Sunday, October 18, 2009

Use Toothpaste to repair a CD Scratch

Stop old cds from skipping
A CD or compact disc is an optical disc used to store digital data like pictures, music, files or programs. They are made of polycarbonate plastic and have a thin layer of aluminum added to make it reflective. CDs are susceptible to scratches, however these scratches are usually on the protective plastic coating, not actually where the data is stored. This means light buffing using a slightly abrasive medium can repair a CD to like new condition. Toothpaste is the perfect medium for this job because it is abrasive but gentle and will not cause further damage to the CD.

Using cotton swab, gently rub the paste into the scratches until they disappear. Rinse with water and dry.

1 comment:

  1. The machine that polishes from center out (OR VISA VERSA) does work. You can do at least as well by hand. You need a slightly abrasive compound and a no fuzz polishing cloth. Put some polishing compound on the disk near the scratch and rub furiously in a radial back and forth motion. Add a little dab and continue to polish an adjacent radius until all scratches are gone. Abrasive tooth paste works well as a compound. I've recovered both CDs and DVDs this way. If the scratch is on the label side I have no way to fix it.