe stick on protective sheet i can apply to the paper that will A: protect the ink from smudge, B: protect from roller damage when printed on the back C: help make the paper even thicker. This is only doable if I can buy relatively cheaply at a low price.
5th, Any other points not mentioned or pointers for fixing my issues and getting the image I want, on the right paper, for the low cost I am looking for.
Now, I have seen the pre doen insert pages you can get, I dont want perforated paper, it looks like crap on the edges and is not a clean. Also, Mostly only available in MATTE. I have a large sheet cutter so I can stock several sheets and cut these quick and clean. No problem.