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Repairing scratched CDs
Emanuel
post Jul 22 2002, 11:43
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Does anybody have experience from repairing scratched cd:s? There are a few repair-kits available, but are they really doing their job? The cd:s I would be happy to play/copy are not very badly scratched, but some scratches are deep enough to make EAC (with accurate stream/c2) lose the sync.

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sephiroth56068
post Nov 5 2007, 05:18
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i figured out a way to fix cd's and cd roms that others might have luck with. It is a three step process that involves useing common household items.

what you will need

childrens/toddlers tooth paste (either fluridated or non fluridate should work)

soft cloth (I use a cloth babies diaper)

aim n flame (you know, that thing you use to light your self on fire when you BBQ)

terry cloth (optional, but you might really want to reconceder not useing it)

kitchen sink, (yes this method dose include a kitchen sink, ha ha ha, but really any faucet would work I suppose.)


step 1. apply tooth past to diaper cloth, and use it to rub tooth paste on cd in a circular motion all the way around the disc, (like you apply wax to a car.

step 2. rinse the cd under a water faucet till all the tooth paste is off the cd

step 3. blot dry the disc with either a seperate terry type cloth/diaper,(i recomend this) or you could use the diaper that you used to apply the tooth paste, but you want to make sure that you don't get the tooth paste back on the cd you just rinsed.

step 4. with dry cd in hand, pull out the mighty aim and flame, and pass the flame over the cd surface in quick back and forth motions all over the surface of the disc, remembering not to leave the flame in one place for more that half a second. (you don't want to litaraly burn the disc, the smell is terrable, not to mention the fact that at that point the disc will neaver work again.you want to save the cd burning for music pirateing)basicly what i am saying it that too fast over the cd with the flame is waaaay better that too slow, don't incenerate the de, unless you don't care about it, in that case you could skip steps 1-3 and go striate to 4.

