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mvasu22

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I have a huge collection of Audio CDs and movie DVDs and would treat them like GOD and kept them with lot of respect, but then when I had kids these CDs became their play toys. Although I was under supervision while they played with it, they caught a lot of surface scratches and some deep ones too.

So I looked into the internet and found some videos on how to clean it. I used them. Here are my ratings of each method that I tried.

1. Colgate tooth paste: (Not the gel) it worked well but still it was able to remove only the surface scratches. The deep ones still remained. By deep ones I mean those which make the player either skip tracks or Movies to freeze.

Result: 3/10

2. Car Liquid Wax polishes: This one worked well for a little time (2 days). The scratches came back. The wax polish only lasted for 2 days. My car wax does not need water for cleaning, hence just wiped it over the CD and removed the excess via cotton balls/soft cloth. When the polish was there the CD worked much better, but after 2 days it came back to the old state.

Result: 5/10

3. Chewing gum: (Not making this up) Found one video but had to watch it 2/3 times to understand how and make sure I did not screw up the CD. (The same method, use Banana Peel instead of Gum). Both these methods did not work at all, my guess is that the movie was well edited since, after the treatment the CDs in the movie were almost spotless and scratch free.

Result: 2/10

4. Finally I found one which worked wonders, its the Brasso technique. The only thing which we have to remember is to wipe it from the centre to the rim in a straight line rather than circular motion.

I guess that Brasso works well on old Brass/Bronze items, I tried it (Saw the video, not claiming my idea). It worked wonders, I tried it with an almost unplayable CD and it returned to playable state. The polish also stays for a long time.

Result: 7/10.

Having said this I would also advice not to use those which are brand new CD with single scratches, I lost one using the toothpaste method. All the above works well with little old and badly scratched CDs since it doesnt hurt us if we lose the medium completely. Also I found that too much of water is also not good for CD/DVD.

NOTE: Do not use air/air blowers to dry the medium, it has to be left in a cool place to dry. Not even reflective sun-light.

So my question now, Is there any other better method for me to remove those scratches from for those CD/DVD which have miniscule scratches (say 85% good) .

Folks do let me know, I have a few lined up in my collection for repair which have few not so deep scratches.

Thanks
 
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Asterix

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Thanks for the info mate....very useful post....I have personally used liquid soap (handwash) on scratched DVDs and found it effective for one use after the wash !
 

venkatcr

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Although I was under supervision while they played with it, they caught a lot of surface scratches and some deep ones too.
You were under your kid's supervision? No wonder your kids had lots of fun. Just wonder - a father who will take orders from his own kids. I want to be your kid in my next birth. :)

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suri

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You were under your kid's supervision? No wonder your kids had lots of fun. Just wonder - a father who will take orders from his own kids. I want to be your kid in my next birth. :)

Cheers
no venkatcr -

the wife was supervising entire proceedings - fathers can (suddenly) loose their cool, and run amuck?

hehe! - i am always under supervision when i am allowed to be near destructive children who come within 10 feet of my loudspeakers.
 

mvasu22

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no venkatcr -

the wife was supervising entire proceedings - fathers can (suddenly) loose their cool, and run amuck?

hehe! - i am always under supervision when i am allowed to be near destructive children who come within 10 feet of my loudspeakers.
@Venkatcr: my kids demand myself under their supervision, there is no way out for me.

@Suri: you hit the nail on the head, I will suddenly burst which ruins the day for everyone, hence I have been requested to be under kids domination.

Guess you folks are lucky.
 

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i distinctly remember venkatcr saying that the best way to deal with a scratched CD was to break it into pieces and throw it away.

@mvasu - my wife supervises me very carefully, because if i see/anticipate little children approaching my loudspeakers with intent to do harm, it is quite likely that the children will burst:lol:
 

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i distinctly remember venkatcr saying that the best way to deal with a scratched CD was to break it into pieces and throw it away.
If I really love an album, I usually buy two copies. I have now started ripping all my CDs. I have not had even one CD scratched till now, as I do not allow anyone else to touch my CDs.

Cheers
 

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that's a good idea venkat....

i do the exact same... no lending etc... also i NEVER use my cd's for listening in the car audio.... make a copy and use that... those sliding transports in cdp's used in cars really screw it up!
 

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those sliding transports in cdp's used in cars really screw it up!
Strangely both Cyrus and Emotiva use slot loading mechanism that are used in cars.

Cheers
 
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Sure. I will charge Rs.30 per CD plus courier charges. :):)

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that should be a done deal for all of us -

seeing that new cds go for 500 - 1000 INR /

and that some (old and rare) cds are not available for sale.
 
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