CD: Preventing Damage to the Aluminized Layer

As you may know, the label-side of a CD is potentially the most delicate side. Not being so careful in the past, I suffered from some disc-trashing disasters ( ).

On that note, I’ve noted that certain printable CD-R’s avail. today seem to have a thick label-side coating.

I don’t own any of these blank media discs but may get some on this very basis. How durarable is, for example, the coating on:

Taiyo Yuden 52X CD-R Media White Thermal Hub Printable (Everest Certified)

Thx in advance for any info you can provide.

I had a batch of Kodacs where the top or label side layer was visible peeling off when the tub was opened, but you do not have to worry about the Tai Yudens. I have used many but never seen a bad TY.


What you probably want is Ceramic Coated TY’s.
The only way I could damage the toplayer of those was on purpose !!
(And even then when I damaged the ceramic toplayer with a screwdriver I could still read the data from the still perfect Silver layer that was under it)

Printable is nice but not as good as the ceramic TY’s.