Fixing Scratches on CDs and DVDs
January 19, 2009 1:24pm CST
As someone who owns a lot of cds and dvds I am from time to time confronted with one that gets scratched. This is really annoying!I was given a cd by one of my favorite singers a few months back, but my enjoyment of it was marred because it was scratched. I have been searching for a solution to this problem since then and I received some that just might help in my email today. I am passing it along to you fellow myLotters in case you might like to try it:Quick Tips Fix Those CD Scratches If you have a large CD (or DVD) collection, I'm willing to bet that at least one of them is scratched at this very moment as we speak. You may not know it (because I'm sure you don't have time to take each CD out and look at it everyday to make sure it's not scratched), but it does happen from time to time. Yes, CDs are very durable, but it's also hard to prevent it sometimes. So, you're probably wondering now if there's a way that you can easily fix those scratches, right? Well, of course there is! (If there wasn't, I wouldn't be doing this tip!) Now, there are special CD repair kits available, but before you go out and buy something, try fixing it yourself first. The number one best thing to try is a good cleaning. You can run warm water or rubbing alcohol over the CD to clean it. When you're done, just shake the excess liquid off and be sure to let the CD air dry. If that doesn't work, you may want to try polishing the CD. Polishing can sometimes repair a scratch by making it more shallow. The best thing to use is, believe it or not, toothpaste (especially toothpaste with baking soda). Just apply a small amount to a piece of cloth and gently polish the whole CD. You can then rinse the disc with warm water and let it dry. Another common fix is to just burn a copy of the CD to make a brand new one. Your software may be able to read the CD well enough to make a good copy. Whatever you do to fix your scratched CDs, you now know that you have a lot of options and if you ask me, options are good! ~ Erin I have not yet tried these steps, but I will soon and promise to let you know if they work.
19 Jan 09
I've used the toothpaste system a few times, but I used a very soft toothbrush instead of cloth. It works better, but it's also riskier, because you may end up with even more scratches. I would advice not to use warm water though, if the temperature is just a notch above of what it should be, you'll end up with a disc that is beyond repair. But yeah, good suggestions there. If you ask me, trying to reburn it should be the first choice. Rich
20 Jan 09
Thanks for this info K...it is invaluable. I wonder if a water and baking soda paste would work as well, or regular toothpaste mixed with baking soda? What I want to know is...how do they become scratched in the first place. I check mine whenever I go to play them and normally they are pristine. However there are times when something is srtched. Just last night I took a dvd out to watch and it was covered in dust, fluff and badly marked....how did that happen?