you may have to repeat thes steps once or twice depending on how bad the disc is dammaged, but it worked for me, so you could give it a try.
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- Emanuel   Repairing scratched CDs   Jul 22 2002, 11:43
- - kennedyb4   Hi. I have repaired probably over 100 cd's by now....   Jul 22 2002, 13:01
- - fewtch   You can also do a search for Novus plastic polish,...   Jul 22 2002, 13:07
|- - mickel   QUOTE (fewtch @ Jul 22 2002, 04:07 AM)You can...   Aug 10 2004, 08:06
- - Emanuel   For my lightly scratched cd:s, I ran down to a loc...   Jul 22 2002, 19:58
- - mijj   I've seen a reference to these on a different mess...   Jul 25 2002, 17:16
- - n68   yup... i have had good experience with toth past...   Aug 4 2002, 15:37
- - john33   In the UK, we have an automotive product called 'T...   Aug 4 2002, 15:46
- - frozenspeed   There's this store by where I live in Vermont, Dow...   Aug 4 2002, 16:38
- - asral   Hi, I repair them with a hadheld small butane tor...   Aug 4 2002, 17:14
- - Halcyon   See this thread at EAC forum for my test results: ...   Aug 12 2002, 21:57
- - asral   Hi, How do you polish a CDR without getting the d...   Aug 12 2002, 22:21
- - Cygnus X1   Another suggestion would be to try ~1500-grit rubb...   Aug 12 2002, 23:18
- - Pio2001   Hi, Halcyon ! Nice to see you, I was just wonderin...   Aug 12 2002, 23:39
- - KAMiKAZOW   Use a polishing machine. If you know an optician, ...   Aug 13 2002, 00:11
- - Oge_user   Maybe you can try to extract the tracks from a cd-...   Aug 27 2002, 19:03
- - fireballuk2001   QUOTE (john33 @ Aug 4 2002 - 02:46 PM)In the ...   Jan 9 2003, 00:31
- - ChS   I've been using several different things for C...   Jan 9 2003, 01:28
- - Personne   Automotive liquid buffing compound works real nice...   Jan 9 2003, 18:14
- - afreeman   Been storing your CDs in a box of rocks? First, e...   Jan 9 2003, 19:29
- - mtkversion   I've read that Brasso metal polish works well ...   Jan 10 2003, 19:59
- - Canar   QUOTE (kennedyb4 @ Jul 22 2002 - 04:01 AM)Hi....   Jan 14 2003, 05:29
- - CRasch   We have a Industrial CD Repair Unit here at Fresno...   Jan 14 2003, 07:19
- - boojum   Going back eons, I remember that the German metal ...   Aug 10 2003, 20:47
- - nbv4   I just rub some turtle wax on the play side, let i...   Aug 12 2003, 03:45
- - gooned   If I get a CD that has a read or sync errors using...   Aug 12 2003, 04:49
|- - MagentaMSI   QUOTE (gooned @ Aug 11 2003, 11:49 PM)If I ge...   Jun 1 2005, 05:44
- - outscape   some toothpastes work, but you have to know which ...   Aug 13 2003, 05:36
- - Infrared-Archer   Side note I did not get any good results with colg...   Aug 13 2003, 09:37
- - Fungus   Many thanks you guys! My totally Mad cd colelc...   Aug 25 2003, 15:49
- - westgroveg   Can anyone explain (in detail) the tooth paste scr...   Jan 11 2004, 07:42
- - rmoody   This is so cool to read all the different methods ...   Jan 11 2004, 08:50
- - NeoRenegade   Don't use the Fellowes scratch repair kit. Whi...   Jan 12 2004, 19:37
- - QuantumKnot   QUOTE (Oge_user @ Aug 28 2002, 04:03 AM)Maybe...   Jan 14 2004, 13:20
- - RaWShadow   Try some of this stuff http://www.cdfreaks.com/new...   Jan 14 2004, 14:09
- - DreamTactix291   QUOTE (QuantumKnot @ Jan 14 2004, 07:20 AM)QU...   Aug 10 2004, 08:22
- - Never_Again   I'm willing to bet that the brand name makes a...   Aug 13 2004, 18:25
- - DonP   With the long list of solutions, they all boil dow...   Jun 1 2005, 12:35
|- - ATWindsor   QUOTE (DonP @ Jun 1 2005, 03:35 AM)With the l...   Jun 1 2005, 13:15
|- - jaybeee   QUOTE (DonP @ Jun 1 2005, 12:35 PM)In a pinch...   Jun 1 2005, 13:23
|- - DonP   QUOTE (jaybeee @ Jun 1 2005, 07:23 AM) Maybe ...   Jun 1 2005, 13:51
- - beto   sorry, I don't want to hijack this thread and ...   Jun 1 2005, 14:09
- - kotrtim   QUOTE i have had good experience with toth paste.....   Jun 1 2005, 18:26
