problem with the emulsion side towards the drum is it melts. You are lucky it hasn't stuck to the drum yet. I've seen that happen. Then you get to take a razor blade and scrap your print off the drum. that is the source of your cracks and pitting. You just don't have it high enough to melt it further and have it stick. The machine was intended for the emulsion to be away from the drum just for this reason. You can't get a really high gloss shine by melting it, it just messes up the emulsion.