Originally Posted by Styln
Very subtle hint
[begin CD-R FAQ quote]
There are pens recommended specifically for writing on CD-Rs. Examples
include the Dixon Ticonderoga "Redi Sharp Plus", the Sanford
"Powermark", TDK "CD Writer", and Smart and Friendly "CD Speed Marker".
Some of these are relabeled Staedtler Lumocolor transparency markers,
which are water-based. Never use a solvent-based pen on a CD-R.
Many people have had no problems with the popular Sanford "Sharpie"
pens, which are alcohol-based. Other people say they've damaged discs by
writing on them with a Sharpie. In any event, the Ultra Fine pen looks
almost sharp enough to scratch, so sticking with the Fine Point pen is
So long as you use the right kind of pen, it's okay to write directly on
the top surface of the CD, label or no. If the prospect makes you
nervous, just write in the clear plastic area near the hub, or only use
discs with a printable top surface.