- - teleguise   Well seing this thread is alive and kicking in 200...   Aug 10 2005, 21:22
- - callmeace   I found that 'spitting' saliva on scratche...   Oct 2 2005, 06:10
- - ConCave   Use Brasso i had over 20 cds that were strached to...   Oct 16 2005, 16:16
- - odyssey   Has anyone tried the Disc Repair Pro Kit or even k...   Aug 29 2006, 12:10
|- - Rivers1080p   QUOTE (odyssey @ Aug 29 2006, 13:10) Has ...   Sep 6 2006, 17:25
- - odyssey   QUOTE (Rivers1080p @ Sep 6 2006, 18:25) I...   Sep 6 2006, 21:54
- - Eli   Try this thread, its a bit newwer: Review: CD Rep...   Sep 6 2006, 23:10
- - greynol   Toothpaste and turtlewax gets the job done a hellu...   Sep 6 2006, 23:17
|- - bhoar   QUOTE (greynol @ Sep 6 2006, 18:17) Tooth...   Sep 7 2006, 00:21
- - rudefyet   I have a can of Brasso, but I can't get good r...   Sep 7 2006, 01:54
- - odyssey   QUOTE (bhoar @ Sep 7 2006, 01:21) QUOTE (...   Sep 7 2006, 08:20
|- - bhoar   QUOTE (odyssey @ Sep 7 2006, 03:20) I...   Sep 7 2006, 08:38
- - odyssey   I went down to a local store asking for the DiscDr...   Sep 15 2006, 09:09
- - pepoluan   All: Do you think the information in this thread i...   Sep 15 2006, 12:52
- - Never_Again   Yes, under the "Urban folklore" heading....   Oct 5 2006, 03:58
|- - teh roxxors   I apply Brasso with a piece of T-shirt. It's ...   Dec 27 2006, 01:46
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (teh roxxors @ Dec 26 2006, 19:46) ...   Jan 5 2007, 07:33
|- - bhoar   QUOTE (krabapple @ Jan 5 2007, 01:33) You...   Jan 6 2007, 19:36
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (bhoar @ Jan 6 2007, 13:36) QUOTE (...   Jan 6 2007, 23:20
|- - bhoar   QUOTE (krabapple @ Jan 6 2007, 17:20) The...   Jan 8 2007, 08:13
- - janger   I got pretty good at this a few years ago and ppl ...   Dec 27 2006, 04:19
- - maggior   I restored some really scratched up CDs from the l...   Dec 27 2006, 06:38
|- - teh roxxors   Yeah, I've "ruined" discs with tooth...   Dec 28 2006, 22:53
- - cableguy   had anybody tried to repair dvd's using these ...   Dec 28 2006, 23:22
|- - bhoar   QUOTE (cableguy @ Dec 28 2006, 17:22) had...   Dec 29 2006, 03:13
|- - bhoar   Lastly, you can probably use one of these devices ...   Dec 29 2006, 04:00
|- - teh roxxors   You know, you are being ripped off paying good cas...   Jan 5 2007, 00:22
- - cableguy   I tried repairing a lightly scrached dvd this even...   Jan 5 2007, 03:48
- - Eli   As I stated in my other thread (link above) the Di...   Jan 6 2007, 20:24
- - mynamehere   Just to let people know there are CD and DVD repai...   Mar 5 2007, 19:39
- - sephiroth56068   i figured out a way to fix cd's and cd roms th...   Nov 5 2007, 05:18
- - teh roxxors   Well, I can't seem to edit my old post, so I...   May 29 2010, 22:06
- - teh roxxors   A little update: Staples stopped carrying Scratch...   Jul 2 2010, 03:49
- - greynol   I certainly wasn't the first to mention it, bu...   Jul 2 2010, 06:37
- - Seeking_Lossless   Greynol, seriously toothpaste like Colgate will wo...   Jul 2 2010, 08:45
- - teh roxxors   Toothpastes have mild abrasives designed to polish...   Jul 2 2010, 14:17
|- - Eli   QUOTE (teh roxxors @ Jul 2 2010, 09:17) A...   Jul 6 2010, 04:00
|- - teh roxxors   QUOTE (Eli @ Jul 5 2010, 22:00) QUOTE (te...   Jul 11 2010, 13:22
- - Seeking_Lossless   and how did you know your CD has been ruined? The ...   Jul 2 2010, 14:21
- - teh roxxors   EAC wouldn't rip them without error.   Jul 2 2010, 14:30
- - bilbo   For years here in the US, they have been advertisi...   Jul 2 2010, 16:26
- - greynol   QUOTE (teh roxxors @ Jul 2 2010, 06:17) A...   Jul 2 2010, 18:17
- - Speedskater   QUOTE (bilbo @ Jul 2 2010, 11:26) For yea...   Jul 6 2010, 18:18
- - Meeko   I'm with greynol - a toothpaste like Colgate h...   Jul 11 2010, 17:12


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