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Blasphemophizer



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: Ways To Repair Scratched CDs? Reply with quote

Is there such a thing? I have some CDs that skip due to a few silly scratches, is there anyway to reapir scratched CDs?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

windex and water. Then wipe it from the center out with a soft cloth/tissue. It'll get out most of the scratches/scuffs....but not really deep ones.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once a guy told me that he puts the CDs into the freezer 5 min and then clean them with a piece of towel as blodhemn9 said and also works in some cases but when the scratches are very deep the best option is to get a new CD Very Happy . I've never done this.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blodhemn9 wrote:
windex and water. Then wipe it from the center out with a soft cloth/tissue. It'll get out most of the scratches/scuffs....but not really deep ones.

If you're going to use a tissue, make sure it's not a puffs or other tissues like it, because they leave a greasy/oily film on the disc, am unsure if it will ruin the disc, but its not worth the risk, especially on a rare one.

It's hard to save CD's that have pitting or scratches, one thing that works, is go to your local blockbuster/Hollywood video and ask them to buff off a layer, some machines do it really well, some will leave different patterns(buff marks), but they usually come out working fine.

What I found that helps, is soap wash the disc and then pat it dry, not wipe, if you going to wipe, make sure you always wipe lightly from the center outwards.

There are also kits out there, that have what is like a scratch filler, but I've never used them.

You can check it out here: How to Repair Scratched CDs
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CHRISTS_DARK_KINGDOM wrote:

It's hard to save CD's that have pitting or scratches, one thing that works, is go to your local blockbuster/Hollywood video and ask them to buff off a layer, some machines do it really well, some will leave different patterns(buff marks), but they usually come out working fine.


Some record stores also offer this. Usually works really well except for super deep scratches.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that rubbing the CD with a (peeled) banana and after that wiping the muck with a soft towel until it's clean again will do the trick!
So the gaps caused by the scratch are reportedly filled by the banana stuff and the CD will be readable again.
I didn't try it until now, but I guess you could try it with a scratched CD you don't need anymore before you ruin a CD you actually want to rescue.
Would be pretty cool if that worked!Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sinner wrote:
I heard that rubbing the CD with a (peeled) banana and after that wiping the muck with a soft towel until it's clean again will do the trick!
So the gaps caused by the scratch are reportedly filled by the banana stuff and the CD will be readable again.
I didn't try it until now, but I guess you could try it with a scratched CD you don't need anymore before you ruin a CD you actually want to rescue.
Would be pretty cool if that worked!Wink


This is probably one of those myth solutions people make up just to see if anyone is crazy enough to try it.

I may try this on my iron maiden cd's though. Upon looking at them the condition of them is probably unplayable due to their level of scratches from being tossed around my stereos and rooms for the good part of 8 years Laughing A friend of mine wanted them, so i could fix them up and sell them to get money and buy the LP versions of these classics.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sometimes you can get a good cd ripping program like EAC and try to get the data off the disc and reburn it to a new one. even if it won't play, sometimes enough of the redundant data is still there so the program can correct it and make an image file for you to reburn.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best thing to do is to rubb with toothpaste and waster. It worked for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

best cure is to buy records
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SS Death Dealer wrote:
best cure is to buy records


AGREED.

however if you want you can wash it under warm water with some soap, then dry with a lint free towel. preferably a micro-fiber one so you don't scratch it. I got this very old Incantation cd from a trade and did that-worked like new afterwards. Before that it had some kind a shit on it, like some nasty corn syrup or something.. disgusting.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheLastWound wrote:
The best thing to do is to rubb with toothpaste and waster. It worked for me.


This. The cd looks like shit after that, but still works better.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, what is windex? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vampallens wrote:
Sorry, what is windex?

It's a window/glass cleaner.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CHRISTS_DARK_KINGDOM wrote:
Vampallens wrote:
Sorry, what is windex?

It's a window/glass cleaner.


Ok, I know now. Thanx Wink
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