How to Seal a CD

Written by charlie gaston
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How to Seal a CD
Seal your CDs to protect them against scratches. (cd image by Thierry Hoarau from Fotolia.com)

Online music stores make it easy for consumers to purchase songs. You can download music onto your computer and then burn it onto a blank CD later. If you’ve made a CD of your favourite music, protect it against damage by sealing it in a plastic sleeve. Plastic sleeves are resealable and offer an inexpensive way to seal your CDs. Because the sleeve is plastic, you don’t have to worry about the sleeve damaging your CD, and you can see straight through to the label if you use one to list the songs on the CD.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • CD sleeve
  • Labels (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine how many CDs you need to seal. Save money by purchasing the seals in bulk. A 500-pack of seals could cost as low as 20 cents per seal or £16.20 per pack, and a 200-pack could cost 16 cents per seal or £7.70 per pack.

  2. 2

    Open the self-adhesive sleeve by folding down the flap. Self-adhesive clear plastic sleeves are available online and from large retailers such as Target and Walgreens. There is only one size, which is the standard 5-inch by 5-inch sleeve, so sizing is not a problem.

  3. 3

    Insert the CD into the sleeve. If the CD has a label, face the label toward the "front" of the sleeve, which is the side with the flap.

  4. 4

    Press down the adhesive tape on the flap to seal the CD. In many cases, the adhesive tape is not permanent, so you can reseal the CD as frequently as you like.

  5. 5

    Store the CD horizontally on a shelf or other location away from extreme heat and humidity.

Tips and warnings

  • Clearly label each CD so the owner is aware of its content.
  • Never write on the glossy side of a CD, which is the data area of the disc.

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